What does a radical nephrectomy encompass?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Richard A Santucci, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Radical nephrectomy encompasses ligating the renal artery and vein, removing the kidney outside the Gerota fascia, removing the ipsilateral adrenal gland, and performing a complete regional lymphadenectomy from the crus of the diaphragm to the aortic bifurcation.

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