Hypertension and nephrology

[First experiences with percutaneous renal denervation in management of resistant hypertension]

SCHULCZ Domonkos1, NAGY Ferenc Tamás2, THURY Attila2, BAJCSI Dóra1, FEJES Imola1, LETOHA Annamária1, CONSTANTINOU Kypros1, UNGI Imre2, ÁBRAHÁM György1, LÉGRÁDY Péter1

APRIL 08, 2017

Hypertension and nephrology - 2017;21(02)

[Percutaneous transluminal radiofrequency renal denervation is a promising new therapeutic method for the treatment of primary resistant hypertension. The intervention decreases the systemic sympathetic over activation and thus arterial blood pressure. In the 1st Department of Medicine of the University of Szeged, 9 resistant hypertensive patients (2 male, 7 female; mean age: 55.0±4.0 years) had all the conditions were required for renal denervation at the time of interventions were performed. We measured the blood pressure together with the heart rate of the patients on the day preceding the intervention, right after the intervention, at discharge from hospital, then at months 6, 9 and 15. The mean blood pressure was 178/107±7/5 mmHg before the intervention. After denervation mean blood pressure decreased right after the intervention, at discharge from hospital, as well as at months 6, 9 and 15, respectively -15/-17 mmHg; -36/-16 mmHg; -19/-9 mmHg; -27/-21 mmHg and -15/- 16 mmHg. Besides decreasing of blood pressure, the antihypertensive drug therapy also decreased, however, it was not the primary aim of the intervention. No denervation- related intra- or perivascular complications were detected. The findings of our study proved the efficacy and safety of renal denervation in the treatment of primary resistant hypertension, of course with an appropriate patient selection. Our study was not relevant to determine whether this method is accompanied with a significant decrease of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Answers may come only based on randomized sham controlled studies with great case numbers.]


  1. Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, I. Sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Nephrologia-Hypertonia Centrum, Szeged
  2. Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, II. Sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika és Kardiológiai Központ, Invazív Kardiológiai Részleg, Szeged



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