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Small Renal Mass: To Treat or Not To Treat.
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PMID:  23192724     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
An increasing number of small renal masses (SRMs) are being detected with modern cross-sectional imaging. The natural history of SRMs is mostly unknown. Initial active surveillance (AS) is a reasonable treatment option for small renal masses (SRMs) < 4 cm in the infirm patient with major comorbidities. Partial nephrectomy (PN) is the established treatment for T1a tumors, provided that the operation is technically feasible and the tumor can be completely removed. Laparoscopic and, most recently, robotic PN have functional and oncologic outcomes comparable to open PN, but are technically demanding procedures. Radical nephrectomy (RN) should be limited to those cases where the tumor is not amenable to PN. Percutaneous needle biopsy of SRMs can be safely performed and has the potential to characterize SRMs histologically. It is best utilized in conjunction with ablative technologies. However, ablative therapies should be reserved for carefully selected patients who are poor surgical candidates.
Ahmed Alasker; Steve K Williams; Reza Ghavamian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current urology reports     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1534-6285     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Urol Rep     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100900943     Medline TA:  Curr Urol Rep     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Urology, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 3400 Bainbridge Avenue, 5th Floor, Bronx, NY, 10467, USA.
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