Clinical, surgical, pathological and follow-up features of kidney cancer patients with Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome: novel insights from a large consortium

Capitanio U., Rosiello G., Erdem S., Rowe I., KARA Ö. , Roussel E., ...More

WORLD JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00345-020-03574-5
  • Title of Journal : WORLD JOURNAL OF UROLOGY


Purpose To investigate the natural history and follow-up after kidney tumor treatment of Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) patients. Materials and methods A multi-institutional European consortium of patients with VHL syndrome included 96 non-metastatic patients treated at 9 urological departments (1987-2018). Descriptive and survival analyses were performed. Results and limitations Median age at VHL diagnosis was 34 years (IQR 25-43). Two patients (2.1%) showed only renal manifestations at VHL diagnosis. Concomitant involvement of Central Nervous System (CNS) vs. pancreas vs. eyes vs. adrenal gland vs. others were present in 60.4 vs. 68.7 vs. 30.2 vs. 15.6 vs. 15.6% of patients, respectively. 45% of patients had both CNS and pancreatic diseases alongside kidney. The median interval between VHL diagnosis and renal cancer treatment resulted 79 months (IQR 0-132), and median index tumor size leading to treatment was 35.5 mm (IQR 28-60). Of resected malignant tumours, 73% were low grade. Of high-grade tumors, 61.1% were large > 4 cm. With a median follow-up of 8 years, clinical renal progression rate was 11.7% and 29.3% at 5 and 10 years, respectively. Overall mortality was 4% and 7.5% at 5 and 10 years, respectively. During the follow-up, 50% of patients did not receive a second active renal treatment. Finally, 25.3% of patients had CKD at last follow-up. Conclusions Mean period between VHL diagnosis and renal cancer detection is roughly three years, with significant variability. Although, most renal tumors are small low-grade, clinical progression and mortality are not negligible. Moreover, kidney function represents a key issue in VHL patients.