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ISRN Anatomy
Volume 2013, Article ID 405712, 4 pages
Research Article

Supernumerary Renal Arteries and Their Embryological and Clinical Correlation: A Cadaveric Study from North India

1Department of Anatomy, L. N. Medical College and Research Center, Bhopal, India
2Department of Anatomy, Muzaffarnagar Medical College, Muzaffarnagar, India
3Department of Anatomy, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, India

Received 27 December 2012; Accepted 17 January 2013

Academic Editors: A. Capehart and M. Guvencer

Copyright © 2013 Virendra Budhiraja 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.


Background. Classically, each kidney is supplied by a single renal artery originating from abdominal aorta. The present study aimed at its variations and their embryological and clinical correlation. Material and Methods. The formalin-fixed thirty-seven cadavers from north India constituted the material for the study. During routine abdominal dissection conducted for medical undergraduates at the department of anatomy, the kidneys along with their arteries were explored and the morphological variations of renal arteries were noted. Results. We observed supernumerary renal arteries in 23/37 (62.2%) cases (48.6% of aortic origin and 13.5% of renal origin) on the right side and 21/37 (56.8%) cases (45.9% of aortic origin and 10.8% of renal origin) on the left side. Supernumerary renal arteries entered the kidney through hilum, superior pole, and inferior pole. Conclusion. Awareness of variations of renal artery is necessary for surgical management during renal transplantation, repair of abdominal aorta aneurysm, and urological procedures and for angiographic interventions.