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Can Anything Be Done For Enlarged Abdomen With Kidney Cysts

2015-03-19 08:09

Can Anything Be Done For Enlarged Abdomen With Kidney CystsA swollen abdomen occurs when your stomach area is larger than normal. Kidney disease patients often have this complication. People with swollen abdomen look pregnant and the enlarged abdomen stress people out as the abdomen is increasing in size. Can the cysts be drained or shrunk?

1. How does kidney cyst cause enlarged abdomen?

Kidneys are located in the abdominal cavity. Kidney cyst is the general term of cystic lesions in the kidneys. It is common in clinic and they are fluid-filled sacs that are not connected with the outside. In the early stage, all the cysts are in small size and people have no obvious symptoms. With time going on, kidney cyst will enlarge, resulting in the increase of kidney volume. Then, the enlarged kidneys cause swollen abdomen.

2. What can be done for enlarged abdomen with kidney cysts?

Traditional treatments

If the cyst is less than 4 cm and no infection, no treatment is needed. But B ultrasound examination should be done regularly.

Puncturing and draining

Puncturing and draining will be done for large cysts, while complications may be presented after the treatment, such as bleeding, infections, traumatic renal cysts or pneumohemothorax, etc.

Puncture together with draining, and then antibiotics will be adopted.

This approach is also suitable for those who have kidney cysts which are larger than 4 cm.


Surgery will be needed when the above treatments fail. But surgery only removes large kidney cysts. This saves a room for small kidney cysts growth. What’s more, cysts will grow up again.

Alternative therapy

Compared with the above treatment options, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is favored by many patients. This therapy is based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and used externally. It focuses on inactivating the epithelial cells and increasing the permeability of cystic wall, which can reach the effect of shrinking kidney cyst. As long as kidney cyst’s size is reduced, enlarged abdomen will be alleviated.

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