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Bilateral primary renal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: a rare presentation of paediatric renal disease mimicking juvenile nephronophthisis
  1. Gordon Bruce,
  2. Shahzya Chaudhury and
  3. Ben Reynolds
  1. Department of Paediatrics, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gordon Bruce; gordon.bruce1{at}


A 12-year-old boy presented with a prolonged history of headache, fatigue and hypertension. Initial investigations were consistent with presumed non-oliguric end-stage renal disease, leading to a provisional diagnosis of juvenile nephronophthisis. Subsequent imaging demonstrated bilaterally enlarged kidneys without cystic change. Mutation analysis was negative for nephronophthisis, causing diagnostic uncertainty which prompted renal biopsy. Histology revealed a primary renal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma which was highly responsive to chemotherapy, including the anti-CD20 monoclonal agent, rituximab. Renal function improved during lymphoma treatment, with residual chronic kidney disease stage 3a once chemotherapy was completed. Atypical diagnostic features should always prompt re-evaluation of a patient. In this case, the delayed malignancy diagnosis did not have an adverse effect on patient survival or morbidity. The outcome for primary renal lymphoma (PRL) has improved markedly following the introduction of rituximab.

  • acute renal failure
  • chronic renal failure
  • renal intervention
  • oncology
  • paediatric oncology

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  • Contributors GB wrote the case report subject to corrections and created case table. BR provided images alongside critical revisions to the original report and agreed with the final submission. SC provided additional information pertaining to the histology.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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