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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 132-136

Increased visceral adipose tissue in male patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma


Unit of Diagnostic Imaging, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Rome, Italy

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Dr. Federico Greco
Unit of Diagnostic Imaging, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Via Alvaro del Portillo, 21, Rome
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ccij.ccij_62_18

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Background: Excessive accumulation of adipose tissue, mainly visceral, can determine adipocyte- and adipose tissue-related disorder. Visceral adipocytes secrete mediators associated with carcinogenesis. Several studies have shown a correlation between blood levels of these mediators and clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). Indeed, specific biomarkers, including adipokines, have been considered as a possible link between obesity and RCC. Objective: The objective of the study is to test the hypothesis that there is an increase of visceral adipose tissue (VAT) in male patients with ccRCC. Methods: In this retrospective study, two groups were included: A group of patients with ccRCC and a control group without a history of malignancies. Total adipose tissue (TAT) area, VAT area, and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) area were measured in both groups. VAT/SAT ratio was subsequently calculated. Results: Statistically significant differences between the two groups were found in VAT area (P = 0.01) and VAT/SAT ratio (P < 0.05), while no significant difference was found in TAT area and SAT area. Conclusions: This study shows an increased VAT in male patients with ccRCC.


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