Kidney cysts are pouches of tissue. Within the wall of the tissue, a circular, fluid filled pocket is formed. These types of cysts are commonly known as simple cysts, and are generally harmless and not known to cause major complications for the kidneys.
Kidney cysts are not usually inherited, but mainly found on weakened kidneys.
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Simple kidney cysts are generally benign and are not known to cause symptoms. As a result, the majority of kidney cysts cause little to no pain. Possible symptoms that can occur are:
Complications can occur after the development of kidney cysts. These include:
Kidney cysts sometimes do not require treatment. When treatment is needed, you will see a urologist (a doctor specializing in conditions of the urinary tract). Some possible treatments include, laparoscopic surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery is a diagnostic operation aided by a small camera and incisions in the abdominal cavity to help surgeons examine bodily organs. Many patients are candidates for the surgery. However, a major disqualifier would be patients with excessive scar tissue. The surgery is minimally invasive and offers a faster recovery time when compared to traditional surgery. With this method, the cyst can be removed.
Other types of treatment include:
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