[Fibromuscular dysplasia].

Research paper by A C AC Desbois, F F Koskas, P P Cacoub

Indexed on: 03 Dec '14Published on: 03 Dec '14Published in: La Revue de Médecine Interne


Fibromuscular dysplasia is a segmentary, non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory vascular disease that may result in stenosis, occlusion, aneurysms or dissection of medium arteries. Renal involvement is the most frequent location, described in 60-100% of patients. Renal stenosis can be asymptomatic or complicated with arterial hypertension or less frequently with renal insufficiency. Carotid and vertebral involvements are less frequent (10-35%). Surgical management of fibromuscular dysplasia is now less common because of the better efficacy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Thus, histologic characteristics are no longer relevant prognostic criteria. Clinical features and outcome vary according to angiographic presentation (focal or multifocal disease), with an increased recovery rate of hypertension with focal lesions. In the presence of renal fibromuscular dysplasia, only symptomatic patients are revascularized (recent or resistant hypertension) or patients with asymmetric renal size or impaired renal function. Transluminal angioplasty is the first-line treatment except for patients with complex lesions or stenosis associated with aneurysm.