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BMJ Case Rep. 2013 May 31;2013. pii: bcr2013009964. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-009964.

A case of putty kidney without pulmonary tuberculosis.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.


A 30-year-old woman presented with a 1-year history of a dull ache in her left flank along with recent onset of hypertension. There was no history suggestive of tuberculosis and examination was unremarkable. X-ray showed dense opacity in left renal area. Contrast-enhanced CT revealed a non-enhancing and non-excretory left kidney suggesting autonephrectomy. When a 6 week course of antituberculous therapy (ATT) failed to alleviate her symptoms, surgical nephroureterectomy was performed which resulted in complete resolution of symptoms and well-controlled blood pressure without any medication.

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