Being told you have cysts on your kidneys may leave you feeling a little alarmed. But in most cases, kidney cysts are harmless and require little treatment. In practice since 1978, the nephrology experts at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group can monitor your cysts and provide treatment as needed. If you live in San Antonio or the surrounding communities, call today.
Kidney cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on or in your kidneys. The cysts are noncancerous and may or may not cause symptoms or other health problems, depending on the type of cysts you have.
There are two types of kidney cysts:
Simple kidney cysts are the most common. These types of cysts usually don’t cause symptoms, unless they grow large, and then you might feel some abdominal or back pain or develop a fever. While simple kidney cysts are relatively harmless, they can sometimes affect kidney function.
PKD is a genetic condition passed down from your mother or father that causes multiple cysts to grow on your kidneys. Like simple kidney cysts, you may not experience any symptoms with PKD. But due to the nature of the disease, the multitude of cysts may impair kidney function and lead to:
If your simple kidney cysts aren’t causing any symptoms, the team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group may recommend a wait-and-see approach, monitoring your cysts and kidney function regularly.
If the cysts start to cause discomfort or affect how your kidneys work, the team might drain or surgically remove the cysts to improve your symptoms and kidney health.
The experienced team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group may initially recommend treatment to help manage your PKD symptoms, such as medication for pain and blood pressure and antibiotics as needed for treatment of infections. If you have kidney or urinary stones, the team provides diet education to help decrease your risk of stone formation.
If your PKD causes kidney failure, the team may recommend a kidney transplant or dialysis.
Whether simple cysts or PKD, the experts at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group can manage and treat your condition. Call the office today.