When kidney lesions need treatment, that treatment needs to be performed by a doctor, according to the Urology Care Foundation. However, in most cases, kidney lesions are benign and do not need treatment.Continue Reading
Most kidney lesions are simple cysts, which are small, fluid-filled sacs that develop on the kidney, notes the Urology Care Foundation. These cysts are usually small and do not cause any symptoms. They are usually only detected during imaging tests looking for other conditions. If they do become large enough or are located in an area where they cause symptoms, such as pain or blockages, the cyst needs to be drained by a needle and then refilled with alcohol, according to WebMD. In some cases, the doctor may need to surgically remove the cyst.
Kidney tumors can be benign and harmless, but more than 80 percent of them are cancerous, according to the Urology Care Foundation. If the cancer is confined to the kidney, surgical removal is usually necessary. Ablation, which is a procedure that destroys the tumor without removing it, may also be successful. If the cancer has spread to other organs, immunotherapy or targeted agents may be necessary.
There are some avoidable risk factors for developing kidney cancer, notes the Urology Care Foundation. Smoking, obesity and a diet high in fried foods are linked to the disease, as is high blood pressure.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases