Renal tuberculosis mimics renal cell carcinoma


  • Danai Manorom Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, National Cancer Institute, Bangkok, Thailand



Renal tuberculosis, genitourinary tuberculosis


The prevalence of renal tuberculosis (TB) in Thailand is high, but few reports have been published with regard to this issue. This report concerns the case of a 34-year-old Thai female with large masses in the right kidney, liver, and an enlarged lymph node in the abdominal cavity. The renal mass appeared to resemble the end stage of a carcinoma, but the pathology report of renal tissue indicated suspected tuberculosis. The patient was treated with TB medication for 6 months. A computerized tomography scan of the abdominal cavity after 6 months showed that there was no evidence of disease remaining


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How to Cite

Manorom, D. (2022). Renal tuberculosis mimics renal cell carcinoma. Insight Urology, 43(2), 171–4.



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