What is angiomyolipoma?

Q:
What is angiomyolipoma?

A:
An angiomyolipoma is a benign fatty tumor that can form in kidneys. They are made up of muscle and vessels as well as fatty tissue. About 80% of angiomyolipomas develop spontaneously in the absence of any other disease. More than half of tumors do not cause any symptoms. They usually are non-threatening, but larger tumors can cause potentially serious symptoms.

Symptoms

Symptoms of angiomyolipoma are different among people. These symptoms also rely on the size and place of the tumor in the body. Generally; small tumors do not show symptoms while large ones exhibit symptoms. One of the symptoms of this tumor is that it can cause kidney pain. Some people may have difficult in studying. They may also have poor blood circulation around the body because the heart is damaged.

Treatment

Surgery is the best option to treat angiomyolipoma. Your doctor can perform any of the following surgical procedures to remove the tumor:

  • Radical nephrectomy
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Kidney transplant
  • Kidney dialysis

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