|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 82-84
Acute urinary obstruction during99mTc-ethylenedicysteine diuretic renal scintigraphy acquisition: Is furosemide the culprit?
Shelvin Kumar Vadi, Anish Bhattacharya, Ashwani Sood, Bhagwant Rai Mittal
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
|Date of Submission||14-Apr-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||21-May-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||14-Jan-2020|
Dr. Ashwani Sood
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
| Abstract|| |
99mTc-ethylenedicysteine (99mTc-EC) diuretic renal scintigraphy is an established, safe, and noninvasive study to evaluate relative renal function and drainage. We present a known case of bilateral renal stone disease who presented with acute urinary obstruction detected intraprocedurally on99mTc-EC diuretic renography. He was managed subsequently with emergency double J stenting. The development of acute obstruction intraprocedurally in this patient may be resultant of forced diuresis caused by furosemide, dislodging the renal stones in the distal ureters. In the setting of renal calculi, cautious use of furosemide with watchful monitoring may be needed to see for the development of obstruction and manage accordingly.
Keywords: 99mTc-Ethylenedicysteine, acute urinary obstruction, diuretic, furosemide, renal scintigraphy, renal stone disease
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Vadi SK, Bhattacharya A, Sood A, Mittal BR. Acute urinary obstruction during99mTc-ethylenedicysteine diuretic renal scintigraphy acquisition: Is furosemide the culprit?. World J Nucl Med 2020;19:82-4
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Vadi SK, Bhattacharya A, Sood A, Mittal BR. Acute urinary obstruction during99mTc-ethylenedicysteine diuretic renal scintigraphy acquisition: Is furosemide the culprit?. World J Nucl Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 8];19:82-4. Available from: http://www.wjnm.org/text.asp?2020/19/1/82/275837
| Introduction|| |
Diuretic renal scintigraphy is an established, safe, and effective diagnostic study in evaluating both renal function and drainage with minimal intraprocedural complications. We report a patient of renal stone disease, who developed acute urinary obstruction during the renal scintigraphy, likely owing to the forced diuresis imparted by the furosemide. Diuretic renal scintigraphy is reported to be useful in the emergency setting, and the timely intervention helped in relieving urinary retention in this patient.
| Case Report|| |
A 60-year-old male presented with a history of right flank pain. On investigation, both ultrasonogram and intravenous pyelography showed left renal calculi and right midureteric calculus. The patient was referred for a diuretic renography to evaluate renal function and drainage. His renal function tests were within normal limits, and he had a normal urinary output before the study.99m Tc-ethylenedicysteine (99m Tc-EC) diuretic renography was done after injecting 148 MBq (4 mCi) of99m Tc-EC with furosemide injection (40 mg bolus dose) 10 min after the radiotracer injection. The study showed cortical retention of tracer in both kidneys without visualization of tracer activity in ureters and urinary bladder. Uprising renograms of both kidneys indicate urinary obstruction [Figure 1]. Corroborative history of increasing flank pain and absence of urinary output was also observed in the patient pointing toward the development of an acute urinary obstruction in the patient. With suspicion of acute urinary obstruction, the patient was referred to the emergency urology where after evaluating the patient's symptoms, an on-spot noncontrast computed tomography (CT) (kidneys, ureters, and bladder) was done which showed bilateral hydronephrosis and renal calculi in both distal ureters suggesting acute ureteric obstruction. An emergency double J stenting was done in both ureters, which relieved patients symptoms followed by normalization of urinary output [Figure 2]. A repeat99m Tc-EC diuretic renography done (with urinary catheter in situ) 4 days after the procedure showed normal cortical function and drainage from the left kidney and slow drainage from the right kidney [Figure 3] as suggested from the dynamic (a), prevoid (b), postvoid (c), delayed (d) images, and the renogram curves (e).
|Figure 1: The initial dynamic images (a) as well as the prevoid (b) postvoid (c) and delayed (d) 3 h images of99mTc-ethylene dicysteine diuretic renography in the patient showing no tracer clearance from both the kidneys with absence of visualization of tracer in either ureters or urinary bladder. The renogram (e) also showed an uprising curve for both kidneys|
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|Figure 2: Emergency noncontrast computed tomography (kidneys, ureters, and bladder) showing bilateral hydronephrosis (a) and renal calculi in the both distal ureters (b and c; arrows) suggesting acute ureteric obstruction. Double J stenting was done in both ureters which can be seen in the postintervention X-ray image (d)|
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|Figure 3: Repeat99mTc-ethylene dicysteine diuretic renography done 4 days after the procedure showing normal cortical function and drainage as suggested from the dynamic (a), prevoid (b), postvoid (c), delayed (d) images and the renogram curves (e)|
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| Discussion|| |
Diuretic renal scintigraphy is a safe, noninvasive, and effective technique in the evaluation of renal function and drainage in a single procedure. This test is based on a high endogenous rate of urine flow stimulated by the administration of furosemide. A high-grade obstruction usually manifests as acute and often presents with persistent parenchymal uptake and an empty pelvis as in this case and can rapidly leads to loss of function., Few pilot studies show that diuretic renal scintigraphy in the emergency room can have a substantial impact on the management of patients presenting with renal colic and a ureteral calculus documented by unenhanced CT.,, Nonvisualization of the tracer activity in urinary bladder along with development of clinical symptoms and anuria points toward an acute obstruction, requiring emergency intervention”can be changed to “Non-visualization of the tracer activity in urinary bladder along with development of clinical symptoms and anuria suggest an acute obstruction, requiring emergency intervention. The sudden development of acute urinary obstruction intraprocedurally during the renal scintigraphy, as in the index case, is very unusual, and the forced diuresis imparted by furosemide injection may be the plausible culprit, in the context of known bilateral renal stone disease. Apart from concerns regarding sulfonamide-related allergic response, furosemide at a standard dose of 0.5 mg/kg in adults is well-tolerated and safe intervention. However, in the setting of renal stone disease, the chance of development of an acute obstruction cannot be excluded, and watchful monitoring is needed intraprocedurally in these patients to look for the same.
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