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Understanding Renal Cysts

Are you dealing with kidney cysts? Here’s what you should know about this problem.

We can develop cysts (harmless fluid-filled growths) on just about any part of the body including the kidneys. While some people may develop benign kidney cysts (known as “simple kidney cysts”) sometimes these cysts can be indicative of a condition or disorder that can affect how the kidneys function. From understanding the symptoms of renal cysts to your treatment options, our El Paso, TX, nephrologists want you to understand more about renal cysts and how to address this problem. Contact Kidney Consultants of El Paso today.

Will I know that I have a renal cyst? 

It is possible to have cysts on the kidneys and not even know it. In fact, most benign or “simple” cysts won’t cause symptoms. However, if cysts grow too large then you may start to experience:

  • Upper stomach pain
  • Mild fever
  • Minor, aching pain in the back
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain while urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Changes in urine output (trouble urinating)

Who develops renal cysts? 

While anyone can develop simple renal cysts, men and older adults are more at risk for this problem. Since you may not even realize that you have them, these cysts may only be detected during an imaging test that we perform for other issues you may be dealing with such as blood in the urine or kidney/back pain.

How are renal cysts treated? 

If you are dealing with simple renal cysts that aren’t causing you issues then treatment usually is not necessary; however, your doctor may recommend coming in once a year to monitor the cysts to make sure there aren’t any further issues. This is important because if the cysts become too enlarged, they can block urine flow. If you are experiencing symptoms such as pain with urinating or changes in urine output then our El Paso, TX, kidney specialists may recommend sclerotherapy or surgery to remove or drain the cyst.

Sclerotherapy is a simple and minimally invasive procedure in which ultrasound technology helps our doctors to guide a needle into the cyst to drain it. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia right here in our office, where you can go home the very same day.

In some cases, especially if the cyst is large, you may require surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that makes it possible to remove or drain the cyst through a much smaller incision made in the skin. This is an inpatient procedure, which requires you to stay at the hospital overnight.

Kidney Consultants of El Paso makes it easy to get the care you need, with two offices in El Paso, TX. To schedule a consultation with one of our renal specialists, call our office at (915) 544-7767.

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