Pulmonary metastasectomy 31 years after surgery for renal cell carcinoma

Yui Watanabe, Aya Harada, Masaya Aoki, Go Kamimura, Kazuhiro Wakida, Toshiyuki Nagata, Naoya Yokomakura, Kota Kariatsumari, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Masami Sato

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An 82-year-old man underwent a left upper lobectomy for a solitary tumor on suspicion of lung cancer. Histopathologic findings of the resected specimen showed clear cell renal cell carcinoma, which was diagnosed as a metastasis from kidney cancer concealed for 31 years after nephrectomy. The Ki-67 labeling index of the metastatic tumor was high (36.1%). A few cases of recurrent renal cell carcinoma after a long interval from initial diagnosis have been seen. However, pulmonary metastasectomy more than 30 years after radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma has not been reported. This remarkable case provides new and valuable clinical insights into metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2195-2197
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 1


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