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Kidney Diseases

Renal Cortical Cysts



Is there a health risk if diagnosed with renal cortical cyst? Do I need to undergo surgery to remove it?


Just because you have a renal cyst does not mean it must be removed. Cysts increase in the general population as we age. Rarely a cyst can cause pain, bleeding or infection. What you need to know is how the cyst is described by the radiologist. If it is a simple cyst and you are not having any symptoms as noted above, then there is no concern. If it is a complex cyst then it may need to be monitored or removed, as complex cysts can sometimes undergo a malignant transformation.

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Thomas   Zipp, MD Thomas Zipp, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University