Renal cell carcinoma presenting as polymyalgia rheumatica. Resolution after nephrectomy

Arch Intern Med. 1993 Sep 13;153(17):2043-5.


Renal cell carcinoma can present as a variety of paraneoplastic, nonmetastatic conditions, including vasculitis. We describe a patient who presented with the polymyalgia rheumatica syndrome but did not respond to a trial of prednisone. An asymptomatic, nonmetastatic renal cell carcinoma was found during this patient's evaluation. Nephrectomy led to resolution of the systemic complaints. Malignancy, in this case, renal cell carcinoma, can present as polymyalgia rheumatica and resolve after surgical removal of the underlying tumor.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / complications
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / complications
  • Kidney Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / surgery
  • Male
  • Nephrectomy*
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica / etiology*