Selective Trans-arterial Embolization of Iatrogenic Vascular Lesions Did Not Influence the Global Renal Function After Partial Nephrectomy


      To evaluate the renal function outcomes after selective trans-arterial embolization (SAE) of iatrogenic vascular lesions (IVL), including pseudoaneurysm and arteriovenous fistula, following partial nephrectomy (PN).


      A multi-institutional study was conducted including consecutive patients who underwent PN between January 2009 and March 2019. Two surgical approaches were used: open and robot-assisted PN. Patients with SAE were identified and matched (1:2) with patients without IVL. The matching criteria were age, gender, Charlson score, creatinine clearance, RENAL score, and tumor size. The primary outcome was the evolution of global renal function at 6-months postoperatively.


      A total of 493 consecutive PN (360 open PN and 133 robot-assisted PN) were included. IVL occurred in 17 cases (3.4%) without statistical difference according to the surgical approach (P = .78). Patients from embolization group were matched to 34 cases without postoperative IVL. Groups were comparable concerning clinical, tumor and surgical characteristics. The clinical success of SAE, defined as the absence of recourse to a second embolization or a total nephrectomy, was obtained in 16 (94.1%) cases. No minor or major complications were reported after SAE. The preoperative estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was similar between control group (93 [85-102] ml/min) and embolization group (95 [83-102] ml/min) (P = .99). Median (IQR) eGFR between control group (87 [72-95] ml/min) and embolization group (83 [76-93] ml/min) at a follow-up of 6 months showed no significant difference (P = .73).


      IVL are rare complications of PN. SAE is an effective and minimally invasive management tool, with no deleterious effect on global renal function.
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