BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007921
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An incidentally detected pelvic kidney in a patient of cervical carcinoma imaged for radiotherapy planning

  1. Eranna R Palled3
  1. 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  2. 2Department of Radiation Oncology, HealthCare Global—Bangalore Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  3. 3Department of Radiodiagnosis, Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Swaroop Revannasiddaiah, swarooptheone{at}


A patient diagnosed with an International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics Stage-IB2 cervical carcinoma was referred to us for radiation-based treatment, given the evidence for equivalence of surgical and radiotherapeutic managements.1 In preparation for standard chemoradiotherapy (a plan of three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy with concurrent cisplatin chemotherapy followed by brachytherapy), the patient underwent a CT scan as part of the RT planning process. Surprisingly, the presence of an ectopic pelvic kidney was noted (figure 1). Noting the normal excretion of contrast in the ipsilateral ureter, the pelvic kidney was functional in all probability (figure …

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