Kidney pathology: Current classification of renal cell carcinoma

Jonathan W. Said, George Thomas, Amnon Zisman

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This report discusses the new cytogenetic classification of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and its biological and clinical significance. It describes the four major types (clear cell, chromophil [papillary], chromophobe, and collecting duct) as well as rarer entities, such as small cell carcinoma, cystic RCC, rhabdoid variant of RCC, and unclassified RCC. Sarcomatoid carcinomas are a diverse group representing high-grade transformation of the other types. In addition to a description of the pathologic findings, there is a discussion of tumor markers and prognostic indicators. The clinical significance of the classification is discussed, with reference to recent reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent urology reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Clear Cell Carcinoma
  • Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Small Cell Carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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