A complicated "simple" renal cyst

Daphne M. Harrington, Alexa S. Meara, Tushar Vaccharajani, Tejas Desai

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Background: Simple renal cysts are usually asymptomatic and benign. Rarely, symptoms and complications can develop from local mass effect which is illustrated by this case. Case Presentation: 77 year old Caucasian male presents with abdominal pain for five days. Abdominal exam was diffusely tender, markedly distended, tympanic with absent bowel sounds. His work-up included an abdominal x-ray showing a colonic obstruction and abdominal CT showing a large 27 cm renal cyst. Drainage of the renal cyst resolved obstructive symptoms. Conclusion: A simple renal cyst should not be overlooked as the reason for acute abdominal pain. Simple renal cysts, though benign are not without complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalOpen Urology and Nephrology Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdominal pain
  • Colon
  • Cystic kidney diseases
  • Intestinal obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Urology


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