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Renal cell carcinoma metastasizing to duodenum: a rare occurrence

Alka Bhatia1*, Ashim Das1, Yashwant Kumar1 and Rakesh Kochhar2

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1 Department of Histopathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

2 Department of Gastroenterology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Diagnostic Pathology 2006, 1:29  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-1-29

Published: 14 September 2006

Abstract

Background

Duodenal metastasis is rare in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and early detection, especially in case of a solitary mass, helps in planning further therapy.

Case presentation

We present the case report of a 55 year old male with duodenal metastasis of RCC. This patient presented with jaundice and abdominal lump one year after nephrectomy. On upper gastrointestinal endoscopy a submucosal mass lesion was noted in the duodenum, the biopsy of which revealed metastasis.

Conclusion

In a nephrectomized patient presenting with jaundice and an abdominal mass, the possibility of metastasis should be suspected and a complete evaluation, especially endoscopic examination followed by biopsy, should be carried out.