Indian Journal of Nephrology About us |  Subscription |  e-Alerts  | Feedback | Login   
  Print this page Email this page   Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size
 Home | Current Issue | Archives| Ahead of print | Search |Instructions |  Editorial Board  

Users Online:1021

Official publication of the Indian Society of Nephrology
 ~  Similar in PUBMED
 ~  Search Pubmed for
 ~  Search in Google Scholar for
 ~  Article in PDF (579 KB)
 ~  Citation Manager
 ~  Access Statistics
 ~  Reader Comments
 ~  Email Alert *
 ~  Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

   Article Figures

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded92    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal


  Table of Contents  
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 257-258

Giant renal angiomyolipomas in a patient with tuberous sclerosis

Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, 90 Yishun Central, 768829, Singapore

Date of Web Publication26-Jun-2015

Correspondence Address:
A Chawla
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, 90 Yishun Central, 768829
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.150729

Rights and Permissions

How to cite this article:
Chawla A, Bosco J, Shenoy J N, Chinchure D. Giant renal angiomyolipomas in a patient with tuberous sclerosis. Indian J Nephrol 2015;25:257-8

How to cite this URL:
Chawla A, Bosco J, Shenoy J N, Chinchure D. Giant renal angiomyolipomas in a patient with tuberous sclerosis. Indian J Nephrol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Aug 9];25:257-8. Available from:

A 71-year-old woman presented with left flank pain, fever and abdominal distension. She had been known to have an unknown neurological disease. Neurological examination and skin examination were unremarkable. Abdominal examination revealed soft abdomen with mild generalized tenderness. Laboratory investigation revealed eGFR of 43 ml/min. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) of abdomen showed giant angiomyolipomas (AMLs) in both kidneys [Figure 1]a and b. Small amount of enhancing renal parenchyma could be identified on both sides. There was excretion of contrast by the kidneys. A small AML was also seen in the right lobe of liver. CT images of included lung bases, demonstrated cystic lung disease with focal consolidation in left lower lobe, probably pneumonia. There were ill-defined sclerotic lesions in multiple dorsal vertebrae. Cranial CT revealed bilateral small calcified subependymal nodules [Figure 2], confirming the diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis (TS). The symptoms were attributed to left lower pneumonia and treated with antibiotics. The patient refused any immediate treatment for AMLs.
Figure 1: (a) Coronal reconstruction of contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) abdomen shows infiltrative fat containing giant masses (white asterisks) in retroperitoneum, replacing almost entire both kidneys. Renal pelvis is seen on either side (white arrowheads). There is a fat containing lesion in right lobe of liver (white arrow). (b) Axial CT image of delayed contrast study shows bilateral fatty angiomyolipomas (white asterisks) with excretory contrast in renal pelvis (white arrowheads)

Click here to view
Figure 2: Unenhanced computed tomography head shows bilateral calcified subpendymal nodules (white arrows), classically located along the striothalamic groove of the lateral ventricles

Click here to view

Tuberous sclerosis, also known as Bourneville disease, is an autosomal dominant neurocutaneous syndrome, with variable expressivity, characterized by hamartomatous lesions in multiple organs. Its prevalence reported ranges from 1 in 6,000-12,000. The classical Vogt's triad of adenoma sebaceum, seizures and mental retardation is seen in less than half of patients, which makes imaging studies important for diagnosis.

Renal cysts and AML are the commonest abdominal findings in TS, the latter seen in up to 75% of the cases. [1] Multiple hepatic AML are often found in patients with TS and particularly in patients with bilateral diffuse renal AML. [2] Rarely, renal cell cancer can be seen in younger patient with TS. [3] AML can range in size from 3 mm to those larger than 10-15 cm. AML associated with TS are usually larger than sporadic cases. The most fearful complication of an AML is spontaneous rupture and perinephric hemorrhage. Spontaneous hemorrhage is related to the size of the lesion. Smaller lesion <4 cm are unlikely to bleed and hence are not treated. The lesions between 4 and 8 cm should be closely followed up and treated, if the patient becomes symptomatic. Larger lesions more than 8 cm are treated by transcatheter embolization or conservative surgery. [4] Calcified subependymal nodules are seen in approximately 95% of patients with TS and are virtually diagnostic of TS. Based on the major and minor clinical-radiological criteria [5] , our patient falls in definite TS category.

  References Top

Crino PB, Nathanson KL, Henske EP. The tuberous sclerosis complex. N Engl J Med 2006;355:1345-56.  Back to cited text no. 1
Fricke BL, Donnelly LF, Casper KA, Bissler JJ. Frequency and imaging appearance of hepatic angiomyolipomas in pediatric and adult patients with tuberous sclerosis. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2004;182:1027-30.  Back to cited text no. 2
Ewalt DH, Sheffield E, Sparagana SP, Delgado MR, Roach ES. Renal lesion growth in children with tuberous sclerosis complex. J Urol 1998;160:141-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
Dickinson M, Ruckle H, Beaghler M, Hadley HR. Renal angiomyolipoma: Optimal treatment based on size and symptoms. Clin Nephrol 1998;49:281-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
Roach ES, Gomez MR, Northrup H. Tuberous sclerosis complex consensus conference: Revised clinical diagnostic criteria. J Child Neurol 1998;13:624-8.  Back to cited text no. 5


  [Figure 1], [Figure 2]


Print this article  Email this article


Indian Journal of Nephrology
Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow
Online since 20th Sept '07