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Unilateral renal artery stenosis presenting as acute flaccid paralysis: a rare presentation
  1. Pradyumna Kumar Singh,
  2. Rajesh Rajput,
  3. Saurav Banerjee,
  4. Keshav Garg
  1. Department of Endocrinology and Medicine Unit 5, Pt. B.D.Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rajesh Rajput, drrajeshrajput{at}


Renovascular hypertension is one of the common causes of secondary hypertension. Here we report a case of patient of renal artery stenosis presenting to the emergency department as a case of acute flaccid paralysis. Renal artery stenosis has been associated with hypokalaemia, but rarely reported to be symptomatic. Initial correction of hypokalaemia leads to improvement of weakness and aetiological work up for hypokalaemia with hypertension revealed hypokalaemia due to hyperaldosteronism secondary to unilateral renal artery stenosis. The patient was managed medically with aldosterone antagonist in the anti hypertensive therapy and weakness did not recur despite withdrawal of potassium supplements. On follow-up, the patient was ambulatory with no signs of weakness, controlled blood pressure and normal potassium level.

  • fluid electrolyte and acid-base disturbances
  • hypertension
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  • Contributors RR and PKS: conceived the idea of the case. RR: provided scientific guidance in the work up for the case. KG: helped with investigations and interpretation of results. SB and PKS: worked for the reporting and review of the case report. All authors have contributed equally in the editing and drafting of the manuscript.

  • 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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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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