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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 322-323

Congenital mesoblastic nephroma: A rare cause of recurrent hematuria beyond infancy

Department of Pediatrics, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication4-Jul-2013

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K Saurabh
Department of Pediatrics, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.114498

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Saurabh K, Yadav R, Sharma S, Gupta R. Congenital mesoblastic nephroma: A rare cause of recurrent hematuria beyond infancy. Indian J Nephrol 2013;23:322-3

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Saurabh K, Yadav R, Sharma S, Gupta R. Congenital mesoblastic nephroma: A rare cause of recurrent hematuria beyond infancy. Indian J Nephrol [serial online] 2013 [cited 2023 Feb 5];23:322-3. Available from:


Congenital mesoblastic nephroma (CMN) tumor is most common benign renal neoplasm in neonates and infants less than 3 months of age, and overall comprises about 3-10% of all childhood renal tumors. [1] Mesoblastic nephroma may be detected on routine prenatal ultrasonography (USG) as early as 26 weeks or may present as a palpable abdominal mass in young infant but presentation beyond infancy that too as gross hematuria is very rare. [2]

A 14-month-old boy, a product of non-consanguineous marriage, presented with complaints of two episodes of painless gross hematuria since 3 months. Urine was red colored throughout the stream with no diurnal variation. There was no history of fever, increased frequency of urine, sore throat, pyoderma, swelling of body or abdomen or periorbital puffiness, skin rash, or drug intake. No antenatal USG was available. On examination, there was pallor; weight was 10.5 kg and height was 79 cm; blood pressure (BP) was 88/54 mmHg; other anthropometric and systemic examinations were unremarkable. Routine and microscopic examination of urine revealed full of red blood cells of normal shape and size in all the fields. Serum calcium was 9.5 mg/dl (N=9.0-11.0 mg/dl), phosphorus 4.5 mg/dl, and alkaline phosphatase 102 U/l. All other tests were within normal limits.

A 5.6 cm × 3.9 cm size hypoechoeic mass lesion with internal echoes identified at the upper pole of right kidney in USG of abdomen. Contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) of abdomen revealed reniform, hypodense lesion at the upper pole of right kidney with mild contrast enhancement in the periphery of lesion with foci of dense calcification inferiorly [Figure 1]. Radical nephrectomy was done and excised specimen sent for histopathological examination which was consistent with mesoblastic nephroma of classic type.
Figure 1: CECT abdomen showing hypodense mass at the upper pole of right kidney avenging the inferior surface of liver with foci of dense calcification and contrast enhancement in the periphery of lesion

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This case is atypical as recurrent gross hematuria at 14 months of age was the presenting feature as there was no intra-abdominal palpable mass. Although hematuria can be associated with CMN (<10% cases), it is not a presenting feature which brings tumor in knowledge. A very few case report say about gross hematuria as presenting feature in CMN. [3]

On imaging, findings suggestive of the classic type include a concentric hyperechoeic and hypoechoeic ring patterns surrounding the tumor in USG. Classic CMN characteristically appears as a large, uniform, soft tissue mass with minimal predominant peripheral enhancement. [4] In comparison; tumors with multiple cystic mass and foci of hemorrhage are much more likely to be consistent with cellular CMN on histology. [5] Nephrectomy alone is usually a sufficient treatment and chemotherapy is not routinely justified. Complete surgical resection remains the most important prognostic factor. [2],[5] Only 5% of the patients have recurrence; therefore, during the 1 st year after the nephrectomy, the patient must be submitted to a series of ultrasonographic assessments to detect early signs of local recurrence. There is a long-term low risk of hypertension and proteinuria due to single functioning kidney status that would require annual check-up for BP and urinalysis for proteinuria. [1],[2],[5]

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1.Glick RD, Hicks MJ, Nuchtern JG, Wesson DE, Olutoye OO, Cass DL. Renal tumors in infants less than 6 months of age. J Pediatr Surg 2004;39:522-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.England RJ, Haider N, Vujanic GM, Kelsey A, Stiller CA, Pritchard-Jones K, et al. Mesoblastic nephroma: A report of the United Kingdom Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). Pediatr Blood Cancer 2011;56:744-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Hu JM, Wu TT, Chan SW, Cheng SL, Chen SM, Sheu JN. Congenital mesoblastic nephroma presenting with massive hematuria and hemorrhagic shock: Report of one case. Acta Paediatr Taiwan 2006;47:135-8.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Kelner M, Droullé P, Didier F, Hoeffel JC. The vascular "ring" sign in mesoblastic nephroma: Report of two cases. Pediatr Radiol 2003;33:123-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Chaudry G, Perez-Atayde AR, Ngan BY, Gundogan M, Daneman A. Imaging of congenital mesoblastic nephroma with pathological correlation. Pediatr Radiol 2009;39:1080-6.  Back to cited text no. 5


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