Korean J Urol.  2002 Aug;43(8):704-707.

Renal Cell Carcinoma with Absence of Inferior Vena Cava

  • 1Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Kyoungpook National University, Deagu, Korea. youthyoo@netian.com


The congenital absence of an inferior vena cava is an uncommon abnormality. With the advent of modern imaging techniques, such cases are being found with increasing frequency. Here we report a case of a renal cell carcinoma with the absence of an inferior vena cava in a 44 year-old male. He was referred for a further evaluation of a right renal mass, which was observed by ultrasonography, and for persistent epigastric discomfort. Computed tomography showed a huge mass in the right kidney and multicystic lesions in the left. In addition, the inferior vena cava had disappeared at the infrahepatic portion. He was treated with a right radical nephrectomy.


Renal cell carcinoma; Inferior vena cava; Abnormalities
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