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Case Reports in Urology
Volume 2015, Article ID 672628, 3 pages
Case Report

Thoracic Kidney: Extremely Rare State of Aberrant Kidney

1Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2001 N. Soto Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
2Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA
3Pulmonology Department, Shariati Hospital, Tehran, Iran
4National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, E19575/154 Darabad, Shaheed Bahonar Avenue, Tehran 19556, Iran
5Pulmonology Department, Sina Hospital, Tehran, Iran

Received 15 October 2014; Revised 13 February 2015; Accepted 22 February 2015

Academic Editor: Elijah O. Kehinde

Copyright © 2015 Mahdi Khoshchehreh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The thorax is the rarest place among all forms of renal ectopia. We report a rare case of an unacquired thoracic kidney. Only about 200 cases of the thoracic kidney have ever been reported in medical literature worldwide. In this paper we present the rarest form of nontraumatic nonhernia associated, truly ectopic thoracic kidney. The differential diagnosis and management options and classification of this rare form of aberrant kidney are discussed.