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Can kidney cysts become cancerous?

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Can kidney cysts become cancerous, and if so how are they treated?
Posted Wed, 17 Jul 2013 in Kidney Conditions
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 1 hour later

No, a kidney cyst cannot become cancerous as such. However, a renal cancer may co-exist with a kidney cyst.

Kidney cysts usually require surgical drainage. Of course, when there is renal cancer, it needs partial nephrectomy depending on the renal function status.

Ultimately, patients with kidney cysts require renal replacement therapies in the form of dialysis or renal transplant.

Let me know if you have more queries.


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