An uncommon cause of acute flank pain: renal infarction
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Renal infarction is a rare condition due to the occlusion of the renal artery by thromboemboli of cardiac origin or by in situ thrombosis. However, the frequency of renal infarction may be higher than detected, because the diagnosis is often missed or delayed because of nonspecific presentation of symptoms. A prompt diagnosis is a challenge, and it is crucial in preserving renal function. Here, we describe a case of cardioembolic renal infarction that, despite being immediately detected and treated, led to impaired renal function due to the prolonged duration of ischemia.
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