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Chirurgia 2011 April;24(2):93-4

language: English

Leriche syndrome in combination with a pelvic kidney

Franken J. M. 1, De Groot H. G. W. 1, Geenen G. P. J. 2, Van Der Laan L. 1

1 Department of Surgery, Amphia Hospital, Breda, The Netherlands
2 Department of Radiology, Amphia Hospital, Breda, The Netherlands


Leriche syndrome is caused by a chronic obstruction of the aortic bifurcation and its characteristic symptoms include intermittent claudication or symptoms of critical ischemia, absent or diminished peripheral pulses and erectile dysfunction. A pelvic kidney is a rare finding and often accidentally diagnosed when imaging the abdomen. The ectopic or pelvic kidney arises because of a failure to ascend in the embryo. When confronted with a variation in the anatomy of the kidney and its blood supply abdominal, and in particular aortic surgery, gets even more complicated. Angiographic imaging is mandatory in being able to perform a carefully planned and controlled operation to the aorta.

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