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Case Reports in Nephrology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 9565873, 4 pages
Case Report

A Rare Cause of Acute Kidney Injury in a Female Patient with Breast Cancer Presenting as Renal Colic

Center of Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Fundeni Clinical Institute, 258 Fundeni Street, District 2, 022328 Bucharest, Romania

Received 12 March 2016; Revised 20 April 2016; Accepted 4 May 2016

Academic Editor: Helmut H. Schiffl

Copyright © 2016 Roxana Jurubita et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Renal infarction is a rare cause of acute kidney injury which could lead to permanent loss of renal function. A prompt diagnosis is necessary in order to achieve a successful revascularization of the occluded artery. Given the rarity of the disease and the paucity of the reported cases in the previous literature a high index of suspicion must be maintained not only in the classical cardiac sources of systemic emboli (atrial fibrillation, dilated cardiomyopathy, or endocarditis), but also in the situations when a hypercoagulable state is presumed. The unspecific presenting symptoms often mask the true etiology of the patient’s complaints. We present here a rare case of renal infarction that occurred in the setting of a hypercoagulable state, in a female patient with a history of breast cancer and documented hepatic metastases.