Lymphoepithelioma-Like Carcinoma (LELC) of the Kidney Presenting as Non Functioning Kidney - A Case Report

Case Report

Austin J Urol. 2015;2(1): 1020.

Lymphoepithelioma-Like Carcinoma (LELC) of the Kidney Presenting as Non Functioning Kidney - A Case Report

Sriram Krishnamoorthy, Sekar Hariharasudhan and Sunil Shroff

Department of Urology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, India

*Corresponding author: Sriram Krishnamoorthy, Department of Urology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College & RI, Chennai, India

Received: November 03, 2014; Accepted: February 16, 2015; Published: February 23, 2015


Lymphoepithelioma Like Carcinoma (LELC) is a rare poorly differentiated epithelial tumor with a dense inflammatory cell infiltrate. Lymphoepithelioma mainly occurs in the nasopharynx, but can also arise in a variety of other sites including salivary gland, thymus, lung, stomach, skin and urothelium. Primary LELC of the urinary tract is very rare. Cases involving the urinary bladder, ureter and renal pelvis are reported but an isolated LELC of the kidney is published only once before in the literature. We present a 70-year-old man who had right loin pain and increased frequency. He initially had right percutaneous nephrostomy and subsequently underwent right simple nephrectomy for nonfunctioning kidney. The histopathology report was pT1bN0M0 LELC of the Kidney. We present the case because of its rarity and also to highlight the need for recognizing this unusual renal tumor. To our knowledge, this is the second reported case of LELC of the kidney.

Keywords: Lymphoepithelioma like carcinoma; Lymphoepithelioma; Kidney


Lymphoepithelioma is a malignant poorly differentiated epithelial tumor with dense inflammatory cell infiltration. More often, it affects nasopharynx but can also rarely affect other organs. Lymphoepithelioma when it occurs in other sites like the salivary gland, thymus, lung, stomach, skin and urothelium is termed as Lymphoepithelioma like carcinoma. LELC of the urinary tract is very rare. Tumors affecting urinary bladder, urethra and renal pelvis are reported, whereas, LELC of kidney is very rare. Differentiation from medullary carcinoma of the kidney and collecting duct carcinoma has its implications on its prognosis and treatment. Only one case of LELC of the kidney has been reported in the literature. To our knowledge, we present the second case of LELC of the kidney.

Case Report

A 70 year-old man presented with a history of right loin pain and increased urinary frequency for a month. He did not have hematuria or other urological complaints. He is a non-smoker, had no co morbid illness. Physical examination was unremarkable. The blood biochemistry and renal function tests were normal. Urine routine showed 1-2 pus cells. Urine culture showed no growth. Ultrasound abdomen showed right moderate hydronephrosis with an ill defined heterogeneous predominantly hypo echoic lesion in the lower pole of the right kidney. A clinical diagnosis of pyonephrosis was made. However, three consecutive urine specimens for AFB were negative. IVU showed a non visualized right kidney (Figure 1). CECT Lower abdomen showed contracted, moderately hydronephrotic right kidney with a small hypodense lesion measuring 3.8 x3.4cm in the inferior pole of the right kidney showing heterogonous enhancement on contrast administration (Figure 2). Surrounding perinephric strandings were observed. Right proximal urethra was mildly dilated with abrupt narrowing and no excretion of contrast in the right urethra. DTPA showed reduced cortical and excretory function (19%) on the right kidney (Figure 3). During the course of evaluation he developed severe cough, fatigability and fever with chills. It was thought to be due to an infected hydroureteronephrosis and a percutaneous nephrostomy was done, suspecting an infective pathology. Around 50ml of turbid urine was drained. Culture specific parenteral antibiotics were administered. He had a daily PCN output of 100ml/day with persistent high grade fever with chills. Hence open right renal exploration and nephrectomy was planned. Intraoperatively, right kidney was densely adherent to the IVC and the retroperitoneum. Nephrectomy was completed with a lot of difficulty. The cut section revealed a slightly yellowish solid tumour involving the entire kidney, mainly the lower pole. On histo-pathological examination, the tumour showed diffuse sheets and cords of undifferentiated cells having large pleomorphic nuclei with coarse chromatin and prominent nucleoli and amphophilic cytoplasm, giving the tumor a syncitial appearance (Fig 4). Individual cells or a group of cells were surrounded by prominent lymphoid infiltrates. The entire tumor demonstrated similar morphology. Immunohistochemistry revealed strong positivity for CD10, Vimentin in the background lymphoid cells and P63, CK7 positive in the epithelial component of the tumor (Figure 4) and negative for CEA and CK20. The histological picture and positivity for P63 were in favor of Lymphoepithelioma like carcinoma. The patient had an uneventful post operative period. Patient was advised adjuvant chemotherapy but refused the same and is on regular follow-up for the past 10 months.