Recognizing and managing fibromuscular dysplasia

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Fibromuscular dysplasia typically occurs in young women and most commonly presents with hypertension, transient ischemic attack, stroke, or an asymptomatic cervical bruit. The disease is nonatherosclerotic and noninflammatory and most often affects the renal and carotid arteries, although almost any artery can be involved. On angiography, affected blood vessels characteristically resemble a string of beads in the most common type of fibromuscular dysplasia, medial fibroplasia. Patients with renal artery stenosis and hypertension or renal impairment should be treated with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty without a stent. Patients with fibromuscular dysplasia of the internal carotid artery should also be treated with angioplasty if they develop focal neurologic symptoms such as a transient ischemic attack or stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalCleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2007


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