Kidney Mass

Kidney Mass
A kidney mass can grow in or on the kidney and be renal cell carcinoma or a benign cyst. [more]

Kidney Mass Symptoms

Kidney Mass Symptoms
Kidney mass symptoms include microscopic hematuria, gross hematuria and cloudy urine. [more]

Kidney Mass Surgery

Kidney Mass Surgery
Kidney mass surgery using the robotic da Vinci surgery is available at Urology Specialists.[more]

Kidney Mass

Kidney mass is the term used to describe a group of cells that have abnormally formed together on or in the kidney. Under normal circumstances, kidney cells grow and divide to form new cells that replace old or dead ones. However, sometimes cells form when the body doesn’t need new ones, or old cells that should die, continue to live. A kidney mass of tissue, commonly referred to as a kidney growth, kidney cyst, or kidney tumor, can develop from these extra cells.

Kidney mass can be benign or malignant. Kidney cysts that are benign are not cancerous and do not cause a life threatening condition. They can be filled with kidney fluid or, in the case of kidney angiomyolipoma, the cysts contain fat, vascular tissue, and muscle tissue. If removed, they rarely grow back, and a benign kidney mass does not spread to other areas of the body.

A malignant kidney mass (renal cell carcinoma), however, is more serious and can be life threatening. Sometimes even after kidney surgery and kidney tumors are removed they can grow back. Malignant cells can enter the bloodstream or invade lymph nodes and form tumors in other organs. If a malignant kidney tumor metastasizes, or spreads throughout other areas of the body, other tissues and organs can become damaged or stop functioning normally. Da Vinci surgery is available with our surgeons at Urology Specialists to remove the tumor from the kidney in a procedure called partial nephrectomy.

Some patients develop more than one cyst on the kidneys. A severe cystic kidney can indicate a condition called polycystic kidney disease, which is a genetic disorder that causes several kidney cysts to form in the kidneys. Cysts of liver, kidney enlargement, and kidney lesions can also develop from polycystic kidney disease. Patients suspecting they have kidney cysts should see a doctor right away because kidney cyst symptoms can mimic symptoms of other conditions, including kidney disease symptoms and kidney failure symptoms.

Kidney mass detection and proper kidney diagnosis is very important. If you are suffering from a kidney problem, you may experience kidney pain, blood in urine called microscopic hematuria or gross hematuria, or urinary retention. These abnormal urinary symptoms could indicate the presence of a benign kidney mass or a mass caused from renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer among adults. On the other hand, the symptoms may signal other conditions, such as a kidney infection, kidney enlargement, or kidney calcification, which leads to kidney stones. Kidney stones are not composed of cells, but of minerals that crystalize and build up. Kidney stones treatment is available in our world class comprehensive urology center. It is vital for a patient to be evaluated as soon any symptoms arise. The doctors at Urology Specialists will conduct a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis of your condition. We will address all of your concerns and offer you all the available options to treat your condition.

Kidney mass symptoms are similar to prostate symptoms and bladder symptoms which make it imperative to get it properly diagnosed. If symptoms are self-diagnosed or left undiagnosed major complications can occur in the near future. If cancer bladder tumors are removed early the cancer can be contained and the bladder will be left intact. However if microscopic hematuria is thought of as coming from a UTI, or kidney stone, but in fact is bladder cancer, that then spreads because it was not properly diagnosed, then a bladder surgery called a cystectomy to remove the bladder may need to be performed. Similarly prostate cancer surgery such as an open radical prostatectomy, da Vinci prostatectomy, prostate cryosurgery or prostate radiation may not be enough if the urinary symptoms are not properly diagnosed in time. Men should have an annual prostate exam so that if needed the prostate surgery is sufficient. So whether you have a kidney mass, bladder mass, an enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, or urinary infection the symptoms are similar and only a professional urology specialist will have the diagnostic tools to give you the correct diagnosis.


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