What is the gross description of rhabdoid renal cell carcinoma (RRCC)?

Updated: Mar 11, 2019
  • Author: Ronald J Cohen, MB, BCh, PhD, FRCPA, FFPATH; Chief Editor: Liang Cheng, MD  more...
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On gross inspection, the rhabdoid components of RRCC appear as solid white areas, with a homogeneous white surface on sectioning (see the image below). [9] In published series, the tumor sizes range from 4-15 cm, with mean diameters of 7.5-8.8 cm. [8, 10, 11]

Rhabdoid renal cell carcinoma arising from a clear Rhabdoid renal cell carcinoma arising from a clear cell renal cell carcinoma. The clear cell component is golden in color with a variegated appearance due to hemorrhage, cystic change and necrosis. Rhabdoid foci are translucent white and a metastatic rhabdoid deposit is seen within the perinephric fat below the main tumor mass.

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