Renal cell carcinoma with unusual metastasis to the gallbladder
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Gallbladder involvement in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is extremely rare. We present a report of a 61-year-old man with a synchronous RCC metastasis to the gallbladder presenting as an intraluminal polypoid mass simulating primary gallbladder carcinoma. Enhanced abdominal computed tomography demonstrated a well-enhanced polypoid lesion in the gallbladder. Intraoperative rapid pathological examination of the gallbladder tumor showed clear cell-type cancerous cells. Microscopically, tumor cells of both the resected kidney and gallbladder had round uniform nuclei, clear cytoplasm, and well-defined cytoplasmic borders, forming alveolar patterns. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were negative for cytokeratin 7 (CK7) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), which is usually positive in primary clear cell carcinoma of the gallbladder. Therefore, the final diagnosis was RCC with a synchronous gallbladder metastasis.
Key wordsRenal cell carcinoma Gallbladder Metastasis
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