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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Board Certified, Radiology
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What does echogenic nodule in kidney mean?

Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Board Certified, Radiology
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What does echogenic nodule in kidney mean?

Not a CYST: A nodule in the kidney represents a mass which needs to be evaluated. If it is a simple cyst then it can be assumed to be benign. An echogenic nodule is something other than a simple cyst and usually means it is solid and requires further evaluation, usually by ct. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Luntz
Board Certified, Urology
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Experiencing renal colic ~ 7 mo including 1 episode tht required ED visit. Dr ordered US Radiologist describes "a 1.3cm hyperechoic nodule" in kidney. Does this mean it's not a stone? Have history of KS.

Dr. Robert Luntz
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Experiencing renal colic ~ 7 mo including 1 episode tht required ED visit. Dr ordered US Radiologist describes "a 1.3cm hyperechoic nodule" in kidney. Does this mean it's not a stone? Have history of KS.

Kidney stone: It is unclear what this finding represents. If it is "non shadowing" meaning that the souls wave energy used to produce a sonogram image penetrates the lesion, it is often not a stone but a benign mass called an angiomyolipoma or AML. If it shadows, it is likely a stone. An X-ray (KUB) or a CT scan can help determine the nature of this finding. If it is a 1.2 cm stone it needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Le Wang
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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What does it mean to have a nodule in your kidney? It is two cm.

Dr. Le Wang
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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What does it  mean to have a nodule in your kidney? It is two cm.

Kidney nodule/mass: A dedicated kidney CT or MRI can be used if not done before to determine if it is a simple cyst (benign) or complex cyst or solid. Statistically, the later two have increased risk of being renal cell cancer even in 2cm size. If it is a simple cyst, no need for further work-up. If it is a complex cystic lesion or a solid contrast enhanced nodule, then see urologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Casey Ng
Board Certified, Urology
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Nodules around the kidney. What could it signify?

Dr. Casey Ng
Board Certified, Urology
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Nodules around the kidney. What could it signify?

it depends...: Nodules around the kidney could either be solid masses or cysts. Further imaging studies, like a ct scan, would be needed to fully investigate what these "nodules" are. ...Read more

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Could a slow growing nodule on my kidney be cancer? It has been slowly growing for the past 6 years. Should I have it removed? Only 2.6 CM now

Dr. Liawaty Ho
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Could a slow growing nodule on my kidney be cancer? It has been slowly growing for the past 6 years. Should I have it removed? Only 2.6 CM now

Depends: Slow growing nodule over several years period- is obviously less worrisome than something that grows rapidly over months. That makes it less urgent for doing something like surgery. Continued observation would be a valid option as well-so long as you are monitored regularly with sonogram for instance. I suggest you to discuss this matter with your doctor - surveillance vs. More agressive approach. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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Any statistics relating to the relative frequency of benign kidney nodules vs. cancerous kidney tumors? I have a 'nodule' - seeing urologist next wk

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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Any statistics relating to the relative frequency of benign kidney nodules vs. cancerous kidney tumors?  I have a 'nodule'  - seeing urologist next wk

It's moot: You either have cancer or you don't. We're going to find out. The radiologist can second-guess; even I can spot the obviously-benign and obviously-malignant ones. So sharing a number would be meaningless, since I don't know what yours looks like. What I can share is that a good majority of those picked up incidentally are very curable if managed appropriate and on time. A week's delay is okay. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean Williamson
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Is a nodule in your kidney always kidney cancer? My sister has a small nodule in her kidney. Does this mean she has cancer?

Dr. Sean Williamson
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Is a nodule in your kidney always kidney cancer? My sister has a small nodule in her kidney. Does this mean she has cancer?

Not always: In addition to kidney cancer, there are a few types of benign (noncancerous) tumors that form a solid nodule in the kidney, such as angiomyolipoma or oncocytoma. Angiomyolipoma can often be diagnosed by imaging since it usually contains fat. ...Read more

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Dr. Shin Beh
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Dr. John Wigneswaran
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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On ultrasound if ther is a cyst with a solid nodule in mid pole of kidney...what does that mean?

Dr. John Wigneswaran
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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On ultrasound if ther is a cyst with a solid nodule in mid pole of kidney...what does that mean?

Cysts: Having a cyst in the kidney can be a benign occurrence- many people develop a cyst or two later in life. However the answer to your question needs more info: size, how many, how old you are, other medical history, characteristics in the imaging scan. See a nephrologist or urologist to address this- don't wait. ...Read more

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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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