Estrogen and progesterone-receptor-positive stroma as a non-tumorous proliferation in kidneys: A possible metaplastic response to obstruction Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Cell Proliferation
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Kidney
  • Kidney Neoplasms
  • Receptors, Estrogen
  • Receptors, Progesterone
  • Stromal Cells


  • The presence of estrogen and progesterone-receptor-positive stroma is well known in renal mixed epithelial and stromal tumor, cystic nephroma, and angiomyolipoma with epithelial cysts. It has been suggested that the hormone receptor positivity in mixed epithelial and stromal tumor may be etiologically related to exogenous hormone intake-a phenomenon that has become more frequent in recent years. In the past few years, we have observed such stroma in some non-neoplastic kidneys, as well as in tumor-bearing kidneys away from the tumor. Herein we present our experience with 10 such cases. In a prospective manner, whenever we noted stroma resembling that in ovaries or müllerian organs (endometrial or cervical-like) in kidneys removed for any cause, immunohistochemical stains for estrogen and progesterone receptors were performed. There were eight males and two females among the group, with ages ranging from 11 months to 71 years. In six cases, the nephrectomies were performed for a non-functional kidney, and in three for tumors (one each of chromophobe, clear cell, and acquired cystic disease-associated renal cell carcinoma). One case was a partial nephrectomy for vesico-ureteric reflux, with upper pole hydronephrosis. Such stroma was present in nine cases as a non-mass forming proliferation around dilated, frequently inflamed pelvicalyceal system and collecting ducts. In one it was present at the periphery of an acquired cystic disease-associated renal cell carcinoma, as well as around non-tumorous cysts. The only common finding in all cases was a generalized or segmental hydronephrosis, or tumor compression-related focal obstruction. The stroma was positive for estrogen receptors in all 10 cases, and for progesterone receptors in seven. Thus, estrogen- and progesterone receptor-positive stroma can be present in the kidney, not only as a component of certain tumors, but also in association with non-neoplastic conditions. Its association with obstructive changes suggests that it may represent a metaplastic change in the renal interstitial cells surrounding these obstructed epithelial structures.

publication date

  • January 2008



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/modpathol.3800958

PubMed ID

  • 17873894

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