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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 618-620

Simultaneous kissing balloon stenting technique in management of two branches of right renal artery bifurcation: A case report

Department of Cardiology BLK Superspeciality Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission15-May-2021
Date of Acceptance30-Apr-2022
Date of Web Publication22-Nov-2022

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Bilal Ahmad Baba
BLK Superspeciality Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi - 110 005
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DOI: 10.4103/ijn.ijn_202_21

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Atherosclerosis and fibromuscular dysplasia are the commonest types of diseases associated with renovascular hypertension, with atherosclerosis accounting for 70%–80% of all cases and the latter accounting for 10% of cases. We report a case of a 65-year-old asian male with stenosis of the right renal artery with early bifurcation treated by percutaneous balloon dilation and simultaneous kissing balloon stenting technique.

Keywords: Bifurcation, percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty, simultaneous kissing stenting

How to cite this article:
Baba BA, Sethi A, Goyal NK. Simultaneous kissing balloon stenting technique in management of two branches of right renal artery bifurcation: A case report. Indian J Nephrol 2022;32:618-20

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Baba BA, Sethi A, Goyal NK. Simultaneous kissing balloon stenting technique in management of two branches of right renal artery bifurcation: A case report. Indian J Nephrol [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jan 27];32:618-20. Available from:

  Introduction Top

Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (RAS) usually involves the ostium and the proximal one-third of the renal artery main branch. Occasionally, atherosclerotic RAS involves renal artery bifurcations.[1],[2] Renal artery angioplasty with stent placement can safely and successfully resolve atherosclerotic narrowing, but stent implantation in atherosclerotic RAS involving bifurcation is not only troublesome, but also challenging. Some researchers have concluded that, in small renal arteries, there remains a considerable risk of restenosis on the order of 40%.[3] A possible solution in small renal arteries might be drug eluting stents (DES), although this was not supported by the GREAT trial.[3] In the GREAT trial, the in-stent percent diameter stenosis, binary restenosis rates, late lumen loss, and repeat revascularization after renal artery stent implantation were lower in the sirolimus-eluting stent group than in the bare metal stent (BMS) group, but the difference was not statistically significant, which might be explained by the number of target vessels with reference caliber ≥5.0 mm.[4]

  Case Presentation Top

A 65-year-old male was referred to our department for renal angiogram following 7 months of uncontrolled hypertension despite receiving medications. Initially, the patient presented with severe headache. Patient was a case of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and coronary artery disease apart from hypertension. He had no history of smoking or drinking alcohol. The result of his physical examination was unremarkable; his general, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and abdominal examinations were unremarkable. Laboratory investigations revealed normal complete blood count, serum cholesterol, lipid profile, and renal function (serum creatinine 1.8 mg/dL). Ultrasound sonography (USG) Doppler showed his right kidney size was normal with measurement of 9.6 cm by 4.8 cm. Renal Doppler ultrasound confirmed RAS with renal resistive index of 0.53. Renal angiography confirmed stenosis of the right renal artery with early bifurcation [Figure 1]a.
Figure 1: (a) Angiogram showing critical stenosis of the right renal artery (bifurcation lesion). (b) PTCA BMW wires crossed in both branches. (c) Simultaneous kissing balloon dilation of both renal branches. (d) Two drug-eluting stents placed in approximation (SKS technique). (e) Post-stenting arteriogram shows improvement in lumen and good flow in both branches

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Endovascular procedure

Renal angiogram was obtained under the guidance of digital subtraction angiography (floor-mounted Artis zee; Siemens Medical Solutions, Munich, Germany) using the Seldinger technique with a 6-French sheath with 5-French JR Judkin catheter, and the osteo-proximal stenosis and stenosis of both branches and their respective distal flow on the right renal side were revealed [Figure 1]a. Intravenous, 3000 units of unfractionated heparin was given.

The decision was taken to perform percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty with drug-eluting coronary stents. The right femoral 6-French sheath was exchanged with 7-French introducer sheath (Terumo Interventional Systems, Tokyo, Japan). Then, 2000 units of heparin was repeated. Renal double curve (RDC) 55 cm catheter was used and the right renal artery was hooked; both lesions were crossed with balanced middle weight (BMW) wire [Figure 1]b. With two balloons of 3 mm × 15 mm (Biotronik, Berlin, Germany), both were dilated at the same time [Figure 1]c. Two drug-eluting balloon-mounted coronary stents, Abbott vascular XIENCE PRIME stents, measuring 4.0 × 18 mm in the upper division and 3.5 × 18 mm in the lower branch were placed in parallel (kissing position) [Figure 1]d and simultaneously inflated in both branches. A good angiographic result was obtained with no need for further ballooning. The final angiogram was obtained to confirm the position of the stent, the patency of the lumen, and distal blood flow [Figure 1]e. Finally, after the procedure, the patient was shifted to the critical care unit (CCU) and his blood pressure was monitored and recorded. It showed a significant reduction of blood pressure to 128/87 mmHg. After 24 h of observation, the patient was discharged home with aspirin (75 mg/day) and clopidogrel (75mg/day) with statins.

  Discussion Top

We report a case of a 65-year-old male with stenosis of right renal artery with early bifurcation treated by percutaneous balloon dilatation and stenting of both branches. RAS is one of the common causes of secondary hypertension.[5],[6],[7] Atherosclerosis and fibromuscular dysplasia are the commonest types of stenosis associated with Renovascular hypertension (RVH). Severe stenosis may lead to loss of excretory function of the kidney. Despite its prevalence, atherosclerotic RAS (ARAS) is poorly defined. Its incidence ranges approximately from 30% among patients with coronary artery disease detected by angiographic study to 50% among elderly people or those with diffuse atherosclerotic vascular diseases.[8] ARAS is a progressive disease that may occur alone or in combination with hypertension and ischemic heart disease. Stent placement in this case is highly recommended because it has been shown to improve immediate and long-term outcomes.[9],[10],[11] Stent placement can play an integral role in therapy for patients with lesions difficult to treat with balloon angioplasty, as well as after a suboptimal balloon angioplasty result. Surgical reconstruction of the renal artery is generally performed only in patients with complicated renal artery anatomy or in those who require para-renal aortic reconstructions for aortic aneurysms or severe aortoiliac occlusive disease.

  Conclusion Top

Renal angiography is the gold standard for diagnosing renal artery stenosis and allows further intervention in which percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty can be performed in the same setting. Two-stent strategy is a good option in renal artery bifurcation diseases.

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