Renal cell carcinoma with asynchronous contralateral adrenal metastasis and liver cirrhosis (four years after surgery): A case report

Naoki Segawa, Haruhito Azuma, Kiyoshi Takahara, Syuji Hamada, Yatsugu Kotake, Motomu Tsuji, Yoji Katsuoka

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We report a case of adrenal metastasis from renal cell carcinoma. A 52-year-old man was referred to our hospital for a left renal mass. A computed tomography revealed a left renal tumor. Liver cirrhosis and splenomegaly were observed. Blood tests revealed pancytopenia ; platelet count was 2.5 × 104/mm3. The patient was treated by partial splenic embolization (PSE) in an attempt to ensure a safe nephrectomy. After the embolization, his platelet count increased to 6.1×104/mm 3, and left nephrectomy was performed successfully. Histopathological finding was renal cell carcinoma (RCC). We concluded that PSE before surgery was useful for the patients with thrombocytopenia due to hypersplenism. Four years after surgery, computed tomography revealed the presence of a mass on the right adrenal gland. He was suspected of having a non-functioning adrenal tumor. Metastasis of the RCC was suspected and right adrenalectomy was performed by a laparoscopic procedure. Histologically, the mass was identified as a RCC metastasis. It is clinically rare for an RCC metastasis to the contralateral adrenal gland to occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-873
Number of pages5
JournalActa Urologica Japonica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology

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