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The Management of a Clinical T1b Renal Tumor in the Presence of a Normal Contralateral Kidney The Case for Nephron-Sparing Surgery.

Department of Urology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Electronic address: .
The Journal of urology (Impact Factor: 3.75). 01/2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.juro.2013.01.030
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