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Mantle cell lymphoma presenting as a pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction: a case report

Ishvar Naranji*, Rhana H Zakri and Thomas Liston

Author Affiliations

Department of Urology, Worthing Hospital, West Sussex BN11 2DH, UK

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2013, 7:105  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-7-105

Published: 16 April 2013



Mantle cell lymphoma is one of the several subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Mantle cell lymphoma is the rarest of the subtypes, accounting for about 6% of all non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases in the United States and Europe. Lymphoid neoplasms of the urinary tract and male genital organs are relatively rare, accounting for less than 5% of extranodal lymphomas. We present a rare case of mantle cell lymphoma infiltrating the ureter causing pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction on tissue diagnosis.

Case presentation

A 78-year-old Caucasian woman was referred to our department with right flank pain, pyrexia and features of a urinary tract infection. A nephrostogram revealed a grossly distended right pelvicalyceal system in a pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction pattern. She underwent an elective pyeloplasty after her acute management and the results of histological examination revealed mantle cell lymphoma.


We describe a rare presentation of mantle cell lymphoma as a pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction. To the best of our knowledge, there has not been any previously published report of the above finding. Our patient had a history of a previous lymphoma but the aim of this manuscript is to highlight a possible presentation rather than determining whether the mantle cell lymphoma was de novo or a transformation from her previous splenic lymphoma with villous lymphocytes.