Feb 17, 2019
This podcast is my personal open-ended conversation centered around a question I commonly get from patients, friends, and family, “Why Urology?”
In this podcast episode, I will be talking about renal or kidney cysts. I will also introduce the Bosniak classification of renal or kidney cysts which helps doctors differentiate simple and complex renal cysts with regard to the risk that the cyst might be cancerous.
Kidney cysts are common.The incidence increases as people age. An estimated 50 percent of people will have kidney cysts by age 50.
Fortunately, most kidney cysts are what we call “simple” cysts.
A simple cyst is like a water balloon, thin walled and round, with a water density fluid filling it.
Here are four basic things you need to remember about kidney cysts:
The thing about most things in medicine, and about renal cysts as well, is that things are not always simple.
The Bosniak Classification of a renal cyst helps doctors determine which cysts need close follow-up or surgery.