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Renal arteriovenous malformation and venous thrombosis: a tumour-like presentation
  1. Fares Kosseifi1,2,
  2. Martin Brenier1,
  3. Isabelle Boulay3 and
  4. Xavier Durand1
  1. 1Department of Urology, Paris Saint Joseph Hospital Group, Paris, France
  2. 2Faculty of Medical Sciences, Lebanese University, Hadath, Lebanon
  3. 3Department of Radiology, Paris Saint Joseph Hospital Group, Paris, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fares Kosseifi; fareskosseifi{at}


Renal arteriovenous malformation is a primarily congenital renal vascular abnormality. It is usually diagnosed incidentally on imaging, and the most common subtype is ‘cirsoid’, consisting of multiple, enlarged arterial feeders interconnecting with draining veins. We present a 74-year-old woman with an incidental finding of what was at first considered a hypervascularised kidney tumour but turned out to be a left intrarenal arteriovenous malformation associated with a left renal vein thrombosis. Selective endovascular embolisation was performed. The cause-consequence relationship between the arteriovenous malformation and the thrombosis is unique. To our knowledge, no such case has ever been reported.

  • renal intervention
  • urology
  • radiology
  • interventional radiology

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  • Contributors MB and IB treated the patient. FK and MB wrote the manuscript. XD and IB critically reviewed and approved it for publication.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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