Metastatic renal cell carcinoma in the head and neck region

Sowjanya Gandla, Veena Ramaswamy, Vishal Rao


We describe 3 rare cases of metastatic renal cell carcinoma in the head and neck region. Our first case was a 72 years old male presented with profuse bleeding from the left ear. On examination, proliferative, pink, friable mass was present in the left external auditory canal. On eliciting the detailed history, it was found that patient had renal cell carcinoma in the left kidney four years back and underwent left radical nephrectomy. Patient underwent left lateral temporal bone resection with cul-de-sac closure. Histopathological examination of the specimen showed metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Our second case was a 64 years old male presented with complaints of growth in the oral cavity of 1 month duration. On examination, 5×3 cms proliferative growth was present in the hard palate. Biopsy from the growth in the hard palate showed metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Patient gave history of renal cell carcinoma in the past for which he did not receive treatment. Our third case was a 45 years old male who presented to us with a diffuse swelling in the left temporal region of 2 months duration. On examination, 3×2 cms swelling was present in the left temporal region. Patient had history of renal cell carcinoma of left kidney and underwent left nephrectomy one year prior to the presentation of the left temporal swelling. Ultrasonography guided biopsy of the left temporal region showed metastatic renal cell carcinoma.


Renal cell carcinoma, Metastasis, Head and neck

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