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Secondary hypertension and kidney failure

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I was told by my doctor that opening the artery to the left kidney would do no good. Basically the kidney is dead. When I asked about opening the right artery, she said that the blockage was an insignificant amount. They are opting to do nothing at this time. At what point does a blockage become significant to do something about? Nothing is being done as far as treatment. Do I need a second opinion?

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replied August 7th, 2008
Kidney Conditions Answer A4550
Your high blood pressure is probably a result of the kidney disorder. That type of high blood pressure is called secondary hypertension. In time, the hypertension itself damages the kidneys. A kidney can be “dead” but still causing hypertension. Such a damaged kidney should be removed surgically. You need evaluation of both kidneys’ function before starting any therapy. Blocked renal arteries can be unblocked.

You may want to consult a nephrologist for an expert opinion.

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