Metanephric blastema

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 10 Mar 2019

Metanephric blastema (or metanephrogenic blastema) is one of the two embryological structure that gives rise to the kidney, the other one being the ureteric bud.

Related pathology

Persistent metanephric blastemas after 36 weeks of gestational age are called nephrogenic rests. They are associated with nephroblastomatosis and are a precursor lesion to Wilms tumors

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: developmental renal anatomy
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