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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 172-174

Mucinous cystadenocarcinoma of renal pelvis - a case report

Department of Urology, TN.Medical College and B.Y.L. Nair Hospital, Mumbai, India

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Hemant R Pathak
Department of Urology, TN Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008
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Keywords: Cystadenocarcinoma, renal pelvis

How to cite this article:
Chougule VA, Babli K R, Andankar MG, Rao SR, Pathak HR. Mucinous cystadenocarcinoma of renal pelvis - a case report. Indian J Urol 2004;20:172-4

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Chougule VA, Babli K R, Andankar MG, Rao SR, Pathak HR. Mucinous cystadenocarcinoma of renal pelvis - a case report. Indian J Urol [serial online] 2004 [cited 2022 May 26];20:172-4. Available from:

   Case Report Top

A 35-year-old female presented with history of continu­ous, dull ache on the right side of abdomen for 2 years. She also noticed a slowly increasing mass on the right side 4 months back. She had undergone right-sided pyelo­lithotomy twice, 5 years and 2 years earlier.

On examination a firm, bimanually palpable lump, ex­tending from the right hypochondrium to the right iliac fossa was noticed. No other significant finding was noted. X-ray KUB region showed a 1 cm radio-opaque density in the right renal region. On ultrasonography a cystic, sep­tate mass, 12 x 20 cm in size extending from the liver to the iliac fossa was seen with no obvious renal tissue. Con­trast enhanced computerized tomography of the abdomen and pelvis confirmed a non-enhancing 12 x 15 x 20 cm cystic mass, extending from the liver to the right iliac fossa eroding the iliac crest.

The retroperitoneal mass was explored through a 11 th rib bed incision. It was cystic, adherent on all sides and it ruptured during mobilization with a gush of almost 1 1 of gelatinous material coming out. The mass was removed completely. Gross examination revealed a kidney with a dilated, thin walled pelvicalyceal system and cystic spaces filled with mucinous material [Figure - 1]. Histopathological examination revealed a mucin secreting glandular epithe­lium with large hyperchromatic nuclei without fibrotic reaction suggestive of mucinous cystadenocarcinoma of the renal pelvis [Figure - 2].

   Comments Top

Mutinous cystadenocarcinoma of the renal pelvis is a very rare condition with only 95 cases reported so far. [1]

Mucinous cystadenocarcinoma of the renal pelvis is a very rare tumour comprising less than 0.3% of total renal pelvic tumours. [2] The etiology is thought to be due to the unique ability of transitional epithelium to respond with a glandular metaplastic change due to chronic infection or irritation; this metaplasia may occasionally initiate glan­dular tumours. Terris et al reported a case of mucinous adenocarcinoma of the renal pelvis and ureter presenting as chronic flank pain, calculus and hydronephrosis in an immigrant from India. They report a literature review sug­gesting a high frequency of this otherwise rare tumour in India with an inflammatory, environmental or dietary etiology. [3]

Usual features of this tumour include long duration of symptoms, association with calculi and hydronephrosis and a preoperative appearance of an inflammatory condi­tion. The occurrence of this tumour, though rare, should be kept in mind especially if a renal mass lesion is associ­ated with recurrent calculus disease. [2]

This tumour is classically treated by radical excision with postoperative chemotherapy. However, it has a very poor prognosis.

   References Top

1.Ueda T, Okumi M, Fujimoto N. Mucinous adenocarcinoma of re­nal pelvis in the horseshoe kidney. Hinyokika kiyo 2002; 48(3): 187-9 (Article in Japanese).  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Kakkar N, Joshi K, Mandal AK. Mucinous adenocarcinoma of the renal pelvis. Ind J Pathol Micro 1997; 40: 393-5.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Terris MK, Anderson RU. Mucinous adenocarcinoma of renal pelvis in natives of India. Urol Int 1997; 58(2): 121-3.  Back to cited text no. 3    


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