Kidney - Ectopic Tissue
comment:In rare cases, various foci of extrarenal tissue can be noted in the kidney, particularly near the capsule. Liver tissue and adrenal tissue have been reported ( Figure 1 and Figure 2 ). These ectopic tissues occur spontaneously with no pathologic or toxicologic significance. They must be differentiated from the presence of either primary or metastatic neoplasia.
recommendation:Ectopic tissues should be diagnosed when present but should not be graded. The diagnosis should be modified with the tissue of origin (e.g., Kidney - Ectopic tissue, Liver).
related links:Kidney - Metaplasia, Osseous
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Prentice DE, Jorgenson W. 1979. Ectopic adrenal tissue in the kidney of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Lab Anim 13:221-223. Full Text: http://lan.sagepub.com/content/13/3/221.full.pdf
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