What is renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: Jun 08, 2020
  • 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. It accounts for approximately 85% of neoplasms arising from the kidney. [1]

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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