Category Archives: Kidney Cysts

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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If I have 7-8 cm. cyst of kidney – which is the next action doctor?

The next decision is to determine if this is a simple cyst or a complex cyst. The radiologist who read the study should be able to tell whether this is a complex cyst or a simple cyst. In some cases, … Continue reading

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Hello Doctor, recently I had an ultra sound not meant to look at my kidneys. However, the ultrasound tech must have detected something and checked my kidneys. It was painful where she placed it in-between my ribs and my results showed I have cysts on both of my kidneys. I am not sure if I should follow up as I have cysts on other organs as well. If I did want to do a follow up, where do I go to see a doctor that specializes in this?

I would first ask your primary care physician (PCP) for advice about these ultrasound findings. About 40% of individuals develop benign cysts on their kidneys as they age. Hence, it is most important to see if your PCP can determine … Continue reading

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I was found to have a 6.8 x 5.6 x 4.7 cm lower pole septated cyst. What are the chances this is a concern for AKA cancer? I’m 58 in good health. The cyst was 1.6 cm in 2009.

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and do not deal with cancers of the kidney.  In the case of the septated cyst that you mention, the radiologist should describe the cyst using the … Continue reading

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I am currently 24 weeks pregnant. My baby has been diagnosed with BMCDK. I am looking for a doctor who is willing to offer amnioinfusions and provide care with a result not ending in death of the fetus. If you can provide recommendations that would be amazing.

I will assume that the acronym BMCDK stands for Bilateral Medullary Cystic Dysplastic Kidneys.  This is a congenital disorder where both kidney are usually small, full of cysts and generally are not functional.  I am unaware of anyone performing such … Continue reading

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I was recently diagnosed with Bosniak 2 complicated cysts with 2 simple cysts on left kidney. During ultrasound, left kidney size measured 7.9cm, right was 8.4. I’m 5’2″ weigh 130. My normal weight is 110 but gained 20lbs from steroids. I urinate often, never had uti, history of kidney stones, treated with lithotripsy. I am not a diabetic. Last creatinine was 1.1. My question, is the kidney size normal? IF not, what are some possible diagnoses? I do have an upcoming appt with urologist.

I am not an expert in kidney cysts.  This is usually the expertise of a urologist. I am a nephrologist.  The size of your kidneys should be in proportion to your body size.  I am unable to comment on your … Continue reading

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My MRI results are paraspial soft tissues demonstrate partial hemorrhage left renal cyst measuring at least 7 cm. What does this mean and could it be something bad?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis without knowing your complete history, performing a complete examination and reviewing the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results.  I suggest that you review the results with your physician or perhaps consult with a … Continue reading

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I´m a female, living in Sweden and is 59 years old. I was diagnosed with renal pelvis TCC, PT2a, grade 3, 8 years ago. I had my left kidney removed and have gone for follow ups since then. When the cancer was discovered I was told that I had a 3 cm cyst in the right kidney. After that the cyst has grown to be 7.5 cm and I have had several infection in the kidney. I’m worried about the growing cyst and the infections in my only kidney and wanted to do something to prevent a acute situation. I took it up with a doctor who wanted me to go to a urologist at the hospital. I have now got the answer from the urologist at the hospital that they think its a normal kidney with no pathological problem. My question is- Is a single kidney with a 7.5 cm cyst in it consider to be a normal kidney? I was worried before and now I feel very worried with this answer.

The question that you ask is a urological question and best answered by a urologist, who is a surgeon. I am a nephrologist and do not have expertise in this area.  I suggest you continue to consult with the urologist. … Continue reading

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