Cystic renal cell carcinoma (gross pathology)

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Mass in the kidney on imaging for which a nephrectomy was performed.

Large multi-cystic mass in the lower pole of the kidney, involving the cortex, extending to the renal sinus fat.

Case Discussion

Note the cystic nature of this renal tumor. On gross appearance alone, it is impossible to distinguish this example of cystic RCC from other cystic lesions such as multilocular cyst.

Case reproduced with permission, courtesy of Dr. Kyle Molberg, UT Southwestern Med. Ctr., Dallas, (original case is here). All rights reserved; please see original case for copyright information. 

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