What should be included in the physical exam of suspected renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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Approximately 30% of patients with renal carcinoma (RCC) present with metastatic disease. The physical examination should include a thorough evaluation for metastatic disease, particularly in the following organs:

  • Lung (75%)

  • Soft tissues (36%)

  • Bone (20%)

  • Liver (18%)

  • Cutaneous sites (8%)

  • Central nervous system (8%)


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