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renal epithelial and stromal tumor

Friday 27 January 2012

Cystic nephroma (CN) and mixed epithelial and stromal tumor (MEST) are rare benign renal neoplasms that have overlapping clinical and morphologic features, including predominance in middle-aged women, variably cystic architecture, eosinophilic cells, and hobnail cells lining the cysts and ovarian-type stroma.

On the basis of detailed morphologic analysis of this series of CN and MEST, a unifying term of "renal epithelial and stromal tumor" (REST) has been propsoed to encompass the spectrum of findings observed in these tumors at least until new molecular studies can prove or disprove this challenging hypothesis.

References

- Cystic nephroma and mixed epithelial and stromal tumor of kidney: a detailed clinicopathologic analysis of 34 cases and proposal for renal epithelial and stromal tumor (REST) as a unifying term. Turbiner J, Amin MB, Humphrey PA, Srigley JR, De Leval L, Radhakrishnan A, Oliva E. Am J Surg Pathol. 2007 Apr;31(4):489-500. PMID: #17414095#