Eyes Open to Renal Vein Thrombosis
Renal vein thrombosis is a blood clot that occurs in the veins draining blood from the kidneys. A blood clot in the renal vein will impact kidney function because it slows the flow of blood from the kidney and can reduce the kidneys’ ability to do the work of cleaning and filtering the blood. This can cause pain as well as affecting kidney function.
Renal vein thrombosis is treated with a therapeutic dose of anticoagulation. Renal function must be checked prior to starting treatment to ensure the correct anticoagulant drug and dose is used at diagnosis to allow the clot to resolve, maintain kidney function and reduce pain.
Men are twice as likely to suffer from renal vein thrombosis than women, although the reasons for this are largely unknown. It is more common in people over the age of 40.