Handling and reporting of tumor-containing kidney specimens

Clin Lab Med. 2005 Jun;25(2):417-32. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2005.01.009.


The pathologic features of RCC are the most valuable factors in predicting the prognosis and for planning surveillance and treatment protocols. Urologists and pathologists should optimize approaches in handling tumor-containing kidney specimens to allow for the best evaluation and reporting of such specimens. A pathologic report of a tumor-containing kidney specimen should include all established or potential prognostic factors, especially tumor types, size, grade, information for pathologic staging, and status of the surgical margin.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Frozen Sections
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / surgery
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Nephrectomy
  • Prognosis
  • Specimen Handling*