Author(s): Wasser EJ, Shyn PB, RiverosAngel M, Sadow CA, Steele GS,
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Abstract Renal masses found to contain macroscopic fatty elements on CT or MRI imaging can generally be classified as benign angiomyolipomas. Rarely, renal cell carcinomas may also contain evidence of macroscopic fat. When true adipocytic elements are present, this is generally due to a process of osseous metaplasia in which both fat cells and calcification are co-localized within the mass. We present a patient with a large papillary renal cell carcinoma containing abundant fat with sparse, punctate calcification remote from the fatty elements on imaging. This report highlights the need for radiologists to maintain caution when diagnosing renal angiomyolipomas on the basis of macroscopic fat and reviews the current literature on fat-containing renal masses.
This article was published in Abdom Imaging
and referenced in Journal of Health Education Research & Development