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Case Reports in Urology
Volume 2015, Article ID 925254, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/925254
Case Report

Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma Seeding along a Percutaneous Biopsy Tract

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Road, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia

Received 12 May 2015; Revised 4 July 2015; Accepted 14 July 2015

Academic Editor: Christian Pavlovich

Copyright © 2015 Deanne Soares 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.

Abstract

We report a case of tumour seeding caused by percutaneous biopsy of a papillary renal cell carcinoma detected on pathological assessment of the partial nephrectomy specimen in a 50-year-old male. Whilst percutaneous biopsy of renal masses is considered to be safe and can be a valuable tool in the assessment of certain renal lesions, it is not without risks. This rare complication should be taken into consideration before contemplating its use in a patient.