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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Kidney Cyst (Overview)

Kidney cysts are fluid filled sacs that form in the kidney. Most are simple cysts and harmless. Some may interfere with kidney function.


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Kidney cyst cause hypokalemic periodic paralaysis? Also fluctuating hormones blood tests?

Kidney cyst cause hypokalemic periodic paralaysis? Also fluctuating hormones blood tests?

Probably not: Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HPP) is a rare condition caused by a gene mutation. A kidney cyst would not cause this, but may also be present. I don't believe kidney cysts are more common with this condition. HPP is very difficult to treat as the conditions that bring about hypokalemia are unpredictable and varied. I'm sorry, I don't understand your second sentence/question. Please resend. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
66 doctors shared insights

Kidney Cyst (Overview)

Kidney cysts are fluid filled sacs that form in the kidney. Most are simple cysts and harmless. Some may interfere with kidney function.


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Why would a dr. call a ~1cm kidney cyst a "simple cyst" even though it has septations? What I've read says septations mean complex?

Why would a dr. call a ~1cm kidney cyst a "simple cyst" even though it has septations? What I've read says septations mean complex?

Kidney Cyst: It is best to ask your doctor to contact the radiologist who read the study to explain his reading. He may even speak directly to you so that you may understand why it is a simple cyst. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Can a simple kidney cyst change to a complex malignant cyst?

Can a simple kidney cyst change to a complex malignant cyst?

No.: Simple cysts are common and at your age 1 or 2 found in your kidneys are not worrisome. A simple cyst is not cancerous but if injury to that cyst leads to small bleeding within it, it can look "complex", meaning it is not easily distinguished from something more concerning such as cancer. These cysts warrant closer monitoring. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have cyst in the left kidney what's treatment for it??

I have cyst in the left kidney what's treatment for it??

Usually nothing: Renal cysts are usually of no consequence. However, the doctor who ordered the test needs to confirm this. Simple renal cysts that cause no symptoms require no treatment. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Tip)

Managing Mild Kidney Failure

In ckd, you may need to combat anemia and shpt. See a nephrologist to help treat these diseases. ...See more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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How do you cure kidney cysts?

How do you cure kidney cysts?

We don't (usually): Most kidney cysts are benign (not harmful). No treatment is needed. For many cysts (polycystic kidney disease) they sometimes cause kidney failure. Not much we can do about that. There are medicines which have been suggested to reduce growth/size of cysts but these have not been proven to help long term health/kidney function. ...Read more

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I found out I have a 7cm cyst on my kidney, it' causes a lot of pain? What's the treatment to get rid of it?

I found out I have a 7cm cyst on my kidney, it' causes a lot of pain? What's the treatment to get rid of it?

Kidney cyst: Typically, a cyst on the kidney does not cause pain -- however, this needs to be fully evaluated by ultrasound and a referral to a urologist or nephrologist is recommended. ...Read more

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


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