Category Archives: Kidney Cysts

Had an US of RUQ. Have renal cyst. Right kidney: “10.0 x 5.0 x 5.8 cm. Renal parenchyma is normal in echogenicity and cortical thickness. Hydronephrosis, calculus is not evident. 3.9 x 4.1 x 3.8 cm cyst lower pole right kidney is seen with single internal septation. There is similar morphology to previous examination. Previously this measured up to 2.8 cm. Free fluid in the abdomen is not seen.” Should I be concerned? My doctor wasn’t. Having mild pain RUQ/noGB and mid back. Thanks.

I cannot make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide. If the cyst has an internal septation, I commonly recommend a follow up ultrasound in 6 to 12 months or consultation with a urologist. From your description, … Continue reading

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MRI of lubar spine without contrast revealed T2 hyperintense right renal lesions (perhaps renal cysts?), and right hydronephrosis measuring 1.9 cm. Is this significant enough to see a nephrologist? Thank you.

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan is a very difficult scan to interpret for cysts of the kidney. I suggest consultation with a urologist. A urologist is best trained to evaluate both the obstruction and the question of a lesion … Continue reading

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KIDNEYS AND URETERS: There are several simple cysts in the right kidney. In addition, in the lateral aspect of the lower pole of the right kidney, there is a subtle 2.3 x 2.4 x 2.2 cm mass. This is new from 06/10/2014. There is an exophytic peripherally hyperattenuating focus from the inferior pole of the left kidney, exophytic. This measures up to approximately 1.3 cm in the coronal plane as opposed to 0.9 cm on 06/10/2014. Nephrograms are symmetric without hydroureteronephrosis. There is contrast in the collecting system limiting evaluation for calculi. Please put in simple language for us. We were told husband has cancer. Thank you!

It is difficult to interpret someone else’s interpretation. It is best to review the radiologic films personally. The report mentions simple cysts which are benign cysts of the kidney and very common. These cysts are not a concern. There is … Continue reading

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Hello doctor! I am 24 years old and I have several kidney cysts in both kidneys. I did a CT scan and an MRI for other reasons and I found out I had several small cysts on both of them. I don’t have any symptoms and I don’t have anyone in my family with a kidney disease that I know of. Am really worried. Is it normal to have several cysts at my age? Answering my questions would be a big help. Thank you very much!

At age 24, you should have less than three cysts on your kidneys. If there are more than three cysts and the cysts are simple cysts, then you may have polycystic kidney disease. I suggest that you discuss this with … Continue reading

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Should I be concerned with this? 4.0 cm left renal cyst. I currently have been having pain on the left side with a UTI, I think.

A cyst on the kidney can be a benign finding. If it a simple cyst, then nothing needs to be done about this. If this is a complex cyst, then further testing may be needed. I suggest you discuss this … Continue reading

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Are there any safe anti-anxiety and/or anti-depression medications for people with stage 1 kidney disease?

Stage 1 chronic kidney disease (CKD) indicates that the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is in the normal range but there is blood, protein or infection in the urine for greater than 3 months. It could also mean that there … Continue reading

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After recurring UTI and blood in my urine to where my urine looked pink, and something missing in the culture to be indicative of a UTI, my PCP sent me for a CT scan. This is the portion of lab results I need help understanding: …6 cm fluid attenuating right upper pole cortical renal cyst. No renal calculi or hydronephrosis. No ureteral or urinary bladder calculi identified. Urinary bladder is normal. YIKES, what a mouthful. PCP referred me to urologist I am seeing next week. I don’t know if this is pertinent, but I have lower backaches and my dad got tired of dialysis over time and died from renal failure. I would just appreciate an explanation of aforementioned CT results. Thank you in advance for your expertise and any advice.

A cyst of the kidney can be a simple cyst, which is a benign cyst of the kidney. It may also be a complicated cyst, which requires further testing. The urologist will need to examine the films of this cyst … Continue reading

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I recently had an ER visit and they did an ultrasound to check my gallbladder and such. They found a “complicated cyst 1.4cm” on my right kidney. In 2012 I had a CT done and the cysts at that time were “simple” and 9mm. The ER doctor recommends a CT scan to follow up but I have no health insurance. So it really isn’t an option at the moment. Should I be worried or will it be fine without having a CT?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. The problem that you pose is a urological problem. Cysts of the kidney are usually evaluated by a urologist to see what kind of follow … Continue reading

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Just had an ultrasound on kidneys/bladder due to GFR of between 54-57 over past 6 weeks. Result is Stage 3 kidney disease with right kidney fine and a simple cyst in left kidney. My question is: is Kidney disease and kidney cysts related? Or are they mutually exclusive? Do you recommend follow up with a nephrologist at this stage of kidney disease?

If the report says a simple cyst, then this is a benign cyst of the kidney. About 4 out of 10 individuals develop a cyst of the kidney as they age. It does not pose any problem and is of … Continue reading

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I have an anechoic cystic lesion on my right kidney measuring at 5.3cm x 4.1cm x 4.3 cm. Should I be concerned about this as my doctor only wants to monitor it?

Cysts of the kidney are most commonly evaluated by a radiologist or a urologist.  If this is a simple cyst and has been seen and evaluated with an ultrasound examination, the radiologist or the urologist can examine the findings and … Continue reading

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