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Renal collecting duct carcinoma with extensive coagulative necrosis mimicking anemic infarct: report of a case and the literature review

Qinqin Xu13, Qinghua Cao1, Ni Liu1, Ziwen Fang2, Ziyin Ye1 and Tingsheng Peng1*

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1 Department of Pathology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, No. 58, Zhongshan Road II, Guangzhou 510080, China

2 Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, No. 58, Zhongshan Road II, Guangzhou 510080, China

3 Department of Pathology, Guangming New District People’s Hospital, Shenzhen 518106, China

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Diagnostic Pathology 2013, 8:119  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-8-119

Published: 16 July 2013


Collecting duct carcinoma (CDC) with a mass of coagulative necrosis is very rare. We report here a case of CDC with extensive geographic coagulative necrosis mimicking anemic infarct with tumor cells embedded around the necrotic foci in a 73-years-old man. Histopathological examination showed that tumor nests near the necrotic foci were arranged as angulated tubules, tubulopapillary and glandular structures. Neoplastic cells had moderate to abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm and large hyperchromatic nuclei with prominent nucleoli as Fuhrman nuclear grade 3 or 4. The tumor cells were positive for pan-Cytokeratin, Vimentin, E-cadherin, CD10, and CK7, confirming the diagnosis as CDC. The patient is still alive 6 months later from nephrectomy, a long time following up is needed to learn the prognosis. Conclusively, morphology from different portions of the lesion, immunohistochemical stain and the combination analysis of the radiological features is essential to make a precise pathological diagnosis of CDC. And CDC should also be distinguished from clear cell renal cell carcinoma, renal medullary carcinoma, urothelial carcinoma with glandular differentiation, renal neuroendocrine tumor, renal epithelioid angiomyolipoma, renal pigmented paraganglioma and renal mesenchymal chondrosarcoma etc.

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Collecting duct carcinoma (CDC); Renal epithelial tumors; Extensive coagulative necrosis; Anemic infarct; Differential diagnosis