Cysts in Kidney (When to Be Concerned)

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  1. If the kidney cysts change and get worse. For instance, the treatment is usually necessary if the size of the kidney cyst has been large enough to be potential to impair the kidney function or cause other problems.
  2. If the common symptoms of the condition such as pain in the upper back (side, flank area), high fever, or abdominal pain have occurred.
  3. If the condition has caused serious complications such as cyst infection and urine obstruction. For more guidance, talk with your doctor!

If you’re diagnosed with cysts in your kidney, gathering adequate information can help you feel more in control of your condition. During appointment with your doctor, it’s not bad idea to understand the problem by asking the following questions:

  1. How big is your cyst?
  2. Is it likely to grow and become bigger in size?
  3. Can it pose some health risks, especially for your kidney function?
  4. If you have any unusual symptom, tell your doctor to find out whether or not it is linked to your kidney cyst!
  5. Do you need to remove the cyst? Is the treatment necessary? If so what are treatment options you need to take? Ask also the potential risks of each treatment!
  6. If you’re recommended to choose watchful waiting, how often you should take imaging tests to keep monitoring the condition?! Ask also any sign and symptom of when your cyst is growing or changing!
  7. Should you visit a specialist?

And although there is no specific diet known to help prevent and treat kidney cysts, it’s not bad idea to ask your doctor whether there are any restrictions you need to follow!

What are the treatment options?

Cysts in the kidneys (including simple kidney cysts) that have cause symptoms, complications, or other problems should be concerned as well. If your doctor says that the treatment is now necessary, this may include:

  1. Sclerotherapy (a procedure to puncture, drain, and fill the cyst with alcohol). A thin, long needle is inserted through the skin to the cyst’s wall (guided by ultrasound). Then fluid is drained and removed from the cyst. Alcohol-containing solution is filled into the cyst afterwards in order to harden it and prevent it from reforming. This procedure usually uses a local anesthetic and you may not need to stay in hospital overnight.
  2. A large cyst may be not enough to be treated with sclerotherapy. For such case, surgery may be required. If you need to take surgery to remove the cyst, it may need a brief hospital stay.
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