Hydronephrosis/renal cyst help please

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   Posted 6/23/2011 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm wondering if someone can help sort this all out since my urologist didn't explain much to me. I have a history of microhematuria. I had a ivp and cysto done many years ago that showed an enlarged kidney with a kink in ureter. Urologist said this was okay and ignore the hematuria. NOw 13 years later still the hematuria so I went back to urologist at the insistence of my primary. Had a renal/bladder ultrasound done with the full bladder and then voiding. Results showed that my right kidney measured 11.8 cm and left 12.1 cm. There is fullness of both renal collecting systmes suggestiive of mild hydronephrosis the right greater then left. Question #1-why would my right kidney have more hydronephorosis then right since my right is so much larger?
Also have a 1.9cm left renal cyst. I have normal pre-void with bilateral ureteral jets but they are asymmetric with larger jet seen on left . My post void showed 18cc post-void residual in bladder.
So now urologist wants a ct scan with/without contrast and a cysto. I understand why he would want the cysto for the blood in urine but why the ct scan. What more will the ct scan show. Does he want it for the cyst or or for the hydronephrosis. He only mentioned the cyst on the phone and then I picked up the report and saw about the bilateral hydronephrosis. Shouldn't the ultrasound have determined if this was just a simple cyst or something to be more concerned about? The thing is I have had two surgeries for atypical cells in my breast and numerous biopsies. I have to go for mrI's of breast every six months. So I really don't want to go through more tests that this urologist doesn't explain why they are necessary and what they will determine. can mild hydronephrosis be left alone. On original 2007 ultrasound I did not have hydronephrosis and now it's bilateral. Sorry this is so long but maybe someone can answer some of my concerns. Thank you.

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   Posted 7/13/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
As far as I know, hydronephrosis means swelling of kidney because fluid backed up into it, and is usually caused by some sort of obstruction, or something that creates backflow of urine into the kidneys.

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   Posted 7/26/2011 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have hematuria and so does my mother and brother. Until I had a kidney biopsy no one knew what it was from. I have a thin basement membrane in my kidneys, it is familial and there is no problems. Though some doc's really freak out over it. I recently went on remicade for my colitis and I belive the blood in my urine has gone away. Will know more from my next labs.

Just found out I have a cyst on my kidney from an ultrasound last friday.

My creatinine is high, hoping it's dehydration and I do have minimal change disease aka nephrotic syndrome.

I wish you well.

Also, I did change my Dr.s I go to MA General, I feel this Dr. is more knowledgeable than my last one. Though my last one had much more time for me.
UC Pancolitis: dx'd 2000; 1st Remicade 4/26/11, 2nd 5/13/11, 3rd 6/9/11, next 8/9/11.Kidney Disease (Minimal Change Disease): dx'd 2007 but believe I had it since 2000 from sulfasalazine. Current meds: Imuran, Lisinopril, Diovan, Calcium + Vit D, Calcitriol & probiotics.

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   Posted 8/22/2011 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
hello my name is vanessa i am young mother of two one month after my daughter was born she started getting high fevers of 105 we rushed her to the hospital the doctors didnt know exactly what was wrong with her we took her out of the emergency room it took us about a day to do that because the doctor wouldnt let us get her out of there not until we signed a paper i took her to another hospital and after a couple of xrays and ultrasounds we found out she had hydronephrosis in her right kidney it was really swollen tge doctor said it wasnt even a kidney and that it looked just like a bag of water i was transferred to childrens hospital of los angeles where the urologist told me that she had a uti because her urine was going back up to her kidney instead of down to her bladder or something like that anyway she had surgery at 11 months old the urologist placed a ureteral stent for a month and then it was removed he said everything was perfect now so instead of removing the whole entire kidney they took off the upper part of it which was also causing the infection before the surgery the urologist told me that if something like that was left untreated in can cause damage to the other kidney and for some reason i have a feeling that not everything is ok with my daughter she now struggles to do number 2 her belly looks kind of weird to me looks kind if swollen and she now goes pee pee a little too much i just wanted to share my story sorry for my writing im on my cellphone and its kind of hard to type lol going through all this stuff with her was very hard for me as a young a parent i didnt understand exactly what was going on with her kidney but i always wanted to read stories about other people going through the same stuff i wish u all the best and god bless u all
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