Collecting duct carcinoma is a rare, highly aggressive, renal tumor arising from the distal collecting ducts. Various histologic patterns can be found in the same tumor but most demonstrate duct-like or papillary architecture surrounded by desmoplastic stroma. Grossly, these tumors are typically located in the medullary portion of the kidney near the region of the pelvis without extensive hemorrhage. It has a tendency to affect young patients and present at more advanced stages with a poorer prognosis. We describe a case of collecting duct carcinoma with histologic and immunohistochemical findings in a cortically located tumor. © 2005 Elsevier Inc.