Article Text

  1. A Berenguer1,
  2. G Castanha2,
  3. J L Nunes3,
  4. S Nunes1,
  5. C Pilar4,
  6. F P Gomes4,
  7. M J Teixeira1,
  8. M Cordeiro5,
  9. L Camacho2,
  10. A Cavaco1
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Central Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Hospital Central Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
  3. 3Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Central Funchal, Funchal, Portugal
  4. 4Department of Pediatric Surgery, Hospital Central Funchal, Funchal, Portugal
  5. 5Department of Pathology, Hospital Central Funchal, Funchal, Portugal


Introdution Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XGP) is a rare, chronic inflammatory renal disorder associated with both chronic infection and obstruction. Most common in middle-aged females, it is important to recognize in children because it may be confused with childhood renal malignancies, particularly Wilms’ tumor.

Case Report We report a case of a 5-year old male patient with a 2-month history of unclear abdominal complaints, malaise, anorexia, weight loss and pale skin color. There was no history of urinary tract infections, symptoms or fever. Physical exam revealed a palpable left flank mass. The laboratory tests revealed anemia and leukocytosis. Urinalysis demonstrated pyuria with positive culture (Proteus mirabilis). Abdominal ultrasonography showed left renal enlargement with pelvicaliceal dilatation, parenchyma destruction and presence of calcifications. Abdominal CT scan confirmed global renal enlargement, parenchyma destruction, presence of calculi, spread of infiltration into de fat capsule, thickening of Gerota’s fascia and multifocal areas of varying density. Contralateral kidney was normal. Based on the clinical examination and imaging, above all, CT, the presumptive diagnosis of xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis of the left kidney was made. A transperitoneal left nephrectomy was performed. The pathological report documented xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis. The patient’s recovery was uneventful, and he has remained asymptomatic since surgery.

Conclusion Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis is a relatively rare entity. The resultant unfamiliarity often delay diagnosis and therapy, which in turn affect the prognosis. Furthermore, this entity can be mistaken for renal tumors but nowadays this should be mostly eliminated with the advances in the imaging methods.

Statistics from

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.