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Fibromuscular Dysplasia

By

Koon K. Teo

, MBBCh, PhD, McMaster University

Reviewed/Revised Jul 2023
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Fibromuscular dysplasia is abnormal thickening of the walls of arteries that is not related to atherosclerosis or inflammation but that causes artery narrowing or blockage.

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Fibromuscular dysplasia may affect the arteries that supply the kidneys (renal arteries), brain (carotid and intracranial arteries), stomach and intestine (intra-abdominal arteries such as the celiac and mesenteric arteries), or the arteries that branch off the lower part of the aorta to supply the legs (external iliac arteries). People may have fibromuscular dysplasia in more than one artery.

Fibromuscular dysplasia usually causes no symptoms regardless of location. Symptoms, when they occur, vary by location.

Treatment of Fibromuscular Dysplasia

  • Angioplasty, surgery, or aneurysm repair

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