Renal cell carcinoma in childhood. (A Case report and review of literature)

Case report


Nadia El Sahli, Amina M. Beayou

Hematology & Oncology Unit, Children’s Hospital, Faculty Of Medicine, University of Garyounis; Benghazi-Libya.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 22, No.2. 2005:73-75


Renal cell carcinoma is extremely rare in children. A case is reported here of renal cell carcinoma in a nine-year-old Libyan boy from Tobruk who presented with asymptomatic hematuria. A palpable abdominal mass was found. Imaging studies showed a solid mass into the left kidney. Wilms tumor was suspected and nephrectomy was performed where pathological examination demonstrated characteristic findings of renal cell carcinoma. No metastases to the regional lymph nodes or other organs were found. This report emphasizes that renal cell carcinoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of renal masses in children.

Keywords: Renal cell carcinoma in childhood