Intrathoracic Kidney

  • Etiology: kidney rises into chest before diaphragm closes, or through patent Foramen of Bochdalek, or in trauma
  • Imaging: kidney in chest
  • Clinical: 5% of renal ectopia

Cases of Intrathoracic Kidney

CXR and CT of intrathoracic kidney
CXR PA and lateral (above) shows a soft tissue mass in the posterior costophrenic sulcus. Axial CT with contrast of the chest shows the right kidney in the right hemithorax.