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Can you explain what a hypoechoic lesion is?

05/01/2008

Question:

I have had an ultrasound and it showed a hypoechoic lesion in the mid pole on my left kidney. It`s 1.9 cm. What is this telling me and what test should I have next to see what it is?

Answer:

It suggests there is a cyst located there. The next test is a dedicated renal mass protocol CT scan of that kidney. In that manner, the cyst can be categorized as a Bosniak 1-5 cyst and the future risk for developing kidney cancer quantitated (from 0-80%).

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Response by:

Thomas  Olencki, DO Thomas Olencki, DO
Clinical Professor of Medical Oncology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University