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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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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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I have pain and a elevated liver and my doctor thought i could have gallstones so sent me for an ultrasound. Could they spot anything else i.E bowel cancer?

I have pain and a elevated liver and my doctor thought i could have gallstones so sent me for an ultrasound. Could they spot anything else i.E bowel cancer?

Not really: The ultrasound used to look at the gallbladder is limited to a small area. It can see the liver and sometimes pancreas or kidney. Seeing the inside of the bowel is not easy on many types of abdominal imaging, but ct probably would be better. Although ct is not very good at looking at the gallbladder. ...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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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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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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Chest CT scan as part of cancer screen.Showed a small spot at top of (or right above?) rt kidney!few of my drs r set on cancer somewhere, what could be

Chest CT scan as part of cancer screen.Showed a small spot at top of (or right above?) rt kidney!few of my drs r set on cancer somewhere, what could be

KIDNEY SPOT: The diagnosis truly depends on whether the spot is above or in the kidney. A ct of the abd. And pelvis may be nessesary to answer this and find the source. ...Read more

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A cancer blood marker test done, result is kidney not functioning great, &also potassium is high! also have spot above rt kidney on CT scan, .Possib?

A cancer blood marker test done, result is kidney not functioning great, &also potassium is high! also have spot above rt kidney on CT scan, .Possib?

Kidney cancer: There is no serum blood test to detect kidney cancer. In addition, patients with kidney cancer, depending on tumor location, usually have normal kidney function. The "spot" seen on ct was likely described by the radiologist with an impression of what that abnormality represents. You should discuss these findings with the doctor who ordered the tests. ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound tell if spot in kidney is a tumor?

Can an ultrasound tell if spot in kidney is a tumor?

solid or cystic: Ultrasound can tell if a lesion in the kidney is solid or cystic. A simple, uncomplicated cyst is usually nothing to worry about, and therefore no further workup would be needed. However, an ultrasound cannot tell if a solid mass is benign or malignant, so if the lesion is solid, further evaluation would be necessary. ...Read more

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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


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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


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