Most kidney cysts (fluid filled mass) are classified as “simple” and are very common. They are generally benign, and found incidentally during an ultrasound, CT or other scan performed for some other reason. Most often these simple cysts can be left alone with no worries. Rarely, a simple kidney cyst can enlarge enough to cause pain, and these can be treated by needle drainage or more permanently with surgery (usually laparoscopy with small incisions.) Some kidney cysts are classified as “complicated” and might have more worrisome or malignant features that warrant more comprehensive exams and treatments including surgery. Very rare are multi-cystic and poly-cystic kidneys that can in worst cases cause kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplant.
Clair E. Cox, MD
Location and Office HoursUT Medical Group Department of Urology
Memphis, TN 38116
- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
- United Healthcare
- Baptist Rehabilitation Hospital Germantown
- Memphis VA Medical Center
- Methodist University Hospital
- Regional Medical Center at Memphis
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What is ischemic nephropathy?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Ischemic, which comes from the Greek word ischemia, means restriction of blood supply. Nephropathy is damage to the kidneys. Thus, ischemic nephropathy is dysfunction of the kidneys due to compromised blood flow in the arteries.
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May Wakamatsu, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredAn estimated 40% of women who give birth vaginally go on to develop one or more of the problems collectively known as pelvic floor disorders. These include stress incontinence, overactive bladder, uterine prolapse (in which the uterus drops out of its normal position), cystocele (in which the bladder bulges into the vagina), rectocele (in which the rectum bulges into the vagina), and fecal incontinence. These disorders often grow worse over time, requiring surgical repair in at least 11% of women over all.
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