Category Archives: Kidney Cysts

Is taking statins safe for already compromised kidneys? My partner has been diagnosed with CKD stage 3a (gfr 59). It started with finding out his vitamin D was very low and he was having really bad cramps. They have been taking his bloods for 3 months starting with gfr 89 with a massive drop within 6 months to gfr 59. That is concerning to me. No diabetes and his blood pressure is OK. He has severaly low vitamin D though so has been prescribed high dose once a month (liquid). Also high creatinine in blood. After recent scan they found multiple cysts on both kidneys and there’s been referral made for further investigation so possible PKD now. It’s been 2 weeks now and still waiting for the appointment. He’s also dealing with sleep apnea (he isn’t overweight) and insomnia. Also had hernia 3x which has been meshed now but developed seroma in the place. At some point he suffered enlarged prostate which they said “feels” normal now but was evaluated only by physical examination so who knows. I’ve read this may have contributed to lowering gfr as well. He also has a history of stomach ulcers but that was sorted maybe a decade ago. With regards his kidney function he hasn’t been to hospital and everything has been dealt through his general practitioner (GP) so far. As well he’s coping, but I’m just terrified ūüė•. We’ve made some changes to his diet (a lot of veg, little meat, fruit, whole grain, low sodium diet) which he’s not happy about but I believe right diet can help. Despite not having high BP or high cholesterol his GP, now prescribed him Atovarstatin 40mg daily. I think it’s quite high for someone who has got no issues just yet. I’ve read loads about possible contribution to further kidney damage and horrible side effects. I’m not keen on him taking preventatively these pill just because I believe there is no need at this moment. Am I wrong? I’d rather have him undergo heart examination first and regular gfr and other tests but they say it’s once a year check up which is ridiculous. I just don’t know what steps we should take now. Thank you for advice.

Statins, such as Atorvastatin, are used to prevent the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and also prevent complications of heart disease, which are very common in patients with CKD. ¬†I am unable to comment on specific treatment for your … Continue reading

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I have stage 3 moderate kidney disease. Had an ultrasound done and it showed some cysts, one which showed something. Dr. wants to have an ultrasound of my kidneys with the dye. I am concerned because the dye is not good on the kidneys. My mother died of Amyloidosis and my brother with kidney cancer. Do I need a second opinion?

I am not familiar with any ultrasound examination of the kidneys that requires contrast or dye. ¬†Dye or contrast is commonly used for an arteriogram or an intravenous pyelogram (IVP), or a contrasted computerized tomogram (CT) pyelogram. ¬†This should be … Continue reading

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Can kidney cysts cause me to develop polycythemia vera? I also use a CPAP machine because of obstructive apnea. Cpap helps greatly but still making too many red blood cells.

Cystic disease of the kidneys, such as polycystic kidney disease can be associated with polycythemia and increased numbers of red blood cells. Sleep apnea is also associated with polycythemia. If you only have one or two simple cysts, this would … Continue reading

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Sir, I have cyst at right kidney which size is something around like 3.2 multiply 2.4cm. So my question is that is it dangerous at future or surgery is must or what should I do next? Please give me some suggestion.

Most cysts of the kidney are benign simple cysts and require no follow up or treatment. ¬†Complex cysts require follow up and potential treatment. ¬†I suggest that you consult with your physician to find out whether this cysts is simple … Continue reading

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I have PKD in my family (my grandma who passed away, mother who is 56, and other family members) and I am 32 years old. I had my first Ultrasound a few years ago and my latest one last year showed “2 small cysts” and it was also discovered that I only have one kidney. I am seeing a nephrologist in Boca Raton and he has recommended that I get genetic testing done to find out if I have the gene or not since nothing says I have PKD at this point so we want to be sure one way or another. I have reached out to some genetic counseling centers but they are all very busy and I couldn’t get an appointment until June 2020. Is there anything that you can recommend or any specific place I can go for my unique circumstance? Thanks for your help.

Your ultrasound does not achieve criteria for a diagnosis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPCKD). ¬†The only other criteria that is used is time to see if you develop further cysts that would qualify for a diagnosis of ADPCKD. … Continue reading

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My husband (78) has a 10.6 x 8.3×8.6 and 3.8x 3.1 x 4 cysts. Recently started nausea while eating, lower back pain, low tolerance of cold and dizziness.Could this be related to the cyst? He has appointment with urologist on Thursday.

Simple cysts do not cause symptoms. Hence, I am unable to explain your husband’s symptoms on the basis of simple cysts in his kidney. I suggest that further testing will be necessary.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney Cysts, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Urinary Tract Infection/Pyelonephritis, Urological Issues

Hello. I have been battling kidney stones for some time now. I was admitted in the hospital June of 2018 multiple kidney stones. And I just saw on my medical records, I have cyst on both kidneys. My problem is my kidney stays swollen up and hurts even more with any activity and it’s getting worse. What could this be and what should I do? I only make $10 per hr and no insurance. So I can not go to a urologist. I haven’t been back to hospital. I don’t know what to do on this. I just want to know kinda what I’m facing if you could help me here. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You.

Recurring kidney stones are painful. The best treatment for kidney stones is to adopt a very low salt diet. ¬†I am a strong proponent of the DASH diet. You should not use any salt at the table and no salt … Continue reading

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My 83 year old mother-in-law was advised in January 2019 of a possible cyst on her kidney. She refuses any related medical treatment. Recent blood work shows a GFR of 25. She has some of the listed symptoms of kidney failure, including high blood pressure. She also has extreme food allergies which makes control by diet difficult. She says she’s ready to die – but we’re not ready to let her go yet. How long can she live without treatment? She’s frail but still on top of her mental game. Help!

I am unable to provide a prognosis without performing a complete history and physical examination. Conservative or non-dialysis management of advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that we provide care for as long as we can and that your mother-in-law … Continue reading

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Is the cysts inside the kidneys, can cause kidney failure? In the future, how to take care of this problem and who should I see to follow up? I mean what speciality? Thanks

Cysts on the kidneys may occur as a result of a genetic kidney disease known as autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPCKD). ¬†There is also a condition known as acquired cystic disease of the kidney as well as simple cysts … Continue reading

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Good Day Doc! My mom just had her ultrasound this morning and found out that she has a fatty liver and kidney cyst. There is no nephrologist near our area and I was just wondering if I can have your opinion on what should be the first aid while she’s still not seeing any doctor because it has to be by appointment? I hope that you can help with my question. I just want to know what we should do because she is aching from the pain?

I am unable to make any specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. ¬†Cysts of the kidney are often benign and should not cause pain. Cysts of the kidney can be simple or complex. Complex cysts require careful … Continue reading

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