Treatment by corticosteroid and plasma exchange in 5 cases of renal cholesterol embolic disease

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Abstract

Cholesterol arterial embolization is a systemic disease resulting from cholesterol crystal embolization to multiple organs, including the kidney, skin, brain, eye, gastrointestinal tract and extremities. In general, it is associated with high morbidity and mortality, but no optimal treatment has yet been developed. In this paper, we report five patients with cholesterol atheroembolic renal failure. In three of the five patients, combined therapy with corticosteroids and plasma exchange was performed. The three patients survived. On the other hand, the two remaining patients died of multifactorial causes. In this report, the literature on steroid therapy for cholesterol atheroembolic renal disease is reviewed and the efficacy of combined therapy by use of corticosteroids and plasma exchange is evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Nephrology
Volume42
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nephrology

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