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Follow-up of early unilateral nephrectomy for hypertension
  1. Shivaram Hegde,
  2. Malcolm G Coulthard
  1. Department of Paediatric Nephrology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Malcolm G Coulthard
    Department of Paediatric Nephrology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4LP, UK; malcolm.coulthard{at}


Early unilateral nephrectomy was carried out in four young children with unilateral renovascular disease, a poorly functioning kidney and hypertension. At follow-up 5–16 years later all showed normal growth, blood pressure and renal function, and only one child had low-grade albuminuria. Unilateral nephrectomy seems to be a safe and effective alternative to long-term hypotensive treatment.

  • unilateral nephrectomy
  • hypertension
  • infants
  • treatment options
  • follow-up

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  • Published Online First 21 September 2006

  • Competing interests: None declared.