Calcium oxalate deposition in renal cell carcinoma associated with acquired cystic kidney disease: A comprehensive study
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Carcinoma, Transitional Cell
Neoplasms, Multiple Primary
The main complication of acquired cystic kidney disease (ACKD) is frequent development of renal tumors, including renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Intratumoral deposition of calcium oxalate (CaOx) is a distinct feature of ACKD-associated RCCs, but several features of this type of RCC are not known. Features of the 30 end-stage renal disease (ESRD)-associated RCCs identified within a 13-year period, including eight with CaOx deposition, were analyzed. Pathologic and clinical features of CaOx positive (+) and negative (-) RCCs were evaluated and compared. The CaOx+ RCCs showed higher tendency for bilaterality and multifocality. Seven tumors displayed distinctive morphologic features characterized by tumor cells with ill-defined cell membrane, abundant granular eosinophilic cytoplasm, large nuclei, and prominent nucleoli. One tumor was of clear cell type. Regardless of histologic type, all tumors displayed a proximal tubular differentiation. No significant difference was noted for tumors' stage, proliferation, and apoptosis rate between the CaOx+ and CaOx- RCCs. CaOx+ RCCs account for a significant portion of all ESRD-associated RCCs. The majority of these RCCs display a distinctive morphologic profile. Proximal tubular cell differentiation in conjunction with ESRD-mediated high serum level may be pathogenetically important for intratumoral CaOx deposition. These RCCs seems to have a relatively good prognosis.