The purpose of this paper is to direct attention to the practicability of giving surgical relief from certain symptoms or ill effects of cystic kidneys. The number of patients with cystic kidney for whom any given operator may render service is necessarily small; the majority are not aware of its existence until late in the course of the degeneration, and then it is impossible to stay the process or to relieve the symptoms.
The lack of individual experience necessarily leads to an uncertain surgical attitude toward the lesion, and when, during an operation, such a condition is discovered, the operator is unprepared to do the most appropriate thing to bring about a surcease of symptoms or to check the progress of the cystic degeneration.
For the purpose of getting directly to the subject, and before discussing the nature of the lesions and its relation to surgical treatment, I will relate
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