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Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-08-14 01:37

Polycystic Kidney DiseasePolycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder which is characterized by a cluster of cysts on the kidneys. This kidney disease not rare in the world. This article is an overview of this disease.

Two types of Polycystic Kidney Disease

ARPKD: Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, is a infantile type, which means that new born babies are diagnosed with kidney cysts, and they normally die within several weeks and months.

ADPKD: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, which is an adult type, is cancerous before they are 40 years old.


The real causes are still so clear, but most of the cases prove that the main cause is genetic disorder. There are also some other causes such as genetic mutation, infections, toxins from food, medicines, or environment, and trauma during surgery.


PKD is an inherited disorder. Therefore, your healthcare provider will probably review your family history. They may initially order:

1. A complete blood count (CBC) looking for anemia or signs of infection

2. A Urinalysis looking for blood and/or protein

Your health care provider may use imaging tests to look for cysts of the kidney, liver, and other organs. Imaging tests used to diagnose PKD include:

1. Ultrasound exam

2. Computerized tomography (CT) scan

3. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

4. A cerebral angiography may be ordered for patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease who have a higher incidence of cerebral aneurysms.


This may be the most important thing for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients. The treatment have four aspects: Diet, Exercise, Medication, Hospitalization.

Diet: A low-slat, low protein intake is required. Vitamin, calories, necessary amino acids, carbohydrates is essential. Potassium and phosphorous intake should be varied depending on the levels of these elements in the blood.

Exercise: No matter when and where, the benefits of exercise is well-known by all of us. The duration and frequency should be based on your own health condition.

Medication: Medicines will be prescribed by your doctor when some symptoms like back pain, flank pain, abdominal pain, urinary tract infection, protein or blood in the blood and high blood pressure, etc. Occur.

Hospitalization: When some complications cannot be controlled, hospitalization will be taken. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is a widely used therapy in China. The therapy can help you treat the underlying problem.

If you are diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease, and have some discomforts. You can contact us, and we will give you some suggestions.

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