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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 397-399  

Bladder leiomyoma in male patient presenting with renal oncocytoma: Are the two conditions related?

1 Department of Urology, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2 Faculty of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Urology, King Abdullah Medical City; Faculty of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Date of Submission26-Apr-2016
Date of Acceptance01-Jun-2016
Date of Web Publication29-Jun-2016

Correspondence Address:
Turky Almouhissen
Department of Urology, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7796.184906

PMID: 27453673

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A 64-year-old male patient with a large pelvic mass and a right renal mass was referred to our facility. The patient underwent a right radical nephrectomy and pelvic mass excision. A histopathological examination led to a diagnosis of renal oncocytoma and urinary bladder leiomyoma.

Keywords: Benign tumor, bladder mass, leiomyoma, renal mass, renal oncocytoma

How to cite this article:
Almouhissen T, Badr H, Alessa N, Nassir A. Bladder leiomyoma in male patient presenting with renal oncocytoma: Are the two conditions related?. Urol Ann 2016;8:397-9

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Almouhissen T, Badr H, Alessa N, Nassir A. Bladder leiomyoma in male patient presenting with renal oncocytoma: Are the two conditions related?. Urol Ann [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Nov 30];8:397-9. Available from: https://www.urologyannals.com/text.asp?2016/8/3/397/184906

   Introduction Top

Bladder leiomyomas are uncommon benign mesenchymal tumors that account for less than 0.43% of bladder tumors. Their incidence is highest in young and adult females. Patients may complain of nonspecific urinary symptoms or pelvic pain.[1]

Reported tumor size varies. However, the majority of patients have tumors smaller than 10 cm in diameter.[2]

Renal oncocytomas are benign tumors of the kidney. They represent approximately 3–7% of all primary renal solid tumors and occur most frequently in males (1.6:1).[3]

It is difficult to differentiate between renal oncocytomas and malignant renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) using clinical or radiographic evidence. Therefore, the former should be managed surgically, like RCCs, by radical or partial nephrectomy.[4]

We present the case of a male patient with renal oncocytoma and bladder leiomyoma.

   Case Report Top

A 64-year-old male patient with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and hypothyroidism following a thyroidectomy performed 40 years ago was referred to our hospital with a large pelvic mass and a right renal mass for further evaluation and management. The patient complained only of dysuria. A systemic review yielded unremarkable results.

On examination, mild lower abdominal distension was observed. Deep palpation indicated a palpable mass of roughly 10 cm × 10 cm. The mass was mobile, soft and nontender, with unremarkable features on general examination. All laboratory values were within normal ranges.

A chest X-ray clearly showed bilateral lung parenchyma. A computed tomography (CT) chest scan with intravenous (IV) contrast showed two tiny lung nodules, of which the largest measured 2 mm × 2 mm. No mediastinal, hilar, or axillary lymph nodes were found.

A CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis with IV contrast revealed a hypervascular right renal mass in the anterior lower pole, measuring 9 cm × 8.5 cm × 10 cm, with a speculated central scar and calcification suggestive of oncocytoma. However, the mass also showed features consistent with RCC and a small adjacent subcentimetric lymph node [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. In addition, the scan showed a large, soft tissue enhancing mass, inseparable from surrounding structures, measuring 16.5 cm × 10 cm × 13 cm, and pushing the urinary bladder to the right side [Figure 3].
Figure 1: Abdominal CT coronal view

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Figure 2: Abdominal CT axial view

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Figure 3: Pelvic CT axial view

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An ultrasound-guided biopsy was taken from the right renal mass, which confirmed the diagnosis of oncocytoma. The biopsy showed nests and groups of uniformly round, polygonal cells separated by fibrous stroma. The immunohistochemical stains of the sample were positive for CD117, epithelial membrane antigen and cytokeratin 7.

