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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 258-259

Adult teratoid Wilm's tumor - a diagnostic dilemma

1 Department of Urology, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Pathology, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication10-Oct-2018

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Dr. S Rajaian
Department of Urology, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_204_18

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Rajaian S, Ramani M K, Kekre N S. Adult teratoid Wilm's tumor - a diagnostic dilemma. J Postgrad Med 2018;64:258-9

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Rajaian S, Ramani M K, Kekre N S. Adult teratoid Wilm's tumor - a diagnostic dilemma. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2018 [cited 2023 Jun 4];64:258-9. Available from:

A 27-year-old female presented with a history of vague discomfort in the right loin for 6 months with no significant medical history. Clinical examination was unremarkable. She was diagnosed with a right renal cystic tumor (Bosniak type IV cyst) by ultrasound examination. Imaging with contrast-enhanced computerized tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed a well-defined enhancing mass of 7 × 6 cm size arising from the upper and interpole regions of the right kidney [Figure 1]a. The mass was considered as renal cell carcinoma and right radical nephrectomy was advised. As she was not willing for radical nephrectomy, open partial nephrectomy was performed [Figure 1]b. Postoperative period was uneventful. The complex cystic tumor with the bosselated external surface was excised intact [Figure 1]c. Sectioning of the specimen revealed a partly solid and partly cystic lesion measuring 6.5 × 5.3 cm with a wall thickness of 0.5 cm at the cystic area. The solid area was yellowish brown with areas of necrosis. The cyst contained hemorrhagic fluid. The microscopic appearance was that of a rather well-circumscribed tumor composed of a triphasic pattern of Wilm's tumor with predominantly epithelial and stromal component [Figure 2]a. The blastemal and epithelial components showed an increase in mitotic activity. Prominent heterologous components including well-differentiated squamous epithelium with abundant keratin production and cartilaginous areas [Figure 2]b were seen diffusely all over the tumor along with fat and neuroepithelial tissue. Features of nuclear anaplasia were absent. There was no extrarenal extension. Overall, the features were of an adult teratoid Wilm's tumor. Immunohistochemistry showed consistent negative staining with Wilm's tumor-1 protein [Figure 2]c due to a paucity of the blastemal component. The tumor cells stained pancytokeratin positive [Figure 2]d. Subsequently, she underwent completion nephrectomy 15 days later. Postoperative period was uneventful. Histopathology report confirmed tumor-free status and no evidence of lymph nodal invasion. Chemotherapy was given for stage I adult Wilm's tumor with favorable histology. During the follow-up of 5 years, she was disease-free and doing well.
Figure 1: (a) Coronal section of contrast enhanced CT abdomen showing well-defined enhancing heterogeneous lesion arising from the upper and interpole regions of right kidney with cystic degeneration and necrosis (white arrow). (b) Preservation of good renal parenchyma after initial right partial nephrectomy. (c) Completely excised tumor specimen with adequate clearance

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Figure 2: (a) Triphasic histologic pattern of adult Wilm's tumor comprising epithelial components forming tubular pattern (solid arrow), stromal component (hollow arrow), and blastemal component (asterisk) (H and E, ×100). (b) Well-differentiated squamous epithelium with abundant keratin production (hollow arrow) and cartilaginous areas (asterisk) (H and E, ×100). (c) The components were negative for WT1 staining (×100). (d) Predominantly epithelial component is highlighted by pancytokeratin positivity (×200)

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Adult Wilm's tumor is very rare with an incidence of approximately 0.2 per million per year in the United States of America and Europe.[1] Although the approach to the diagnosis and treatment of adult Wilm's tumor is based on recommendations for childhood Wilm's tumor, the definite protocol for its management is yet to be defined. The current treatment regime consists of radical nephrectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy, depending on the disease stage.[2] Teratoid Wilm's tumor is a rare histological variant of classic Wilm's tumor and is mainly seen in children. To our knowledge, only two adult patients with large teratoid Wilm's tumor have been reported in the literature.[3],[4] There are no classical descriptions for teratoid Wilm's tumor in imaging; however, the presence of calcification and areas of decreased attenuation in CT could be helpful. These tumors are usually not aggressive and the prognosis is comparatively good if the tumor is excised completely.[5] However, chemotherapy is recommended in these cases irrespective of tumor and patient characteristics.[5]

In our case, as adult Wilm's tumor was not suspected, the partial nephrectomy was done initially than a radical nephrectomy. Nephron-sparing surgery is advised for cases with small, low or intermediate risk tumors after a good response to chemotherapy and when ablation of the tumor would lead to compromised renal function or end-stage renal disease.[6] Nephron-sparing surgery has not been advised as primary modality as in renal cell carcinoma. If suspicion of adult Wilm's tumor exists, radical nephrectomy should be advised. This case highlights that adult Wilm's tumor should be considered as a differential diagnosis of renal tumor occurring in young adults especially with tumor characteristics of cystic degeneration and necrosis.

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