Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2582-0931)

Case Report Volume 6 Issue 1

Nutcracker Syndrome

Adel Ekladious1,2*

1University of Western Australia 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, Western Australia
2Royal Hobart hospital, Tasmania, Australia

*Corresponding Author: Adel Ekladious, Associate professor of Medicine. Mobile: 61499449904, E-mail:

Received: November 08, 2021; Published: December 15, 2021


Nutcracker Syndrome is a rare condition that presents with variable non-specific symptoms and signs including loin pain, chronic pain syndrome, macroscopic and microscopic haematuria, orthostatic albuminuria, occasionally varicocele, infrequently chronic renal failure. As a result, these patients are often treated as pyelonephritis or diagnosed with benign orthostatic albuminuria. They may also be subject further investigation with cystoscopy by urology. It is not uncommon for these patients to be labelled with chronic pain syndrome, functional pain syndrome or fibromyalgia, with significant morbidity involving chronic pain poorly controlled with analgesia. We present a 29-year-old medical student with chronic pain, who was given a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Following recurrent presentations to emergency department with left loin pain and intermittent haematuria, the patient was admitted under urology for further investigation. Doppler ultrasound, CT, and MRI showed compression of the Left Renal Vein (LRV) between superior mesenteric artery and adnominal aorta confirming the diagnosis of nutcracker syndrome. The patient opted for endovascular therapy with left renal vein stenting that resulted in resolution of all symptoms. Although nutcracker syndrome is a rare condition, a low threshold to discuss radiological findings with a senior radiologist is required to exclude nutcracker syndrome once common causes of haematuria and loin pain have been ruled out. Failure to diagnose Nutcracker in a timely manner can lead to serious complication and irreversible kidney injury.

Keywords: Renal Vein; Kidney; Nutcracker Syndrome


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Citation: Adel Ekladious. “Nutcracker Syndrome". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 6.1 (2022): 171-173.


Copyright: © 2022 Adel Ekladious. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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