Papillary adenoma of the kidney

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Papillary adenoma of the kidney, also renal papillary adenoma, is a benign kidney tumour related to papillary renal cell carcinoma.

Papillary adenoma of the kidney
Diagnosis in short

Papillary adenoma. H&E stain.

Synonyms papillary adenoma, renal papillary adenoma

LM papillae typically with foam cells, +/-psammoma bodies, low ISUP nucleolar grade, must be <=1.5 cm
LM DDx papillary renal cell carcinoma, metanephric adenoma
Gross typically subcapsular location
Site kidney - see kidney tumours

Associated Dx often seen with papillary renal cell carcinoma
Clinical history often an incidental finding
Prevalence common
Prognosis benign
Clin. DDx other renal tumours
Treatment observation




  • Cortical kidney lesion.
    • Usually subcapsular.



  1. Histomorphology of papillary renal cell carcinoma with low ISUP nucleolar grade (grade 1 or 2).
  2. Must be <=1.5 cm as per 2016 WHO classification.[3]


  • The size cut-off used to be <=0.5 cm.[3][4][2]





  • CK7 +ve.
  • AMACR +ve.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wang, KL.; Weinrach, DM.; Luan, C.; Han, M.; Lin, F.; Teh, BT.; Yang, XJ. (Feb 2007). "Renal papillary adenoma--a putative precursor of papillary renal cell carcinoma.". Hum Pathol 38 (2): 239-46. doi:10.1016/j.humpath.2006.07.016. PMID 17056094.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Algaba, F. (2008). "Renal adenomas: pathological differential diagnosis with malignant tumors.". Adv Urol: 974848. doi:10.1155/2008/974848. PMC 2563151. PMID 18846240.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Moch, H.; Cubilla, AL.; Humphrey, PA.; Reuter, VE.; Ulbright, TM. (Feb 2016). "The 2016 WHO Classification of Tumours of the Urinary System and Male Genital Organs-Part A: Renal, Penile, and Testicular Tumours.". Eur Urol. doi:10.1016/j.eururo.2016.02.029. PMID 26935559.
  4. Zhou, Ming; Magi-Galluzzi, Cristina (2006). Genitourinary Pathology: A Volume in Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology Series (1st ed.). Churchill Livingstone. pp. 288. ISBN 978-0443066771.