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Laparoscopic treatment of page kidney: a report of two cases and review of the literature: Page bobregin laparoskopik tedavisi: Iki olgu sunumu ve literaturun gozden gecirilmesi.


Page kidney is defined as the external compression of the kidney, typically by a subcapsular hematoma, that leads to hypertension due to hypoperfusion and ischemia. The treatment options include medical anti- hypertensive treatment, percutaneous drainage, surgical decortication and nephrectomy. Laparoscopic decortication of Page kidney is a newly defined minimally invasive management technique. We describe 2 cases of Page kidney that failed to improve with percutaneous drainage but were successfully treated with the laparoscopic approach.

Key words: Hypertension; laparoscopic treatment; Page kidney.

OZET Page bobrek genellikle subkapsuler hematomun bobrege yaptigi basi ve bunun sonucu gelisen hipoperfuzyon ve iskeminin hipertansyona yol acmasi olarak tanimlanir. Medikal antihipertansif tedavi, perkutan drenaj, bobrek kapsul eksizyonu ve nefrektomi tedavi seceneklerini olusturmaktadir. Laparoskopik kapsul eksizyonu ise tedavide yeni tanimlanmis minimal invaziv bir tekniktir. Bu yazida perkutan drenaj sonrasi duzelmeyen fakat laparoskopik olarak basari ile tedavi edilmis 2 Page bobrek olgusu tanimlanmistir.

Anahtar sozcukler: Hipertansiyon; laparoskopik tedavi; Page bobrek.


Page kidney is defined as the external compression of the kidney, typically by a subcapsular hematoma, that leads to hypertension due to activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAA) axis by hypoperfusion and microvascular ischemia of the kidney. (1), (2)Tumor, lymphocele, and urinoma are other known causes. (3) The spontaneous forma-Ution of a renal subcapsular hematoma has been reported. (4) Management options include medical anti-hypertensive treatment, percutaneous drainage, surgical decortication and nephrectomy. (5) We report 2 cases of Page KkidneyHGX caused by posttraumatic subcapsular hematoma that failed to improve with percutaneous drainage but resolved following laparoscopic decortication and evacuation. The Institutional Review Board waived the requirement for patient consent owing to the use of only pre-existing data

Case reports

Case 1

A 25-year-old man with the chief complaint of new-onset hypertension reported a fall while playing ice hockey approximately 8 months prior to his presentation and a subsequent long-standing and large bruise on his right flank. He developed vague abdominal pain and under-went abdominal ultrasonography to evaluate possible cholecystitis. The gallbladder could not be visualized due to a large right renal cyst. Computed tomography revealed significant compression of the renal parenchyma by a 15x16x19 cm right renal cyst with internal debris (Figure 1). This cyst compressed both the right kidney and the pancreas. He underwent image-guided aspiration of the cyst, which collected 2500 mL of bloody fluid without malignant cells. One week later, computed tomography revealed a slight interval decrease in the size to 15x12x14 cm. The new-onset hypertension was being managed with 20 mg of lisinopril once daily. He also presented with new-onset gastro-esophageal reflux, which was managed with 75 mg of ranitidine once daily.


At the time of presentation to our clinic, he reported persistent abdominal pain without particular aggravating or alleviating factors. A physical examination revealed systolic and diastolic blood pressures of 110 and 80 mmHg, respectively. Flank ecchymosis and costovertebral angle tenderness were not present. A complete blood count and basic metabolic panel were unremarkable.

Due to the persistent pain and new-onset hypertension, surgical renal decortication was elected. The patient underwent right hand-assisted transperitoneal laparoscopic renal cyst decortica-tion and evacuation of the cystic structure, which appeared to be a subcapsular hematoma. There were no perioperative complications, and the patient was discharged home on postoperative day 1. His abdominal pain resolved. Within 3 weeks, the lisinopril was discontinued, and his blood pressure remained normal. Post-procedure ultrasonography confirmed complete drainage (Figure 2), and pathology revealed a benign cyst wall.

Case 2


An 18-year-old male football player who did not report any remarkable trauma but was involved in high-velocity contact sports on a daily basis presented to his school nurse with significant headaches along with episodic blurry vision and left flank pain. He was found to be hypertensive, with a systolic blood pressure over 200 mmHg. He was hospitalized for 10 days and underwent an evaluation for secondary hypertension. Endocrine testing and laboratory testing were normal, but computed tomography revealed a significant compression of the left renal parenchyma by an 11x9x12 cm subcapsular fluid collection (Figure 3). Despite medical treatment with 10 mg of amlodipine and 0.1 mg of clonidine daily, his systolic blood pressure remained elevated in the range of 180 mmHg.


The patient underwent ultrasound-guided percutaneous drainage of the subcapsular fluid collection. Immediate post-procedure ultrasonography confirmed virtually complete drainage (Figure 4). There was an initial resolution of the hypertension following aspiration, but the collection re-accumulated, and the hypertension recurred. A repeat CT scan confirmed almost com-plete reconstitution of the left perirenal hematoma.


