Cystic nephroma: gross pathology and histology

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Ryan


Multilocular cystic lesion on imaging

Patient Data

Age: 50

Partly collapsed but well circumscribed multilocular cystic lesion in the upper pole of the kidney

Histology showing variably sized cysts separated by thin septae lined by benign 'non-clear cell' epithelium.

Case Discussion

Cystic nephroma is an uncommon benign lesion of the kidney, most often presenting as a well circumscribed multilocular cyst. The important differential diagnosis to exclude in adults is cystic renal cell carcinoma. 

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Case information

rID: 46614
Case created: 11th Jul 2016
Last edited: 29th Jan 2017
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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