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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 806-808
Asymptomatic Bilateral Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction due to Supernumerary Renal Arteries

1 Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Research Center, Tabriz University (Medical Sciences), Tabriz, Iran
2 Department of Radiology, Tabriz University (Medical Sciences), Tabriz, Iran
3 Department of Cell Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, USA
4 Faculty of Medicine, Tabriz University (Medical Sciences), Tabriz, Iran

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Mohammadali M Shoja
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A supernumerary renal artery is a common arterial variation, which warrants consi­derations in a variety of urologic and retroperitoneal operations. Supernumerary renal arteries can be associated with other uro-vascular variations and anomalies such as duplicated renal veins and ureters, aberrant origin of the gonadal arteries, persistence of fetal renal lobulation, and kidney malrotation. The role of crossing supernumerary renal arteries in ureteropelvic junction obstruc­tion (UPJO) is controversial. We report a healthy potential renal transplant donor with bilateral UPJO, which appeared to be secondary to supernumerary renal (inferior polar) arteries. We believe that the bilateral occurrence of asymptomatic UPJO associated with supernumerary renal arteries has not been previously reported.

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