Fibromuscular Dysplasia

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Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is abnormal development of the lining in the walls of the arteries, which can cause a narrowing of the arteries. This occurs most commonly in the arteries that supply blood to the kidneys and the head and neck. FMD can lead to kidney failure, stroke and brain aneurysms.

FMD Diagnosis & Treatment at UVA

At UVA, we can diagnose you by using these tests:

  • Ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Angiography

The most common treatment for FMD is angioplasty. In this procedure, a surgeon inserts a catheter with a balloon on its tip and runs it to the area of the artery that is narrowed. The balloon inflates and opens the artery. 


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