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Fibromuscular Dysplasia

A pathology of arteries mostly affecting women

Heather L. Gornik, MD, MHS, Director Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, discusses fibromuscular dysplasia, a pathology of arteries that is not inflammatory and not atherosclerotic, involving mainly the renal and carotid arteries. The pathology in the vessel wall leads to abnormalities that have clinical consequences, and 90% of patients affected are women.

Fibromuscular dysplasia is a pathology of mainly renal or carotid arteries that leads to stenosis, aneurysms and dissections of blood vessels. Most common in women, clinical presentation is driven by the location of vessel pathology.

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References and Resources:
Derkacz A, Podgórski M, Poreba R, Belowska-Bień K, Gruber K, Słonina J, Szuba A, Andrzejak R. Renal hypertension. A case report – therapeutic dilemmas. Kardiol Pol. 2009 Jun;67(6):663-5.
de Jong J, Piek J, van der Wal A. Multifocal arterial fibromuscular dysplasia causing coronary artery dissection following coronary angiography. EuroIntervention. 2009 May;5(1):166.

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