Letter to the Editor

Life-threatening Complications of an Extremely Rare Tumor of the Kidney: Adult-type Primary Renal Ganglioneuroblastoma

Authors: Ender Kurt, MD, Gulaydan Filiz, MD, Hakan Vuruskan, MD, Meral Kurt, MD, Turkkan Evrensel, MD


To the Editor:

Ganglioneuroblastoma (GNB) is a type of neuroblastic tumor derived from the neural crest and arises in the sympathetic chain and adrenal gland.1 This tumor is extremely rare in adults. To our knowledge, only one adult case has been reported as having primary renal GNB in the English literature.2

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