Urologic radiology

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 170-174

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The renal parenchymal stone: A benign calcified renal mass

  • Michael R. PalingAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Virginia
  • , Brian R. J. WilliamsonAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Virginia

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Five patients are described, each with a densely calcified solitary mass in a peripheral location in the kidney. There was exophytic projection of the calcification in 4 cases. Three lesions were so completely calcified as to be regarded as stones. The bulk of the lesion was calcified in the 2 other cases, in which the noncalcified portion was either avascular or hypovascular. In no case was there evidence of a soft-tissue mass extending beyond the confines of the calcification.

Pathologic correlation in 1 case showed only calcification in association with some renal scarring, and in a second case demonstrated an old organized and calcified abscess. Long-term follow-up in the other 3 cases has demonstrated complete stability without evidence of tumor.

All cases are believed to represent examples of calcified renal parenchymal scars, resulting from old granulomatous disease, renal abscess, or hematoma. We propose that these lesions be regarded as solitary renal parenchymal stones without malignant potential, rather than calcified masses. The significance of the findings for patient management are discussed.

Key words

Kidney, calcification Kidney, neoplasms, diagnosis