Long-term urological complications in survivors younger than 15 months of advanced stage abdominal neuroblastoma

M. A. Koyle, D. A. Hatch, P. D. Furness, M. A. Lovell, L. F. Odom, Eric A Kurzrock

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Purpose: We evaluated the long-term urological complications in survivors of infant advanced stage abdominal neuroblastoma. Materials and Methods: The records of patients who presented during an 8-year period with surgical problems related to the kidney and who had survived advanced stage (IV and IV-S) neuroblastoma were reviewed. Results: Of 7 patients identified 3 had complications of obstruction from retroperitoneal fibrosis and 4 had renal cell carcinoma. In the renal cell carcinoma group 3 patients had synchronous, multifocal, bilateral tumors and 1 had a tumor in a solitary kidney. Pathological examination of renal cell carcinoma revealed oncocytoidy with solid and papillary patterns. One patient underwent bilateral nephrectomy but in the remaining 3 renal preservation surgery was performed. All 7 patients have no progression of secondary complications 2 to 8 years after initial presentation. Conclusions: Survivors of advanced stage abdominal neuroblastoma may be predisposed to long-term urological complications well after initial diagnosis. Because of the risk of renal damage from obstruction secondary to retroperitoneal fibrosis, and the propensity to have renal cell carcinoma, close long-term followup using abdominal imaging is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1455-1458
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Abnormalities
  • Neoplasms
  • Neuroblastoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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