Cholesterol Granuloma of the Abdominal Wall: An Unusual Finding in the Setting of Renal Cell Carcinoma

Robert Abraham Obeid, Daniel James Hoppe, Tamer Jacob Dafashy, Rebecca Elaine Waters, Susan Elizabeth Tarry

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    Abstract

    Cholesterol granulomas are composed of a distinct type of granulation tissue that contains lipids and cholesterol crystals. They are not believed to be a pathological entity, but rather an inflammatory tissue reaction to the presence of trapped blood secondary to localized hemorrhage.1 Cholesterol granulomas can be identified histologically by the presence of multi-nucleated giant cells, hemosiderin, and red blood cells along with their associated break-down products.1 Recognizing cholesterol granulomas can provide clinical utility as they demonstrate a tendency to mimic carcinoma both clinically and radiologically.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)160-161
    Number of pages2
    JournalUrology Case Reports
    Volume13
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 2017

    Keywords

    • Cholesterol granuloma
    • Nephrectomy
    • Renal cell carcinoma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Urology

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