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Bilateral Renal Cysts:Symptoms, Risk Factors And Complications

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2013-05-19 09:21

Bilateral renal cysts refer to presence of cysts in both of kidneys. This article will give an over view of symptoms, risk factors and complications of bilateral renal cysts.


In general cases,simple bilateral renal cysts do not cause signs or symptoms.Some patients may do not notice them throughout their lifetime.However,if the renal cysts grow large enough,the following symptoms will appear.

-Dull pain in back or side


-Upper abdominal pain

-High blood pressure

Risk factors

The risk of having bilateral renal cysts increase as you get older,though they can occur at any age.Approximately 50 percent of people over age 50 may develop renal cysts.


As bilateral renal cysts develop,a myriad of complications will occur,as follows:

Cyst infection: If kidney cysts become infected, it will cause fever and pain.

Rupturing of cyst: If the pressure in kidney cysts increase, the cysts may rupture.A kidney cysts that bursts can cause severe pain in your back or side. In some cases, red blood cells can be noticed in urine.

Urine obstruction:A kidney cyst that obstructs the normal flow of urine may lead to swelling of the kidney.

The above are a general overview of symptoms,risk factors and complications of bilateral renal cysts.

Do all cases of bilateral renal cysts need a treatment?

When the cysts are small and cause no symptoms,the patients do not need treatment.However,if the above symptoms appear,timely and aggressive treatment is required.Then what is the treatment for bilateral renal cysts?

Surgery is the general treatment for bilateral renal cysts.However,after the fluid is drained out,the cysts are very likely to relapse.Also,surgery is a very invasive procedure.Chinese herbal medicine is an alternative treatment for bilateral renal cysts. The medicines can shrink the cysts in a mild way and stop the cysts from enlarging.Thus,it can stop the cysts from causing more serious outcomes.

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