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Sciatica leading to the discovery of a renal cell carcinoma

MA Lakmichi, R Jarir, J Kabour, Z Dahami, MS Moudouni, I Sarf

Abstract


Metastatic renal cell cancer is not exceptional in kidney cancer (30% of patients with kidneyl cancer). Its prognosis is particularly severe. However, sciatic neuralgia (sciatica) remains an exceptional revealing clinical sign of this disease. The authors report the case of a patient admitted with right sciatica as chief complain, leading to the discovery of a renal cell carcinoma. Although uncommon, renal cell carcinoma spine metastasis should be included in the differential diagnosis of back pain and sciatica.

Key words: Renal carcinoma, kidney cancer, metastatic renal cell cancer, cytoreductive nephrectomy




http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/pamj.v9i1.71193
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