What is Angiomyolipoma?

Q:
What is angiomyolipoma?

A:
Angiomyolipoma is a benign cancer of the kidney. It rarely happens to other organs. Currently, why angiomyolipoma occurs is still a problem to solve. However, researchers suggest that a genetic mutation might be the real cause.

Symptoms

For patients with angiomyolipoma, they may have different signs and symptoms. Overall, they usually experience the following ones:

  • Sudden pain in the back or flank
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Hypertension
  • Poor blood circulation

Causes

Although the exact reason that causes angiomyolipoma is still unknown, researchers have found that perivascular epithelioid cells may be responsible for the conditions.

Treatment

Surgery that removes the tumor is the best option to treat the disease.

Radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, kidney transplant, and kidney dialysis are the options your doctor can choose to perform so as to successfully remove the tumor.

Prevention

To prevent the disease, you may go to the hospital and detect tumor regularly.

Though it’s not possible to prevent angiomyolipoma from developing, frequent detection can help treat the asymptomatic angiomyolipoma.

If you have any questions about the treatment and prevention, please go to the doctor and ask for more professional advice.

Keywords: angiomyolipoma; symptoms; causes; treatment; prevention

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