Kidney Mass

West Georgia Urology often sees patients for an evaluation of a mass in the kidney. The mass is often discovered after an x-ray, CT scan or ultrasound has been performed for another condition or due to abnormal lab results.

Evaluation

The evaluation begins with a detailed history and physical examination and may include the following:

Causes

There are many causes for a mass in the kidney and may include the following:

  • Renal cyst (benign)
  • Anatomic variations
  • Infection of the kidney
  • Hydronephrosis or partial blockage of kidney
  • Kidney tumors (benign and malignant)

Treatment

The treatment of a kidney mass will depend on the diagnosis and will be individualized for each patient.