Simple Kidney Cysts

Simple Kidney Cysts

Simple kidney cysts are abnormal pouches containing fluid. The simple cyst is the most common form of kidney cyst. Although its cause is not fully understood, we do know that the simple cyst is not an inherited condition. Cysts may be single or multiple and develop on small tubes in the kidneys.

Most often, simple cysts do not cause symptoms or harm the kidney. In some cases, however, pain can occur when cysts enlarge and press on other organs. Sometimes, cysts become infected or suddenly start to bleed. Less often, the cysts impair kidney function. Simple cysts can also cause high blood pressure.

Kidney cysts are found by taking pictures (tomography and ultrasonography) of the kidneys. When simple cysts are found, and there are no complications, no treatment is needed. If cysts cause symptoms, surgery may be needed.

More information is available from

American Kidney Fund
6110 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852
(800) 638. 8299

National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016
(800) 622. 9010

Additional Information on Simple Kidney Cysts

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse collects resource information on kidney and urologic diseases for the Combined Health Information Database (CHID). CHID is a database produced by health-related agencies of the Federal Government. This database provides titles, abstracts, and availability information for health information and health education resources.

To provide you with the most up-to-date resources, information specialists at the clearinghouse created an automatic search of CHID. To obtain this information, you mayview the results of the automatic search on Simple Kidney Cysts.

http://chid.nih.gov/Or, if you wish to perform your own search of the database, you may access the CHID Online web site andsearch CHID yourself.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse

3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3580
E-mail:National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established in 1987, the clearinghouse provides information about diseases of the kidneys and urologic system to people with kidney and urologic disorders and to their families, health care professionals, and the public. NKUDIC answers inquiries; develops, reviews, and distributes publications; and works closely with professional and patient organizations and Government agencies to coordinate resources about kidney and urologic diseases.

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NIH Publication No. 99-4618


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