Sciatica leading to the discovery of a renal cell carcinoma

  • MA Lakmichi
  • R Jarir
  • J Kabour
  • Z Dahami
  • MS Moudouni
  • I Sarf
Keywords: Renal carcinoma, kidney cancer, metastatic renal cell cancer, cytoreductive nephrectomy

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

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