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Nutcracker phenomenon and syndrome

Nutcracker phenomenon refers to compression of the left renal vein, most commonly between the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery, with impaired blood outflow often accompanied by distention of the distal portion of the vein. The nutcracker syndrome (NCS) is the clinical equivalent of nutcracker phenomenon characterized by a complex of symptoms with substantial variations. Treatment , when deemed necessary is often minimally invasive.

Nutcracker phenomenon and syndrome

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