Renal sympathetic denervation for resistant hypertension in a patient with a single kidney

Bo Xu and Robert J Whitbourn
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00003
Published online: 3 March 2014

To the Editor: We report a case of successful renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) treatment for resistant hypertension in a patient with a single kidney.1-3 RSD is performed via femoral arterial access, using a radiofrequency ablation catheter to deliver energy to the renal artery wall. When delivering RSD to a single kidney, potential renal artery vascular complications can have a significant negative impact on a patient’s renal function, compared with patients with two functioning kidneys.

  • Bo Xu
  • Robert J Whitbourn

  • St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

Robert Whitbourn has received institutional grants and honoraria from Medtronic.


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