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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 21(4); 2010 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2010;21(4): 516-519.
A Case of the Nutcracker Syndrome Presenting as Left Flank Pain
Ryeok Ahn, Sun Hyu Kim, Woo Youn Kim, Jung Seok Hong, Eun Seok Hong
Department of Emergency Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea. uuh0729166@hanmil.net
The nutcracker syndrome does not occur frequently. The condition usually results from compression of the left renal vein between the superior mesenteric artery and the abdominal aorta, and leads to varicocele, flank pain and lateralizing hematuria. With a full review of the literature, we now report and discuss a case of nutcracker syndrome in which a 30-year-old female visited the emergency center for left flank pain. She experienced complete recovery after conservative treatment.
Key words: Peripheral vascular diseases, Renal veins, Flank pain
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