Renal cell carcinoma (Grawitz tumor)

Renal cell carcinoma (Grawitz tumor)

Renal clear cell carcinoma (Grawitz tumor) is a malignant epithelial tumor resulted from proliferation of tubule cells. Tumor cells form cords, papillae, tubules or nests, and are atypical, polygonal and large. Because these cells accumulate glycogen and lipids, their cytoplasm appears "clear", lipid-laden, the nuclei remain in the middle of the cells, and the cellular membrane is evident. Some cells may be smaller, with eosinophilic cytoplasm, resembling normal tubular cells. The stroma is reduced, but well vascularized. The tumor grows in large front, compressing the surrounding parenchyma, producing a pseudocapsule. (H&E, ob. x20)

Last updated : 01/30/2009