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Diagn Cytopathol. 2005 Jul;33(1):3-7.

Utility of CD10 and RCCma in the diagnosis of metastatic conventional renal-cell adenocarcinoma by fine-needle aspiration biopsy.

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  • 1Division of Cytopathology, Department of Pathology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA.


The cytologic diagnosis of primary conventional renal-cell adenocarcinoma (cRCC) is usually straightforward; however, metastatic cRCC must be distinguished from a variety of neoplasms with clear-cell features. CD10, a cell membrane-associated neutral endopeptidase, and renal-cell carcinoma marker (RCCma), an antibody against human proximal tubular brush border antigen, have recently been shown to be useful in the diagnosis of cRCC. We compared CD10 and RCCma in cell block material from fine-needle aspiration biopsies (FNABs) to assess their utility in the diagnosis of metastatic cRCC, in cytologic specimens. Seven primary and sixteen metastatic cRCCs were immunostained with CD10 and RCCma. The immunoreactivity results were compared with those of a variety of neoplasms originating from other sites such as the liver, lungs, breast, and the gastrointestinal tract. The sensitivity and specificity of CD10 for cRCC were 100% and 59%, respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of RCCma for cRCC were 35% and 100%, respectively. We conclude that CD10 has limited value in confirming the diagnosis of cRCC because of its low specificity. RCCma, when positive, is highly specific for cRCC, but its low sensitivity hinders its diagnostic usefulness.

2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc

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