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Tuesday 27 April 2010


- intralobar nephroblastematosis
- perilobar nephroblastematosis
- panlobar nephroblastematosis

Etiology - Associations

- WT1 germline mutations
- diaphanospondylodysostosis

Beckwith classification (1990)

A new classification and terminology is proposed for precursor lesions of Wilms’ tumor (WT), based upon morphology and natural history.

The generic term nephrogenic rest (NR) is used for all WT precursors. Two major categories of NR are recognized: perilobar (PLNR) and intralobar (ILNR).

Nephroblastomatosis signifies the presence of multiple or diffuse NRs.

Nephroblastomatosis can be classified into four categories:
- (a) perilobar (PLNR only);
- (b) intralobar (ILNR only;
- (c) combined (PLNR and ILNR);
- (d) universal.

The individual rests can be subdivided into:
- (a) nascent or dormant NRs;
- (b) maturing or sclerosing NRs;
- (c) hyperplastic NRs;
- (d) neoplastic NRs.

Of 282 evaluable unilateral WT specimens, 28.4% were definitely rest-positive, and an additional 12.4% were probably positive, with equal prevalence of PLNRs and ILNRs.

Median age at diagnosis of WT was 36 months with PLNRs, 16 months with ILNRs, and 12 months if both types were present.

PLNRs were strongly associated with synchronous bilateral WTs, and ILNRs with metachronous contralateral WTs.

ILNRs were associated with aniridia and Drash syndrome, whereas PLNRs were more commonly found with hemihypertrophy and/or Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome.

The delineation of two distinct categories of WT precursors suggests pathogenetic heterogeneity for WTs.

See also

- nephrogenic rests


- Single-nucleotide polymorphism in WT1 gene in a hyperplastic intralobar nephrogenic rest with botryoid protrusion. Mizuno K, Hayashi Y, Tozawa K, Iwatsuki S, Kojima Y, Kohri K. Urology. 2010 Jul;76(1):149-52. PMID: 19914700

- Sequential WT1 and CTNNB1 mutations and alterations of beta-catenin localisation in intralobar nephrogenic rests and associated Wilms tumours. Fukuzawa R, Heathcott RW, More HE, Reeve AE. J Clin Pathol. 2006 Dec 15; PMID: 17172473

- Nephrogenic rests, nephroblastomatosis, and the pathogenesis of Wilms’ tumor. Beckwith JB, Kiviat NB, Bonadio JF. Pediatr Pathol. 1990;10(1-2):1-36. Review. PMID: 2156243

- A novel Wilms’ tumor 1 gene mutation in a child with severe renal dysfunction and persistent renal blastema. Wagner N, Wagner KD, Afanetti M, Nevo F, Antignac C, Michiels JF, Schedl A, Berard E. Pediatr Nephrol. 2008 Sep;23(9):1445-53. PMID: 18516627