Update on Hereditary Renal Cancer and Imaging Implications

Stephanie M. Walker, Rabindra Gautam, Baris Turkbey, Ashkan Malayeri, Peter L. Choyke

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Up to 8% of renal cancers are thought to have a hereditary component. Several hereditary renal cancer syndromes have been identified over the last few decades. It is important for the radiologist to be aware of findings associated with hereditary renal cancer syndromes to detect tumors early, enroll patients in appropriate surveillance programs, and improve outcomes for the patient and affected family members. This review discusses from a radiologist's perspective well-known hereditary renal cancer syndromes and emerging genetic mutations associated with renal cancer that are less well characterized, focusing on imaging features and known associations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-963
Number of pages13
JournalRadiologic clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer
  • Hereditary renal cancer syndrome
  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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