[Skip to Navigation]
April 1967

The Intrathoracic Kidney: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn
From the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Sections of pediatrics (Dr. Burke), pediatric nephrology (Dr. Wenzl), and urology (Dr. Utz).

Am J Dis Child. 1967;113(4):487-490. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090190133018

ECTOPIA of the kidney is uncommon, but intrathoracic ectopia of the kidney is exceedingly rare. Recently, we saw a young girl with an intrathoracic kidney, and in view of the uniquity of this anomaly, we wish to describe the clinical findings in this case and comment on the embryologic aspects and the prognosis in this rare condition.

A study of patients reported previously in the literature revealed that the intrathoracic kidney is an asymptomatic, normal organ. In some instances the intrathoracic kidney was discovered at thoracotomy. An excretory urogram would have revealed the presence of the ectopic organ and obviated the necessity of thoracotomy. We believe that such a diagnostic procedure is indicated in any patient with an indeterminate intrathoracic mass presenting just above the diaphragm.

Report of a Case  A 10-year-old child was referred to the Mayo Clinic on April 22, 1966, because of a mass above the diaphragm

Add or change institution