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What Does A Mass On Your Kidney Mean
Many things: It could something as simple as a benign cyst, blood vessel malformation (hemagioma), other benign tumors (such as adenoma, nodular hyperplasia) or something as bad as a cancer (which could represent a metastasis or a primary liver cancer). You need more details, and preferably a ct scan or MRI with contrast for better information. ...Read more
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
See below: This depends on what cyst and in what organ. Usually, though, a heterogenous area in a cyst may mean a solid nodule component, an area of debris containing proteinaceous or hemorrhagic materials, or septations. This is a nonspecific description and more information would be helpful. ...Read more
Renal Diet: Wastes in the blood come from food and liquids that are consumed. People with kidney disease must adhere to a kidney diet to cut down on the amount of waste in their blood. Following a kidney diet may also bolster kidney function and delay total kidney failure.A kidney diet is one that is low in sodium, phosphorous and protein.Every person is different, a dietician will work with each patient. ...Read more
Fluid filled sac.: Cysts are fluid filled sacs that can be seen in many organs, such as the liver, kidney and even in bones. True cysts are always benign and should be left alone if they are not causing symptoms. ...Read more
Kidney shadow: You need to ask the physician (p) who ordered the test this question. I do not know what test was ordered or why it ordered. Speak to the p who ordered the test for an answer to your question as the p knows the patient the best and can give a meaningful differential diagnosis. ...Read more
On the UNOS computer: In the US, organs are "allocated" through a computerized system. Only patients actively on the UNOS computer have access to organs. All donors are entered into the computer too. Based on factors that are specific for each organ such as waiting time, ABO blood type, geographic location, Pt size, closeness of matching of HLA type, etc. A "list" is generated for each organ for each donor. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Hypoechoic: Not likely but let your kidney specialist examine you and decide whether to give you more or less medications. If that is not helping you will be referred to a non- kidney specialist for further work up and management. Please keep me informed. ...Read more
On a chest xray,: The lungs are usually clear. A shadow (really an area of increased density compared to the air filled lung) can be 1 of 5 things. Fluid (water) - pleural effusion being the most common. Blood - from hemorrhage pus/infection, generally pneumonia, but lung abscess is possible cells - cancer and other tumors, some of which are benign (ex. Hamartoma) atelectasis - collapsed lung segment(s). ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible obstruction: Bladder outflow obstruction from tight bladder neck, prostatic enlargement (benign or malignant, urethral valves or urethral stricture (narrowing) can all cause bladder thickening. So can voiding dysfunction (failure to relax pelvic floor muscles during voiding. Also bladder infection or neurogenic bladder dysfunction. ...Read more
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