What is renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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Renal cell carcinoma (see the image below) is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults. [1] It accounts for approximately 3% of adult malignancies and 90-95% of neoplasms arising from the kidney.

Typical renal cell carcinoma. CT scan obtained bef Typical renal cell carcinoma. CT scan obtained before contrast enhancement has an attenuation measurement of 33.9 HU.

See Renal Cell Carcinoma: Recognition and Follow-up, a Critical Images slideshow, to help evaluate renal masses and determine when and what type of follow-up is necessary.


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