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How Can Kidney Cyst Be Diagnosed

Time:  2014-01-06 17:44

How Can Kidney Cyst Be Diagnosedkidney cyst is a kidney disease that patient will have cystic masses which do not have exchange with their surroundings. Kidney cyst is not like polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and it often just appears in one kidney. While how can kidney cyst be diagnosed?

In fact, there are several kinds of test should be taken in diagnosing kidney cyst.

Tests often be used:

1.Urine test: routine urine test is usually normal, but when patient has infection or when kidney cyst oppresses renal parenchyma, there may be red cells or white cells in patients urine.

2.Ultrasound: ultrasound can make sure the size and number in patient’s kidney, and it can identify kidney cyst from renal masses, so it is the first choice in diagnosing kidney cyst.

3.Radioisotope scan: scanning can revel the outline of masses, but it can not identify kidney cyst from tumour. But this method can identify whether there is blood vessel in the masses, and that can help identify them.

4.CT scan: for patients whose kidney cyst can not be made sure by ultrasound, CT scan will be a good choice. This method can identify kidney cyst from tumour. Besides, when kidney cysts have aggravation, the value of CT will increase, and it can also help identify this condition.

5.Puncture: by using puncture, the draw-out fluid can will be able to identify if the lumps are kidney cysts.


Kidney cyst will not cause obvious symptoms in its early stage, and when the size of kidney cyst has grown to bigger than 10cm, patient will have symptoms.

In fact, kidney cyst can be diagnosed by ultrasound, and when kidney cyst has aggravation, patient will need more checking method to make sure patient’s disease. Besides, this disease should be identified from renal carcinoma, hydronephrosis, PKD, etc.

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