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Urinary Tract Cancers

Cortical Calcification - Is Specialist Needed

04/30/2009

Question:

Recent US showed cortical calcification in superior lobe of right kidney. Doc seemed concerned and sent me for a CT. CT refers to only simple cyst, also found on US, saying it had not changed in size in past month. What is a cortical calcification and should I go to a specialist about this? I have only seen a D.O. and have continuing pain in right kidney area.

Answer:

A cortical calcification may represent a small stone. It is difficult to comment further without seeing the scan or full report. A CT scan is usually more definitive. You should discuss this with your doctor.

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Response by:

Donald R Bodner, MD Donald R Bodner, MD
Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University