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A Rare Case of Unilateral Renal Cortical Necrosis

Authors
  • Haaskjold, Yngvar Lunde
  • Nylund, Kim
  • Skrunes, Rannveig
Type
Published Article
Journal
Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Feb 12, 2021
Volume
11
Issue
1
Pages
63–68
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000512228
PMID: 33708801
PMCID: PMC7923723
Source
Karger
Keywords
License
Green
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Abstract

Unilateral cortical necrosis is a rare condition, and only described in a few case reports. We present a case of a previously healthy 24-year-old male with acute unilateral cortical necrosis, where contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) became a valuable diagnostic tool. Antiphospholipid syndrome was subsequently diagnosed. Primary antiphospholipid syndrome is a well-known, but rare cause of cortical necrosis. It promotes thrombosis in renal arteries, capillaries and veins, and usually affects both kidneys. Unilateral cortical necrosis due to antiphospholipid syndrome has, to our knowledge, not been previously described.

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