Management of the incidental renal masses

Abstract

The diagnosis of renal masses has increased in the last decades owing to the widespread use of imaging (ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance).

Majority of the renal masses are detected incidentally on routine ultrasound examination.

Solid masses detected on ultrasound require further imaging evaluation with CT and/or MRI for suitable characterization. US-guided renal biopsy is a safe, effective and accurate method for evaluating the small renal masses with ambiguous radiologic findings.

Navigation technology and multimodality image fusion represent an important development in interventional radiology, especially for performing difficult percutaneous biopsies and ablations of small renal masses.

Multidisciplinary approach is required which results from experience and knowledge and in hard cases the use of serial imaging can be helpful.

 

Keywords: renal masses, imaging, ultrasound, renal biopsy, active surveillance

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Introduzione

Il riscontro di masse renali durante gli ultimi trent’anni è andato via via aumentando (1) grazie alla diffusione delle tecniche di imaging, in primo luogo l’ecografia (US), ma anche la tomografia assiale computerizzata (TC) e la risonanza magnetica nucleare (MRI).

 

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An unusual presentation of Amyloidosis AL

Abstract

We describe the case of a 74-year-old man admitted to our Nephrology Unit with nephrotic syndrome and mild kidney disease. A complete panel of laboratoristic and instrumental tests did not provide useful information for diagnosis. No specific signs or symptoms suggested the presence of AL amyloidosis. As a matter of fact, diagnosis was reached thanks to the hystopathologic examination of renal tissue and bone marrow, since the associated B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder had not revealed itself through serum and urine electrophoresis and immunofixation. This recent case provides the opportunity to review about the disease and to revaluate the renal biopsy as a first line exam in a clinical context where laboratoristic and instrumental tests offer us poor information.

Keywords: AL amyloidosis, bortezomib, renal biopsy

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CASO CLINICO

Descriviamo il caso clinico di un uomo di 74 anni, giunto all’osservazione del Nefrologo per sindrome nefrosica in presenza di lieve insufficienza renale (sCr 1,5 mg/dL; eGFR sec. CKD-EPI 45 mL/min/1,73 mq, MDRD 48 mL/min/1,73 mq) e proteinuria in range nefrosico (4,22 g/24 ore). In anamnesi si segnalavano: trait talassemico, note di gastrite erosiva ed una pregressa frattura costale post-traumatica. Clinicamente si riscontravano habitus pletorico, incremento ponderale di nove chili nelle ultime dieci settimane, ipotensione arteriosa. Gli esami laboratoristici routinari evidenziavano stato anemico (Hb 10,7 g/dL), beta2-microglobulina al di sopra dell’intervallo di normalità (4,54 mg/L), elevazione di Nt-proBNP (1.419 pg/mL). Indici infiammatori ed autoimmunità: negativi. Elettroforesi e immunofissazione sierica e urinaria non segnalavano anomalie. All’Rx torace si notava una velatura del seno costo-frenico bilateralmente e un ingrandimento dell’ombra cardiaca. All’elettrocardiogramma erano presenti bassi voltaggi diffusi. L’ecocardiogramma rilevava segni di ipertrofia con disfunzione diastolica e aspetto di pattern restrittivo al Doppler transmitralico. 

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