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Can kidney cyst compromise my immune system?

Can kidney cyst compromise my immune system?

No.: One person in four has a simple kidney cyst. Ignore it. I wish all the questions here were this easy! thanks for writing. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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How does polycystic kidneys affect the immune system?

How does polycystic kidneys affect the immune system?

Not sure: Adult polycystic kidney disease(numerous cysts form in both kidneys. It is a autosomal dominant genetic disease, meaning you inherit it from your parents.Can cause cysts in the liver and pancreas, aneurysms in the brain which can cause stroke.Urinary tract infections, blood in urine, high blood pressure kidney stones, renal failure, bowel diverticula can occur. No definite immune issues are related. ...Read more

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What causes Bartholin's cyst? Can decreased immune system cause?

What causes Bartholin's cyst? Can decreased immune system cause?

Bartholin's cyst: Bartholin's cyst is an abscess formation when the small opening (duct) of one of the bartholin's glands (on each side of the vaginal opening) gets blocked with fluid accumulation and subsequently becomes inflamed and infected. Decreased immune response may precipitate recurrence of this problem. ...Read more

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How can kidney disease affect the immune system?

How can  kidney disease affect the immune system?

Plenty of reasons: If your kidneys are losing protein in your urine (proteinuria), this can affect the production of antibodies to fight infections. If your kidney disease is a result of uncontrolled diabetes, elevated blood sugars can lower the immune response to infections. Finally, if one is on dialysis, great care must be taken to keep the dialysis site sterile as this is often a source of infections. ...Read more

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How does kidney disease actually affect the immune system?

How does kidney disease actually affect the immune system?

Lowers immunity : Kidney diseases usually lowers someone's immunity as evidenced by the high risk of these patients to develop infections ( pneumonia, urine infection etc) and their lack to respond appropriately to vaccinations ( hepatitis ....). ...Read more

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What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

Single kidney: Loss of one kidney should have no effect on bodily functions. You can live a normal life with one kidney. The one exception would be of you had faling kidneys. In that situation every bit of healthy kidney tissue is needed to maintain kidney functions, so loss of an entire kidney could have a significant consequence. Fatigue and even immune dysfunction could occur with more severe kidney failure. ...Read more

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Can the body's immune system fight off a kidney infection? Just curious.

Can the body's immune system fight off a kidney infection? Just curious.

Need clarification: If you're talking about pyelonephritis, an actual kidney infection, then antibiotic use is absolutely essential to management. If you're talking about a urinary tract infection like what most people get, then it depends. Asymptomatic women don't need to be treated but asymptomatic men should. Both symptomatic men and women should get treated. ...Read more

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Does low kidney function cause low immune system with low WBC and platelets? Or would it be the other way around?

Does low kidney function  cause low immune system with low WBC and platelets? Or would it be the other way around?

Kidney: Depends on how poorly the kidney function is. It can lead to anemia and sometimes low platelet count. Sounds like you have more going on and should continue seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been quite ill recently, all different gastro bug, ovarian cysts and now lost voice and fever. Could it be stress be attacking my immune system ?

I've been quite ill recently, all different gastro bug, ovarian cysts and now lost voice and fever. Could it be stress be attacking my immune system ?

It's Possible: It is possible but you also describe some varying and very real medical conditions of which can all contribute to a suppression of your immune system. ...Read more

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Mystery diagnosis... Recurrent liver/kidney function test abnormalities, weak immune system, fatigue, joint pain; but neg rf test... What's up w/me?!

Mystery diagnosis... Recurrent liver/kidney function test abnormalities, weak immune system, fatigue, joint pain; but neg rf test... What's up w/me?!

Could be ...: The negative rheumatoid factor does not completely exclude rheumatoid arthritis but given the tests and symptoms you mention, it could be lupus erythematosus. You need to see a rheumatologist. Joint pain at your age is not "normal" and the liver and kidney abnormalities could be related. ...Read more

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What is done to improve the immune system of a cystic fibrosis patient?

What is done to improve the immune system of a cystic fibrosis patient?

Cystic fibrosis: CF is a genetic defect and at this time, it cannot be repaired. Companies such as sangamo pharmaceuticals are working on cures for mono-genetic diseases, and maybe someday a cure could become available. ...Read more

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Will a complex kidney cyst go away on its own?

Surveillance: Complex kidney cyst should be followed by serial ultrasounds.Most of the cysts remain unchanged, however some may either increase or decrease in size. Complex cysts must be followed by serial imaging. ...Read more

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Complex kidney cyst on right kidney. How would this be removed?

Complex kidney cyst on right kidney. How would this be removed?

? size, ? location: Can possibly removed by robot assisted surgery if robot available & surgeon is robot trained. Might be candidate for hand assisted laparoscopic surgery or laparoscopically depending upon size & location. Could also be removed by open flank or transabdominal surgery. Discuss with your urologist & don't be shy about getting second opinion if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a kidney cyst burst? Is this common and what happens if it does?

Can a kidney cyst burst? Is this common and what happens if it does?

Kidney cyst: It is very rare for a kidney cyst to rupture. The only cysts that can rupture of those who have large cysts from Adult Polycystic Kidney disease. When these cysts rupture , it is usually bleeds ...Read more

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Complex kidney cyst biopsy can be deadly?

Complex kidney cyst biopsy can be deadly?

Stop worrying: The worst that can happen is some heavy-duty bleeding and a trip to the operating room. A fraction of a percent of kidney biopsies are followed by this adventure, but i'd be much more worried about not having a tissue diagnosis on that cyst. ...Read more

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I had a kidney cyst, do I need to go to er?

I had a kidney cyst, do I need to go to er?

No.: Follow up with your primary care physician. Only go to the er if you have an acute issue that needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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What are the signs that complex kidney cyst is cancer?

What are the signs that complex kidney cyst is cancer?

Multiple features: Complex cysts, vs. Simple cysts, share common walls with other cysts, have solid components in the walls, or calcifications. The radiologist will opine if features look suspicious and either recommend a repeat ultrasound in 6 months, or a ct to further clarify. ...Read more

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What dangers do a growing, benign kidney cyst present? Could removal cause a stone? Currently at 2.3cm (as of March 2014)

What dangers do a growing,  benign kidney cyst present? Could removal cause a stone? Currently at 2.3cm (as of March 2014)

Few: assuming that a qualified radiologist or urologist has determined that you have a simple renal cyst, there is certainly no need to treat this surgically. Simple cysts are not associated with renal cancer or renal stones. Cysts that do not meet the criteria of a simple cyst need observation but rarely intervention. ...Read more

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Child is having MRI to evaluate 1cm complex kidney cyst. Soonest appt is a month from now. What is the risk of waiting this long? Could it grow?

Child is having MRI to evaluate 1cm complex kidney cyst. Soonest appt is a month from now. What is the risk of waiting this long? Could it grow?

Minimal: If the child is asymptomatic and this was an incidental finding then it is unlikely going to progress fast. It also depends on age of child and any other risk factors. If it were my child I would not be concerned about waiting a month if he was otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Kidney Cyst (Definition)

Kidney cysts are fluid filled sacs that form in the kidney. Most are simple cysts and harmless. Some may ...Read more