Question by  Josh1981 (23)

If I am having a bruit sound over my kidneys could that mean I have auscultation renal artery problems?

According to my doctor I have a bruit sound over my kidneys, yet he is not worried about kidney problems.


Answer by  NYCCDC (311)

A bruit is a sound which identifies turbulent flow of blood. Although this is not "normal" it may be of little clinical significance depending on the rest of your physical exam findings. However, always pay attention to your body and never be afraid to get another opinion. Immediately seek care if you have changes in urine and/or severe pain.


Answer by  hmete (14)

If bruit sound over the kidneys is heard by auscultation, that might sign an underlying complete or incomplete arterial obstruction of renal ateries. Doppler USG will be helpful.


Answer by  patti (29325)

This discussion is best to have with your physician, not with lay people. There are many considerations. If you are unhappy with the information, consult with another specialist.


Answer by  swizz (390)

The bruit sound might be associated with another condition such as atherosclerosis or tinnitus and may have nothing to do with your kidney.


Answer by  benjiross (993)

A bruit means abnormal blood flow in your renal artery. It does not necessary mean that your kidneys are damaged. However a bruit needs to be investigated with a scan.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

If it isn't concerning your doctor then try and relax about it there may be a completely different reason for the noise and they just haven't done the right test yet to let you know exactly whats causing it. If it is truly concerning you set up a consult with the doctor and have them explain it better.


Answer by  G12345 (1808)

Bruits over the kidney are a sign that you have atherosclerotic disease of the renal arteries. This causes stenosis and can cause problems like hypertension and kidney failure. It is also a marker of systemic atherosclerosis. I would see the doctor again to minimize your systemic risk.


Answer by  cindy (1484)

If the doctor hears a bruit when listening to the area of your abdomen near your kidneys, you may have some stenosis of the arteries leading to the kidneys. However, this is more likely to cause hyptertension than it is a problem to the kidney itself in its early stages.

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