In response to the question regarding collateral supply to the kidney I
the following response from Beverley Ketel, the head of transplant
here at U. of Arkansas:
Should I answer the question? There are small collateral vessels which
keep the kidney "alive" but do not allow any significant kidney
Occasionally we identify a kidney which has had a recent renal artery
occlusion and is still viable because of collaterals. If the renal
reconstructed the kidney sometimes functions again. If the main artery
occluded for too long no meaningful function returns to the kidney.
Barone has gotten one patient off dialysis by reconstructing both of her
occluded renal arteries.
From: Lee Nix@CARDIAC
To: Beverley Ketel, M.D.
Subject: FW: RENAL ARTERY OCCLUSIONS
Date: Tuesday, November 05, 1996 2:13PM
Here is an interesting question for you from the peripheral vascular
system. I wasn't aware that there were any collaterals for renal