1997 Volume 36 Issue 3 Pages 206-210
We report three non-typical cases of renal angiomyolipoma including clinical features, imaging examinations (with ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and angiography) and histological findings. Microaneurysms observed by angiography were common to the three cases and were considered to be an important finding in the diagnosis of renal angiomyolipoma. Moreover, the short tau inversion recovery (STIR) method of MRI, which suppresses photon signals of fat, was considered to be useful for the diagnosis. Case 1 was accompanied by spontaneous rupture, Case 2 was difficult to diagnose because of little fat tissue and Case 3 revealed a very small tumor.
(Internal Medicine 36: 206-210, 1997)