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.
The evaluation begins with a detailed history and physical examination and may include the following:
- Urine cytology
- CT scan
- Urine culture & sensitivity
- Renal ultrasound
- MRI scan
- Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
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)
The treatment of a kidney mass will depend on the diagnosis and will be individualized for each patient.