Atraumatic Ruptured Giant Renal Tumor

Gezahen Negusse Ayane,1 Khutsafalo Kadimo,2

  1. University of Botswana, Faculty of Medicine, Botswana

  2. University of Botswana, Library, Botswana

Correspondence to: Gezahen Ayane,


Massive hemoperitoneum due to spontaneous rupture of renal cell carcinoma is a rare presentation during emergency laparotomy. A 60-year-old female patient presented with severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and abdominal distension. A massive hemoperitoneum secondary to ruptured left kidney tumor was found during laparotomy. Histology confirmed a papillary renal cell carcinoma. Ruptured renal cell carcinoma can be a cause of bleeding into the retroperitoneum space. Emergency sonography and laparotomy are advocated for its management.


Keywords: Renal cell carcinoma, Rupture, Complex mass, Nephrectomy, Papillary


Ann Afr Surg. 2020; 17(3):130–131


Conflicts of Interest: None

Funding: None

© 2020 Author. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Submitted: 16 May 2019

Revised: 4 November 2019

Accepted: 10 December 2019

Online first: 29 May 2020


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