Brain metastases (renal cell carcinoma)

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Patient with a palpable mass on the left abdominal flank. Progressive left limb weakness.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

MRI Brain

MRI demonstrates multiple cerebral nodules with ring enhancement some of which have hemorrhagic components. Prominent mass effect and vasogenic edema surrounding the biggest lesions.

Case Discussion

This patient was proven to have a left renal cell carcinoma metastatic to the abdominal lymph nodes and lungs. The MRI study confirmed multiple cerebral nodules with ring enhancement, some of them with hemorrhagic components.

In the present clinical context, brain metastases are the most likely diagnosis, with no differential.

The hemorrhagic component of some metastases is in keeping with the renal cell carcinoma as a primary tumor.

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Case information

rID: 42571
Published: 6th Feb 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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