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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361


JOHN, J; LOCKETZ, M; LAZARUS, J  and  SINHA, S. Papillary renal cell carcinoma presenting as a renal abscess. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2019, vol.57, n.2, pp.66-67. ISSN 2078-5151.

Renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a highly aggressive and lethal urological malignancy, has a wide variation of signs and symptoms. We report a rare case of papillary RCC (pRCC), presenting as a renal abscess. The knowledge of this association between RCC and a renal abscess is critical to prevent misdiagnosis and/or delayed treatment especially in the elderly and immunocompromised patients.

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