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Oncol Lett. 2012 May;3(5):1136-1138. Epub 2012 Feb 22.

Metastasis of the gallbladder in clear cell renal carcinoma.

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Department of General Surgery, La Fe University Hospital, Valencia 46026, Spain.


Metastasis of the gallbladder due to renal cell tumors is rare. We present a case of gallbladder and metachronous left adrenal metastasis at six months follow-up, which demonstrates the importance of radiological tests and histology when making a definitive diagnosis. Clinical findings are not specific enough to arrive at a final diagnosis. However, immunohistochemistry is necessary to differentiate between primary and secondary metastatic tumors. Cholecystectomy should be performed to obtain a definitive diagnosis and to improve survival in cases of single lesions in the gallbladder.

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