A case report of retroaortic left renal vein with tumor thrombus of renal cell carcinoma

Hideo Otsuki, Kenji Kuroda, Takeo Kosaka, Keiichi Ito, Masamichi Hayakawa, Tomohiko Asano

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Abstract

A 75-year-old woman was referred to our department for evaluation of a left renal tumor. Computed tomography and other imaging studies demonstrated a left renal mass and tumor extension into the left renal vein passing caudally behind the aorta. We clinically diagnosed the tumor as renal cell carcinoma (RCC) associated with a retroaortic left renal vein thrombus, and performed a radical nephrectomy. Pathological examination of the surgical specimen showed a grade 2, clear cell carcinoma with a renal vein thrombus and negative surgical margin. Retroaortic left renal vein is a rare anomaly with a prevalence of 1.8-2.4%. RCC associated with a retroaortic left renal vein thrombus is rarer still. To our knowledge, this is only the third case report to describe an RCC associated with a tumor thrombus in the retroaortic left renal vein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-441
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and experimental nephrology
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 3D CT
  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Retroaortic left renal vein
  • Tumor thrombus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Nephrology
  • Physiology (medical)

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