• Are tumors on the kidney often mistaken for cysts?

    Asked by buckhunter on Monday, May 13, 2013

    Are tumors on the kidney often mistaken for cysts?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      I would think that it happens often given the type of scan used to detect them. CTs, Ultrasounds can give you an anatomical picture but not the metabolism of a lesion. For that usually nuclear med is involved. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Great question - it depends on what test they perform, most of them are fairly accurate, but a sonogram is more likely to find 'cysts" then a Abdominal CT w/contrast, and a MRI w/contrast is the most accurate. Though to be honest many times they will not know for sure what they are dealing with unless they perform a biopsy.

      over 3 years ago

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