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Do you have a kidney cyst ? Do you know what kind ? Is simple cyst worrisome?

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As people age, simple kidney cysts tend to grow bigger and grow in number. However, simple kidney cysts usually don’t cause symptoms or additional health problems.

In rare cases, simple kidney cysts can become large enough to

How do we diagnose simple kidney cysts?

Simple kidney cysts usually don’t cause symptoms, theyare  often found when they are performing an imaging test for another reason. We use imaging tests and lab tests to rule out other, more serious problems, including some kidney cancers. If you are diagnosed with a simple kidney cyst, you usually don’t need further testing or treatment.

Imaging tests

Ultrasound. An abdominal ultrasound can find simple kidney cysts by creating images of your kidneys. 

CT scan. CT scans can show cysts and tumors in the kidneys. 

MRI. Like CT scans, an MRI can show cysts and tumors but provides more detailed pictures.

Lab tests

urine and blood tests are done to check kidney function


How do we treat the complications of simple kidney cysts?

We usually don’t treat simple kidney cysts that aren’t causing symptoms. However, you may be asked to have regular ultrasounds to watch your simple kidney cysts for signs of change or problems.

 Simple kidney cysts that cause symptoms, such as pain, or that block the flow of blood or urine. Some studies suggest that draining or removing the cysts may help with high blood pressure related to simple kidney cysts.

Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is used to drain cysts. Using ultrasound as a guide, a health care professional inserts a long needle through your skin and into the cyst. The health care professional drains the cyst and injects an alcohol solution. The solution hardens the area inside the cyst so it’s less likely to fill with fluid again. This procedure is usually performed at an outpatient center using local anesthesia.

Surgery. If a cyst is large, you may need laproscopic  surgery. The surgeon drains the cyst and then removes or burns away its outer tissue. For this procedure, you may need general anesthesia in a hospital. You may need to stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 days.

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment for diagnosis and management of kidney cysts. 

You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today.


Dr. Sowmya Puthalapattu Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, or Dr. Sowmya as she’s known to patients, is an experienced board-certified nephrologist and internal medicine physician at Kingwood Kidney Associates, with offices in Kingwood and The Woodlands, Texas. Dedicated to providing her patients with comprehensive individualized care, Dr. Puthalapattu believes in the importance of active listening and having an open and creative clinical mind to provide the right care to meet her patients’ needs. She is faculty and Subspeciality education coordinator for Nephrology at IM GME program HCA Kingwood . Her areas of specialty include chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, hyponatremia, and high blood pressure. A resident of The Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Puthalapattu spends her free time with her husband and two children. Her favorite activities include hiking and traveling.

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