Papillary renal cell carcinoma presenting as nodal metastases to the neck

A. Giuliani, A. Caporale, M. Borghese, G. Galati, M. Di Bari, M. Demoro

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Renal cell carcinoma, in a high percentage of patients, metastasizes early, sometimes mimicking other lesions. We present a case of an asymptomatic papillary renal cell carcinoma that presented neck metastases as the initial manifestation. The laterocervical and supraclavicular masses were considered consistent with nodal metastases from a thyroid nodule. A hemithyroidectomy was performed before the renal tumor was diagnosed. Then the patient underwent a left-side radical nefrectomy. We discuss the unpredictability of the clinical course of renal cell carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-582
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


  • Metastasis
  • Neck neoplasms
  • Renal cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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