Author(s): Iloreta AT, Blaufox MD
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Abstract Arteriovenous fistula of the kidney is a common complication of percutaneous needle biopsy with a reported incidence of as high as 15\% in some series. Although a few cases eventually may develop hypertension, cardiomegaly, or congestive heart failure, most heal spontaneously within 1-18 months. Those which do not heal within this time are usually treated surgically and consequently there is little available information concerning the long-term conservative management of this problem. The subject of this report is a patient who has been followed medically for 10 years and who, despite the persistence of a large fistula, remains in good health.
This article was published in Nephron
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports