Introduction to Renal Neoplasms and Clinical Relevance

  • Tatjana Antic
  • Jerome B. Taxy


Mass forming lesions of the kidney in the presurgical era were often abscesses secondary to nephrolithiasis, acute pyelonephritis, tuberculosis, or hydronephrosis due to obstructive uropathy and chronic pyelonephritis. Although the first description suggestive of a neoplasm was made by Daniel Sennert in 1613, perhaps the first that could be acknowledged by a contemporary observer as “renal cell” carcinoma was described by Miril in 1810. The beginning of modern tumor recognition and classification may be ascribed to the beginning of nephrectomy surgery, first performed by Gustav Simon, when it became apparent subsequent to the operation that patients could live with only one kidney. The first planned partial nephrectomy was done by Vincenz Cherny in 1887.


Renal Cell Carcinoma Fine Needle Aspiration Needle Core Biopsy Renal Neoplasm Partial Nephrectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatjana Antic
    • 1
  • Jerome B. Taxy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyNorthShore University HealthSystemEvanstonUSA

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