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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-54  

Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis presenting with thrombocytopenia and renal mass

Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Tabriz University Medical School, Children Hospital, Tabriz, Iran

Date of Submission31-Oct-2010
Date of Acceptance26-Dec-2010
Date of Web Publication10-Jan-2012

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Majid Malaki
Tabriz Children Hospital, Post code: 5136735886, Tabriz
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7796.91625

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Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XGP) is a rare event in children without any predisposing factor like calculi, obstruction or vesicoureteral reflux. In this case we report a four-year-old girl who presented with a renal mass, hematuria, flank pain, anemia and thrombocytopenia-these signs and symptoms misled us to Wilms tumor. Thrombocytopenia which is a strange event in XGP resolved after nephrectomy. Normal contra lateral kidney was infected four months after right nephrectomy. This suggests that these patients should be under strict surveillance and antibiotic prophylaxis as they are a high-risk group for urinary tract infection, and thrombocytopenia should be considered as a laboratory test finding in XGP.

Keywords: Renal mass, thrombocytopenia, xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis

How to cite this article:
Malaki M, Jamshidi M, Ilkhchooyi F. Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis presenting with thrombocytopenia and renal mass. Urol Ann 2012;4:51-4

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   Introduction Top

Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XGP) is defined as a chronic inflammatory disorder of the kidney characterized by a destructive mass that invades the renal parenchyma. Though Schlagenhaufer first described XGP in 1916, the first pediatric case was not described until 1963. Although XGP is rare in the pediatric population, it is found in approximately 16% of pediatric nephrectomy specimens. The exact etiology of XGP is unknown, but it is generally accepted that the disease process requires long-term renal obstruction and infection. [1] In this case report we present a four-year-old girl with renal mass and thrombocytopenia diagnosed as XGP in spite of lacking any predisposing factors like as stone or reflux. She came Although anemia, leukocytosis and elevation of blood sedimentation are considered as the principle laboratory findings in XGP [2] thrombocytopenia can be considered as a new finding in this group of patients, which resolved after nephrectomy in our case.

   Case Report Top

A four-year-old girl presented with flank pain that had begun two months ago along with hematuria, pyuria, anemia and thrombocytopenia in her laboratory test results [Table 1]. She also had low-grade fever which resolved after two days by antibiotic therapy. Her growth indices were in normal range (weight 18 kg above +1 SDS and height 98 cm (0 to +1 SDS), her sonography showed a hypo echoic mass, technetium-99m-dimercaptosuccinic acid scan (Tc 99 DMSA) failed to take radiotracer in the upper and middle part of the right kidney [Figure 1]. Thus contrast computerized tomography (CT) has been done [Figure 2].
Figure 1: At first admission, Tc99 DMSA scan shows upper part of right kidney has not taken radiotracer, left kidney shows homogenous uptake without scar or acute pyelonephritis. Technetium 99 dimercaptosuccinic acid: TC99 DMSA

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Figure 2: Computerized tomography scan with contrast shows heterogeneous mass in the upper and middle part of the right kidney

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Table 1: In first and second admissions her laboratory findings revealed leukocytosis with mild normocytic anemia, high ESR, and thrombocytopenia which recovered after nephrectomy

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Urine culture was positive (50000 colony count of E. coli). After a complete antibiotic therapy for E. coli infection, her voiding cystourethrography showed nothing.

She went under operation for excising mass, (sized 10 × 7 × 6 cm, weighed 350 g), and spherical creamy shaped mass removed and diagnosed as chronic pyelonephritis. In the first month after her operation her thrombocytopenia resolved.

In the second admission four months later she was febrile with pyuria, her computerized renal scan showed a new episode of pyelonephritis in her normal left side; [Figure 3] which was not affected earlier, according to her previous DMSA and CT scans. She treated with antibiotics for 14 days. She left hospital with antibiotic prophylaxis with attention to her recurrent urinary tract infection.
Figure 3: Computerized tomography scan shows hypodense foci of left kidney suggestive of acute pyelonephritis

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Her cystourethrogram showed no vesicoureteral reflux. [Figure 4].
Figure 4: Voiding cystourethrography shows no vesicoureteral reflux, mild trabeculation in bladder wall and vertebral deviation against affected side can be seen

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   Discussion Top

Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XGP) was considered as a rare form of chronic pyelonephritis, which is usually caused by calculus obstructive uropathy [3] and most often occurs in middle-aged women with a history of recurrent urinary tract infection. [4] It seems that XGP in children occurs more commonly than what was imagined before although only in 18% of children it can be diagnosed correctly. [5]

The typical presenting symptoms include flank pain, fever, malaise, anorexia and weight loss; blood tests reveal nonspecific abnormalities including anemia, an increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate and liver function abnormalities.

The urine analysis reveals urinary tract infection mainly with E. coli, proteus mirabilis, pseudomonas, Streptococcus faecalis and klebsiella. [6]

There are two different presentations in children. The most common form affects boys and girls equally and involves the entire kidney. The other form occurs more frequently in girls, it is localized and may mimic a tumor, may present with flank and abdominal pain, fever and growth retardation. [7],[8]

Two factors mostly associated with XGP include of obstruction and nephrolithiasis (77.8-100%). Blood changes that may occur in them like anemia (100%) and leukocytosis (77-84%) and positive urine culture (30-88.9%). [2],[9] Reports of thrombocyte count changes in XGP are scarce but thrombocytosis has been reported by some. [10],[11]

Our case was a four-year-old girl without preexisting structural renal disease.

Diagnosed as XGP. Her laboratory findings were similar to previous studies about XGP except a moderate thrombocytopenia, a confusing sign, lead us to neoplasia diagnosis which resolved shortly after nephrectomy. Her left normal side kidney infected after 4 months which pose an question to us that damaged excised renal has protected normal renal side until now? Is total nephrectomy a safer and better management for XGP? Or prophylactic antibiotic should be considered for these groups of patients in spite of having no risk factors like as reflux or stone?

   Conclusion Top

We should consider thrombocytopenia as a new laboratory test for XGP in addition in children with XGP strict surveillance for new episodes of pyelonephritis should be considered in spite of lacking predisposing factors.

   References Top

1.Tiguert R, Gheiler EL, Yousif R, Tefilli MV, Mills K, Grignon DJ, et al. Focal xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis presenting as a renal tumor with vena caval thrombus. J Urol 1998;160:117-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Samuel M, Duffy P, Capps S, Mouriquand P, Williams D, Ransley P. Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis in childhood. J Pediatr Surg 2001;36:598-601.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Parsons MA, Harris SC, Longstaff AJ, Grainger RG. Xanthogranu­lomatous pyelonephritis: A pathological clinical and aetio­logical analysis of 87 cases. Diagn Histopathol 1983;6:203-19.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Chuang CK, Lai MK, Chang PL, Huang MH, Chu SH, Wu CJ, et al. Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis: Experience in 36 cases. J Urol 1992;147:333-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Matthews GJ, McLorie GA, Churchill BA, Steckler RE, Khoury AE. Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis in pediatric patients. J Urol 1995;153:1958-9.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Goodman M, Curry T, Russell T. Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephriti a local disease with systemic manifestations. Report of 23 patients and review of the literature. Medicine (Baltimore) 1979;58:171-81.  Back to cited text no. 6
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11.Chang JW, Chen SJ, Chin TW, Tsai H, Pan CC, Chu YK, et al. Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis treated by partial nephrectomy. Pediatr Nephrol 2004;19:1164-7.  Back to cited text no. 11


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