Renal cell carcinoma with an infrarenal vena caval tumor thrombus

Urology. 1999 Sep;54(3):561. doi: 10.1016/s0090-4295(99)00136-3.


Extension of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) along venous drainage pathways is a well-recognized entity. All previously reported cases of inferior vena cava (IVC) involvement by RCC have been with tumor thrombus in the suprarenal IVC. We report a 45-year-old man who had RCC arising from the lower pole of the right kidney with a tumor thrombus totally occluding the infrarenal IVC. The patient underwent radical nephrectomy with successful ligation and resection of the infrarenal IVC.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / blood supply*
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / complications
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / blood supply*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / complications
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplastic Cells, Circulating*
  • Vena Cava, Inferior*