In addition, a core biopsy was taken from the pelvic mass. The tumor cells were positive for vimentin, smooth muscle actin, and desmin. The findings were largely in keeping with the diagnosis of leiomyoma.

The patient underwent a right radical nephrectomy and pelvic mass excision.

A postoperative histopathological report on the right renal mass confirmed the diagnosis of oncocytoma, with a tumor size of 8.0 cm × 7.5 cm. The ureter, hilar blood vessels and left kidney were unremarkable, but the pelvic mass report confirmed the diagnosis of leiomyoma, with a tumor size of 15.5 cm × 14.0 cm.

   Discussion Top

Leiomyomas of the bladder are benign mesenchymal neoplasms that represent fewer than 0.43% of bladder tumors.[1] Approximately, 250 cases of bladder leiomyoma have been reported worldwide.[1]

The incidence is three times higher in females than in males.[1]

Patients with leiomyomas may be asymptomatic, but usually present with obstructive symptoms (49%), irritative symptoms (38%), or hematuria (11%).[1]

These symptoms are due to the anatomical site and size of the tumor. More specifically, tumors near the bladder neck or ureteral openings more commonly cause obstructive symptoms, whereas large tumors tend to cause irritative symptoms.[2]

The patient reported here complained only of dysuria.

Three types of bladder leiomyoma exist extravesical (30%), intramural (7%), and endovesical (63%).[2] Endovesical tumors are most likely to cause symptoms because they protrude into the lumen of the bladder.[2]

The etiology of leiomyomas is unknown to date, but many hypotheses have been proposed. Some scholars suggest that estrogen has a role in the growth of leiomyomas due to the presence of identifiable estrogen receptors in leiomyomatous tissues.[2]

Renal oncocytomas are uncommon benign tumors of the kidneys, which account for approximately 3–7% of all primary renal solid tumors. They are rarely multiple or bilateral. Unilateral tumors make up 95% of cases of renal oncocytoma, and multiple tumors make up 5%.[3] Renal oncocytomas arise from the intercalated cells of the kidney's distal collecting tubules.[3]

It is difficult to differentiate between renal oncocytomas and malignant RCCs based on clinical or radiographic criteria. Hypodense enhancement, a spoke-wheel vascular formation pattern, a central scar area and the absence of a rounded edge as indicated in CT-scan and arteriography findings may suggest the presence of renal oncocytoma, but RCCs may also exhibit these features.[3]

Microscopically, the presence of oncocytes, which are eosinophilic epithelial cells, and trabecular or tubular mitochondria-rich cytoplasm may be suggestive of renal oncocytoma.[3]

Among the common cytogenetic findings for renal oncocytoma are deletions in chromosome 1, the loss of chromosome Y and translocations at 11q13.[3]

Chromophobe RCCs, especially the eosinophilic variant of chromophobe RCC, can be confused with renal oncocytomas due to a shared dominant eosinophilic component.[5]

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   References Top

Erdem H, Yildirim U, Tekin A, Kayikci A, Uzunlar AK, Sahiner C. Leiomyoma of the urinary bladder in asymptomatic women. Urol Ann 2012;4:172-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Kim IY, Sadeghi F, Slawin KM. Dyspareunia: An unusual presentation of leiomyoma of the bladder. Rev Urol 2001;3:152-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
Vernadakis S, Karaolanis G, Moris D, Zavvos V, Liapis G, Zavos G. Multiple bilateral oncocytomas of the native kidneys following renal transplantation: Report of a rare case and review of the literature. World J Surg Oncol 2013;11:119.  Back to cited text no. 3
Anastasiadis A, Dimitriadis G, Radopoulos D. Incidental giant renal oncocytoma: A case report. J Med Case Rep 2010;4:358.  Back to cited text no. 4
Van der Kwast T, Perez-Ordoñez B. Renal oncocytoma, yet another tumour that does not fit in the dualistic benign/malignant paradigm? J Clin Pathol 2007;60:585-6.  Back to cited text no. 5


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