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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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VAZQUEZ ALONSO, Fernando et al. Intrathoracic ectopic kidney in an adults: case report and bibliographic review. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2008, vol.61, n.5, pp.631-633. ISSN 0004-0614.

Objective: We report the case of a 61-year-old male with the incidental diagnosis of intrathoracic renal ectopia during the workup study for a possible lung mass. Methods: We performed a bibliographic review on the incidence, origin, clinical presentation and diagnosis of this type of renal ectopia. Results: Chest x-ray showed a left posterior mediastinum mass. Bronchoscopy was performed showing signs of extrinsic compression with absence of neoplastic cells. CT scan revealed a left intrathoracic ectopic kidney with diaphragmatic hernia. Conclusions: Intrathoracic renal ectopia is a very unfrequent finding, often asymptomatic, frequently an incidental diagnosis that does not require treatment.

Keywords : Intrathoracic kidney; Diaphragmatic hernia; Diagnosis.

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