small renal masses

Posted by gtrimblet @gtrimblet, Sep 2 5:29am

I already have two CAT scans where masses were found incidentally. What will Mayo do with these CAT scans and the results of the masses

I just joined and when I saw your post I was wondering if you got IV fluids when you got your CT Scans. I recently had a ct scan and was told the barium and dye injection were nephrotoxic. I had to have 2 hours of IV before the scan and lots of water after. I have stage 4 kidney disease and I am always on the lookout to see if new medications or procedures will harm my kidneys.

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@gtrimblet Welcome to Mayo Connect! We are not medical doctors here, and cannot/will not give medical advice. We are fellow patients, care givers and family members sharing our experiences and journeys, in the effort to help others.

A few questions come to mind when reading your post. Was the CT scan specifically looking for issues with your kidneys? If so, your medical team will address those masses. If they are included in the body of the report, you may need to ask your team how this information will be looked at. Example, on my last CT scan, there were notations regarding everything the radiologist saw, beyond the reason for the scan in the first place. Are you a Mayo Clinic patient? I believe there is a team approach there.

@glassfern53 Not all CT scans need a contrast dye; the reason a scan is needed often dictates whether a dye is used. I am Stage 4 kidney disease, also, and the patient can refuse the dye.
Ginger

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@gtrimblet Welcome to Mayo Connect! We are not medical doctors here, and cannot/will not give medical advice. We are fellow patients, care givers and family members sharing our experiences and journeys, in the effort to help others.

A few questions come to mind when reading your post. Was the CT scan specifically looking for issues with your kidneys? If so, your medical team will address those masses. If they are included in the body of the report, you may need to ask your team how this information will be looked at. Example, on my last CT scan, there were notations regarding everything the radiologist saw, beyond the reason for the scan in the first place. Are you a Mayo Clinic patient? I believe there is a team approach there.

@glassfern53 Not all CT scans need a contrast dye; the reason a scan is needed often dictates whether a dye is used. I am Stage 4 kidney disease, also, and the patient can refuse the dye.
Ginger

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Thanks for responding. My doctor urged me to have the dye… they were looking for cancer activity and he said it would help the doctors and be more accurate. I thought of refusing it and when I said yes I was afraid my GFR would go down. I was tested Monday and thank God it's the same… I have been at 25 for a few years now. I'm glad this group is here. Again, I appreciate your reply

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