OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the volume alteration and effective renal plasma flow of kidneys supplied by false lumens (FLs) with those of kidneys supplied by true lumens (TLs), to show the discrepancy in perfusion between the two lumens. We sought to corroborate malperfusion of FL-supplied kidneys with imaging characteristics observed on CT angiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted using prospectively collected data for 87 patients with a diagnosis of residual chronic aortic dissection between 2005 and 2013 who had one kidney perfused by a TL and the other kidney perfused by a FL. RESULTS: Overall, at follow-up, FL-supplied kidneys had a mean (± SD) effective renal plasma flow (117.5 ± 42.6 vs 146.6 ± 41.0 mL/min; p = 0.004) and volume (131.1 ± 37.1 vs 146.5 ± 33.3 cm3; p = 0.004) that were lower than those of TL-supplied kidneys. Multivariate analysis revealed the presence of a proximal major inlet (odds ratio, 0.306; 95% CI, 0.103-0.910; p = 0.033) and large FL area (odds ratio, 0.104; CI, 0.012-0.880; p = 0.038) as factors protecting against malperfusion of FL-supplied kidneys. In patients with dissected renal arteries, the FL-supplied kidney had low effective renal plasma flow (mean, 88.5 ± 26.8 vs 149.6 ± 43.5 mL/min; p = 0.004) and diminished volume (mean, 120.4 ± 30.4 vs 152.3 ± 24.6 cm3; p = 0.001). CONCLUSION: In the present study, kidneys perfused by FLs showed decreased volume and reduced effective renal plasma flow during follow-up, particularly those kidneys with dissected renal arteries, a small FL area at the renal level, and lack of a proximal major inlet. Further studies are warranted to identify the clinical relevance of malperfusion in FL-supplied kidneys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1409-1416
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Aortic dissection
  • Effective renal plasma flow
  • Kidney perfusion
  • Malperfusion
  • Renal function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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