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What is a renal cortical cyst?

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Dr. Elie El-Charabaty
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Could be normal

Cysts in the kidneys could be a normal finding if they are simple and one or 2 in number. They may be a sign if a disease called poly cystic kidney disease if they are numerous and bilateral depending on age and if there is family history.
Cysts occur with aging and usually if someone is on dialysis they may have cysts.

In brief: Could be normal

Cysts in the kidneys could be a normal finding if they are simple and one or 2 in number. They may be a sign if a disease called poly cystic kidney disease if they are numerous and bilateral depending on age and if there is family history.
Cysts occur with aging and usually if someone is on dialysis they may have cysts.
Dr. Elie El-Charabaty
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Dr. Michael Yu
Urology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Common

Renal cortical cysts fall into 2 categories: simple and complex.
A simple cyst usually requires no further treatment and are fairly common. They may require drainage or removal if they grow too large. A complex cyst requires close follow-up and possible treatment, as some may represent a cystic form of kidney cancer. Talk to your doctor or see a urologist for further evaluation.

In brief: Common

Renal cortical cysts fall into 2 categories: simple and complex.
A simple cyst usually requires no further treatment and are fairly common. They may require drainage or removal if they grow too large. A complex cyst requires close follow-up and possible treatment, as some may represent a cystic form of kidney cancer. Talk to your doctor or see a urologist for further evaluation.
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