The patient underwent left transperitoneal laparoscopic renal decortication and evacuation of the hematoma 2 months after the percutaneous drainage. The thick cyst wall was excised, and the entire hematoma was evacuated (Figures 5, 6). There were no peri-operative complications, and the patient was discharged home on postoperative day 1. Anti-hypertensive therapy was withdrawn, and his blood pressure remained normal. Pathology revealed no evidence of malignancy.




Page kidney was first defined by Page (6) in 1939 when he wrapped a canine kidney with cellophane and observed the ensuing hypertension, which he proposed to be caused by renal ischemia and hypoperfusion (although others have suggested that the hypertension in this setting may be the result of interstitial nephritis and inflammation due to kidney compression). (7) Clinically, the first case of hypertension due to a subcapsular hematoma was reported in 1955 by Engel et al., (8) occurring in a young football player who suffered blunt trauma to the kidney.

Because there is a large space between Gerota's fascia and the kidney, a large hemorrhage is required to compress the kidney. In contrast, even a small hemorrhage can cause significant compression under the renal capsule even if it is not large enough to cause hemostatic instability. Hypertension with a normal serum creatinine level is the classic presentation of Page kidney in the presence of a subcapsular renal hematoma. The onset of hypertension in Page kidney is generally gradual. When the contralateral kidney is functional, the creatinine level is not typically elevated.[4] Both of our patients had normal contralat-eral kidneys, and their creatinine levels were normal. Diagnosis is confirmed with imaging, and computed tomography provides more information than ultrasonography. (9)

Since 1955, more than 100 cases of Page kidney have been reported. The majority followed an episode of renal trauma, including sports and traffic accidents, extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy, and kidney biopsies. (10) Nontraumatic causes have included tumors, urinomas, and lymphoceles. (10) Smyth et al. (11) reported 26 cases of Page kidney that were divided into 2 groups, traumatic and nontraumatic. They found that traumatic patients were younger and that half of the nontraumatic patients had a prior history of hypertension. Furthermore, all patients that required nephrectomy were in the nontraumatic group. Both of our patients were similar, in that they were young and previously normotensive and had Page kidneys related to trauma. In a literature review, Dopson et al. (10) found that external trauma was the primary cause of Page kidney before 1991. After 1991, Page kidneys were more common due to invasive medical procedures such as kidney transplant biopsies. (4), (10)

Regardless of the pathogenesis, the aims of treatment are to reduce the blood pressure and prevent the loss of kidney function. The initial management is medical, addressing the hypertension, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors are particularly useful. (12) Surgical management to remove the offending subcapsular hematoma has historically been performed with open surgery, but recent experience has focused on minimally invasive techniques. Percutaneous drainage is the most successful in cases of newly formed hematomas but is unlikely to resolve older (organized) hematomas.[1] If the blood pressure is not improved despite medical treatment and percutaneous drainage fails (as in our cases), surgical decortication is recommended. Our cases demonstrate that laparoscopic treatment can be successful, with minimal treatment-related morbidity.

We are aware of only 3 prior English-language reports of Page kidney decortication with laparoscopic techniques. (13)-(15) The first was reported in 1998 by Graham et al., (13) who performed laparoscopic decompression of a unilateral subcapsular hematoma causing a Page kidney that occurred after shock wave lithotripsy. In 2007, Duchene et al. (14) reported the staged laparoscopic decortication of bilateral subcapsular hematomas causing a Page kidney, also due to shock wave lithotripsy. In 2002, Castle et al.[15] described a retroperitoneoscopic approach to hematoma decompression in a case similar to our cases; the patient was a young male athlete with sports-related trauma requiring surgical decortication following unsuccessful percutaneous drainage.

In conclusion, Page kidney is an uncommon entity that causes secondary hypertension. If medical treatment and percutaneous drainage fail, then laparoscopic decortication can be performed with high effectiveness and low treatment-related morbidity.

Department of Urology, University of Michigan Health System, MI, USA

Submitted: 20.06.2012

Accepted: 28.08.2012

Correspondence: J. Stuart Wolf, Jr Department of Urology, University of Michigan Health System 1500 East Medical Center Drive, TC 3875 48109 Ann Arbor, MI-United States Phone: +1-734-764-8397 E-mail:

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Conflict of Interest / Cikar CatismasipNo conflict of interest was declared by the authors.Yazarlar herhangi bir Cikar Catismasi bildirmemislerdir.

Peer-review: Externally peer-reviewed.

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Author Contributions / Yazar Katkilari

Concept / Fikir - J.S.W., S.C.; Design / Tasarim - J.S.W., S.C.;Supervision / Denetleme - J.S.W., S.C.; Funding / Kaynaklar - J.S.W.,S.C.; Materials / Malzemeler - J.S.W., S.C.; Data Collection and/orpProcessing / Veri toplanmasi ve/veya islemesi - J.S.W., S.C.; Analysis

and/or Interpretation / Analiz ve/veya yorum - J.S.W., S.C.; Literature Review / Literatur taramasi - J.S.W., S.C.; Writer / Yaziyi yazan - J.S.W., S.C.; Critical Review / Elestirel Inceleme - J.S.W., S.C.


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Author:Ciftci, Seyfettin; Wolf, J. Stuart
Publication:Turkish Journal of Urology
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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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