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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Polycystic Kidney Disease: At What BUN Level is Dialysis Needed

2013-12-10 11:19

At What BUN Level is Dialysis Needed, Polycystic Kidney Disease, BUN levelPKD(polycystic Kidney Disease) is developing with the development of the cysts on kidneys. The cysts will affect the kidneys if they enlarge and increase. So the kidney function will decline. As a result, there will be high BUN level. When the BUN level reaches to a certain level, dialysis is needed. Then at what BUN level is dialysis needed with PKD.

Why there will be high BUN level?

Kidneys play an important role in keeping us healthy. They are responsible for filtering the waste products and toxins in the blood. Besides, they also can keep balance of water and electrolyte.

BUN is the waste product of protein. It should be filtered out by kidneys. If the kidneys are damaged by the cysts, they cannot well discharge the waste products. So the BUN level will be elevated. Excessive BUN in blood will further damage kidneys. So measures should be taken to discharge extra BUN. Dialysis is the commonly used treatment to lower high BUN level.

At what BUN level is dialysis needed?

As we all know, dialysis acts as an artificial kidney, of which the main function is to help kidneys discharge the extra waste products. