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Ultrasound found a spot on kidney could it be cancer?

Ultrasound found a spot on kidney could it be cancer?

Yes: Ultrasound is a very good initial screening test for the kidneys.It can help identify kidney stones, obstruction of the kidneys, and tumors. If the ultrasound is questionable or clearly abnormal, a more specific imaging study is required such as a ct scan or MRI of the kidneys for further evaluation. Lesions seen ultrasound do not necessarily indicate cancer but further testing is warranted. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

The sonogram is a test that looks at body organs with no radiation. It uses sound waves and can give us a 2 dimensional view of organs such as the kidney, liver, heart, and lungs. It can define spaces that are either solid or full of fluid. I can also guide large needles into an organ or near the spine, and can help define the area being cut open. Its a ...Read more


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31 yo husband bp uncontrolled did a 24 hr urine and kidney ultrasound (abnormality found) family hx of kidney cancer, poss cancer with abnormality?

31 yo husband bp uncontrolled did a 24 hr urine and kidney ultrasound (abnormality found) family hx of kidney cancer, poss cancer with abnormality?

Need further testing: If indeed a possible kidney mass was found on ultrasound, a CT scan (renal mass protocol) needs to be done in follow-up to confirm the presence of a mass and also to get an idea if there are any abnormally enlarged lymph nodes or other abnormalities in other organs. This is because ultrasound is very limited in resolution. A look at the adrenal glands with CT to rule out mass is important also. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a kidney stone ultrasound also detect ovarian cancer?

Please tell me, could a kidney stone ultrasound also detect ovarian cancer?

Yes, but...: It is possible that a renal ultrasound might detect some findings associated with ovarian cancer but the cancer would have to be relatively advanced for such findings to be present. Ascites (fluid in the abdomen) soft tissue masses on the abdominal wall (peritoneal implants), and blockage of the kidneys may be seen. The ovaries themselves would not typically be studied. ...Read more

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30 yr old female. Had renal ultrasound for micro hematuria. Left ureter jet wasn't firing. Kidney blood test normal. Could this be cancer?

30 yr old female. Had renal ultrasound for micro hematuria. Left ureter jet wasn't firing. Kidney blood test normal. Could this be cancer?

Blood in urine: It is not likely that you have a cancer. I see you are taking anticoagulant meds. This can predispose to hematuria. Given the ultrasound finging of what could be slowed urine passage thru one ureter, coupled to microhematuria, I recommend further dialogue with your docs. An IVP or better, a CT-IVP is a valuable next test. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound differentiate fat ball or cancer in kidney for a female.My dr is not at all worried and suggested it is just fat ball?

Can ultrasound differentiate fat ball or cancer in kidney for a female.My dr is not at all worried and suggested it is just fat ball?

Speak to your: Doctor again , will give you answer , and assurance , if you are not satisfied , take a second opinion to satisfy your mind. ...Read more

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Ultrasound showed 2.4x1.3 cm hypoechoic nonvascular region in upper pole cortex of left kidney. Otherwise normal kidney. I'm freaking out. Cancer?

Ultrasound showed 2.4x1.3 cm hypoechoic nonvascular region in upper pole cortex of left kidney. Otherwise normal kidney. I'm freaking out. Cancer?

It can be benign: Cysts are common in the kidneys. So ask your doctor to confirm if it is cystic or solid structure. Cysts are benign fluid filled structures whic can be left alone. Solid lesions can be a tumor and may need to be removed. Repeat follow up in 6 months can be reassuring if there is no further increase in size. You may need to seen a Urologist to advice you further ...Read more

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How was my kidney cancer missed in ultrasound?

How was my kidney cancer missed in ultrasound?

difficult: Difficult to answer without seeing the images- but if the tumor was 'isoechoic' or the same echogenicity as the surrounding normal kidney, then it would not be seen with us. A ct or MRI (both with contrast) are both much more sensitive for detecting renal tumors. ...Read more

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I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

Mri: Mri can be another excellent imaging modality in these scenarios. If the renal mass is so small it's difficult to determine on ct then it is likely safe to follow with another ct in 6 - 12 months. But asking about MRI is one thought in the short term. ...Read more

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38 yr male, good shape, avid runner.Traces of blood in urine.Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

38 yr male, good shape, avid runner.Traces of blood in urine.Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

Not necessarily: Traces of blood in urine can result from many reasons, running and exercise is amongst few of the benign reasons, however it can be an early sign of cancer as well. A thorough investigation is mandatory for anyone with strong family history. One should consult the PCP right away and ideally should be evaluated by a Urologist. A kidney ultrasound is one of the many tests needed. ...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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more