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Revista Colombiana de Cirugía

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MATUTE, Gustavo; RAIGOZA, Oscar  and  BERTEL, Daniela. Clear cell renal carcinoma metastatic to the breast. rev. colomb. cir. [online]. 2018, vol.33, n.3, pp.311-317. ISSN 2011-7582.


The presence of breast metastasis from a neoplasm of extramammary origin is an infrequent entity, representing 0.2 to 1.3 % of the non-hematological malignant tumors in breast reported in series of cases; 88.2 % are patients with history of a previously treated primary tumor, and 11.8 % are cases with a hidden primary tumor. The main primary origins of these metastases are cutaneous melanoma, and carcinomas of pulmonary and gynecological origin.

Clinical case:

We present the clinical case of a 59-year-old woman with a history of clear cell carcinoma of the kidney undergoing left radical nephrectomy in 2008, with a palpable breast lesion in the right breast, evidencing a hypoechoic nodule measuring 6.8 x 3.5 mm in the external upper quadrant, whose histopathological study showed a metastatic lesion of primary renal origin.


Approximately 25 cases of metastasis of clear cell carcinoma of the kidney to the breast have been described in the literature, constituting ours an exceptional case, and a diagnostic challenge for the pathologist and the treating team.

Keywords : kidney neoplasms; carcinoma, renal cell; breast neoplasms; neoplasm metastasis.

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