Giant Renal Chromophobe Carcinoma Cromófobo Renal Gigante

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Pedro Bargão Santos - Corresponding Author
Fernando Ferrito
João Almeida Dores
Ana Maria Afonso


Chromophobe renal cell carcinoma is a rare histological entity of renal cell carcinoma. An unusual clinical case presentation is described in a 50-year-old man, asymptomatic - a giant right renal mass (224 x 180 mm) with no associated secondary lesions.
The patient had no symptoms, such as low back or abdominal pain or even hematuria. His unique complain was a slight increase in the abdominal volume. This finding was done by ultrasonography on routine exams. The presumptive computed  tomography diagnosis was primary renal tumor. A right radical nephrectomy was made without perioperative complications.
The histological finding was a chromophobe variant of renal cell carcinoma.
Despite the dimensions of the lesion, there are
cases including the current one, which have a favorable evolution and where the indication for radical nephrectomy is the first option.

Keywords: Carcinoma, Renal Cell; Nephrectomy; Kidney Neoplasms

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Santos PB, Ferrito F, Dores JA, Afonso AM. Giant Renal Chromophobe Carcinoma: Cromófobo Renal Gigante. Gaz Med [Internet]. 2017 Sep. 29 [cited 2022 Aug. 13];4(3). Available from:

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