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Small renal masses (lesions smaller than 3 cm): imaging evaluation and management.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7839969     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The current use of CT and sonography for a wide variety of indications has led to the frequent incidental discovery of small (1.5-3.0 cm) and very small (< 1.5 cm) lesions in the renal parenchyma. These lesions are usually small benign cysts, complicated cysts, or small neoplasms. Although the increased sophistication of imaging technology has certainly improved the detection of these lesions, a specific diagnosis can be elusive, and management is controversial. The question remains as to whether lesions that prove to be neoplasms warrant treatment or whether they are clinically insignificant and should be ignored. The radiologist plays a major role in making this decision. The purpose of this article is to review the literature regarding the etiology and imaging evaluation of small renal lesions and to make recommendations for their appropriate management.
N S Curry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  164     ISSN:  0361-803X     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  1995 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-02-27     Completed Date:  1995-02-27     Revised Date:  2008-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  355-62     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29464.
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MeSH Terms
Adenoma / diagnosis
Angiomyolipoma / diagnosis
Carcinoma, Renal Cell / diagnosis
Diagnostic Imaging*
Kidney / pathology*
Kidney Diseases, Cystic / diagnosis*
Kidney Neoplasms / diagnosis*

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