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Does a CT scan that shows dialation in one of the kidneys mean cancer?

Does a CT scan that shows dialation in one of the kidneys mean cancer?

Not necessarily: Dilation is a reflection of obstruction which may be due to a cancer or a benign tumor/polyp, a small stone, or a scarring of ureter. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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My husband just had a CT scan that showed dilation in one of his kidneys. Does this mean blockage?

My husband just had a CT scan that showed dilation in one of his kidneys. Does this mean blockage?

Yes: A dilated ureter is the sign of blockage. This can be from anatomic problems, a kidney stone, enlarged prostate or anything pressing on or filing the inside of the tube leading away from the kidney. This needs evaluation by a urologist, the specialist best equipped to investigate this finding. ...Read more

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I have well defined exophytic mass in left kidney as per CT scan report. What does that mean? Is it cancer of the kidney?

I have well defined exophytic mass in left kidney as per CT scan report. What does that mean? Is it cancer of the kidney?

Possibly.: If the mass is solid this is one of the possibilities. The ct scan should indicate if it is solid, cystic, or a combination of the two. The size should also be given as well as an opinion regarding what this mass represents. Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had kidney cancer and now have pain in my right hip area and going down the right side of my bottom CT scan show a lesion in the right medial ilium?

I had kidney cancer  and now have pain in my right hip area and going down the right side of my bottom CT scan show a lesion in the right medial ilium?

Further testing: More detailed imaging may be helpful and possibly a biopsy of the area to determine the exact cause of pain. In cases of isolated bony metastasis, focused radiation therapy can provide significant relief from pain. Other therapies may be available as well depending on your particular situation, but it is certainly possible that'll none of this is cancer related. Good luck and keep in touch! ...Read more

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Could bladder cancer show up on CT scan done for kidney stones? Came back clear.Also had l-spine xray that was clear for any abnormalities.

Could bladder cancer show up on CT scan done for kidney stones? Came back clear.Also had l-spine xray that was clear for any abnormalities.

Bladder cancer: Bladder cancer typically cannot be detected reliably by any means other than cystoscopy. The indications for cystoscopy mainly are related to blood in the urine in people at risk. ...Read more

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I had a cat scan done of my kidneys & bladder can a car scan show cancer and or masses formed ?

I had a cat scan done of my kidneys & bladder can a car scan show cancer and or masses formed ?

Yes: A CT scan is an excellent way of assessing the kidney for tumors, abscesses and other issues. A blockage of the ureter also will be evident, as can occur with a stone or tumor. The bladder, if normal on CT, could still have non-invasive cancer that does not distort the bladder wall. A cystoscopy where the urologist looks into the bladder with a scope via the urethra is needed to be sure. ...Read more

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How can a CT scan tell if you have a kidney stone or cancer or something else?

It shows the kidney: The ct scan that is typically done to look for kidney stones is done without any intravenous contrast. Almost all stones show up easily on ct scan. Renal masses typically show on a non-contrasted ct but they may not be able to tell if it is a cancer or not. The ct also shows other organs in the abdomen and a mass or cancer may be visible on the study. ...Read more

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My dad had whipple surgery in dec 2011 and chemo till july 2012 the CT scan showed cancer grew back now kidneys are failing how long before he passes I saw him on sunday by tuesday because of pain the meds have him out of it and his wish was to die at hom

My dad had whipple surgery in dec 2011 and chemo till july 2012 the CT scan showed cancer grew back now kidneys are failing how long before he passes I saw him on sunday by tuesday because of pain the meds have him out of it and his wish was to die at hom

Respect his wishes: First my sympathy to all of your family.This is an unfortunate end stage of the disease and patient wishes has have to prevail. Your medical team will make every thing possible to make him comfortable.If his wish is to die at home , do not deny make it happen , he will have eternal peace. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more