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Robotic nephroureterectomy in a horseshoe kidney for upper tract urothelial carcinoma
  1. Edward Ramez Latif,
  2. Issam Ahmed,
  3. Milan Thomas and
  4. Ben Eddy
  1. Urology, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Canterbury, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Edward Ramez Latif; elatif{at}


Upper tract urothelial carcinoma represents a small proportion (5%–10%) of all urothelial cancers. Although there are several management options, in undifferentiated or high-risk cases, surgery in the form of nephroureterectomy is the gold standard. Horseshoe kidney is the most common congenital renal fusion anomaly affecting 1 in 400–600 patients. We present the case of a smoker in her mid-50s with an incidental finding of a papillary lesion in the right renal pelvis of her horseshoe kidney on CT scan. She went on to have endoscopic assessment confirming no other foci of disease. She was definitively managed with a robotic nephroureterectomy.

  • urology
  • urological surgery
  • surgical oncology
  • surgery
  • urological cancer

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  • Contributors ERL: wrote the case report; acquired patient consent and made the video and provided the voiceover. IA: helped with references and images. MT: rewrote the discussion. BE: performed the surgery; rewrote the description of the procedure performed.

  • 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.

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

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