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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Angiomyolipoma

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Recent us showed 1cm suspected angiomyolipoma, what causes them as scan 1 year ago showed it wasn't there?

Recent us showed 1cm suspected angiomyolipoma, what causes them as scan 1 year ago showed it wasn't there?

It depends: It really depends on where it is. The tumor you describe is a benign lesion. They can grow, and it is possible that you may never get another one. It should be evaluated by a surgeon. Have your doctor refer you to one. ...Read more

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Abdominal ultrasound: 13x8x8mm sharply marginated echogenic focus, left kidney, angiomyolipoma. Should this be any cause for concern?

Abdominal ultrasound: 13x8x8mm sharply  marginated echogenic focus, left kidney, angiomyolipoma.  Should this be any cause for concern?

Usually benign: Angiomyolipomas are the most common benign tumour of the kidney & are composed of blood vessels, smooth muscle cells and fat cells. They are strongly associated with the genetic disease tuberous sclerosis, in which most individuals will have several angiomyolipomas affecting both kidneys. Can sometimes ggrow large and affect kidney function or bleed- usually not a significant problem- see urology. ...Read more

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Ct with dye fnd spots in kidneys, radio thought they may be angiomyolipoma but cld not b sure. Also chronic changes in lung bases. Any cause 4 concern?

Ct with dye fnd spots in kidneys, radio thought they may be angiomyolipoma but cld not b sure. Also chronic changes in lung bases. Any cause 4 concern?

Angiomyolipoma Dx: The addition of MRI to rule out angiomyolipoma helps a little. It is also a good way to follow the lesion to see if it grows (no radiation and the dye is safer). Chronic lung changes in a 35 yo is nonspecific and needs clinical correlation. Some folks may do breathing tests if there are symptoms like shortness of breath, even if only for baseline. Everyone should quit smoking ASAP. ...Read more

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Worried about 2cm + angiomyolipoma. What if it isn't that?

Worried about 2cm + angiomyolipoma. What if it isn't that?

Benign hamartoma: angiomyilipoma is a benign hamartoma usually occurring in the kidney (but rarely in the liver). There is no malignant potential. They usually contain macroscopic fat which allows for a specific radiologic diagnosis. They can spontaneously bleed and some urologists will prophylactically remove them when they are large. For the most part, they cause no problems. ...Read more

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I have an angiomyolipoma should I be worried and what is it?

I have an angiomyolipoma should I be worried and what is it?

Benign: I am not a urologist or radiologist, but my understanding is that these are a benign lesion of the kidney that are seen incidentally on ct scan while possibly being evaluated for something else. They are generally left alone & cause no harm. ...Read more

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U/S 2day shows 1xkidney angiomyolipoma & 2xSmall GBpolyps (<4mm). Same U/S in March15 (I was 6 mos pg at time) no mention of these? R these new? Why?

U/S 2day shows 1xkidney angiomyolipoma & 2xSmall GBpolyps (<4mm). Same U/S in March15 (I was 6 mos pg at time) no mention of these? R these new? Why?

Yes: Angiomyolipoma is a fatty tumor benign in nature. A cyst is also benign and can arise as a new condition therefore may have not been seen on prior ultrasound six months earlier. These conditions need to be followed on periodic basis ...Read more

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What about an angiomyolipoma 4.4cmTS by 4.7cm CC by3.4cmAP?

What about an angiomyolipoma 4.4cmTS by 4.7cm CC by3.4cmAP?

Leave it alone: If your imaging specialist is confident it's an angiomyolipoma, and you don't have some special reason to have it out, leave it alone. ...Read more

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How safe is embolization for angiomyolipoma on kidney?

How safe is embolization for angiomyolipoma on kidney?

Depends on reason: Embolization is indicated for renal angiomyolipomas in the setting of bleeding from the tumors. In such cases, the procedure can be life-saving and can also help preserve kidney tissue (as opposed to taking the whole organ out). In skilled hands, it is considered to be relatively safe and necessary procedure. As with all vascular procedures, the major risk is bleeding from the site. ...Read more

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What is angiomyolipoma of the kidney? Is it treatable?

What is angiomyolipoma of the kidney? Is it treatable?

Benign tumor: This is a fairly common benign tumor. If the imaging specialist is certain of the diagnosis, it's perhaps best left alone. If you have more than one, or other signs, it's suggestive of tuberous sclerosis, a highly variable genetic illness. A big one may respond to some recently-devised medical management. ...Read more