Medical Q&As

Kidney cyst - will I be all right?

Please can you tell me if a benign cyst on my right kidney is going to cause me problems? I am a male in my early sixties.

The essential piece of information in your query is that you have been told that the cyst is benign. Benign means innocent and this finding should not have any implications for your kidney function or general health. Presumably the cyst was identified during the course of a scan or x ray. It is not unusual to identify such innocent cysts during the course of investigations and they simply come to light as coincidental findings. A benign cyst does not need to be treated and can be safely left alone. There are many people walking our streets in rude good health who donít even know that they have such a cyst.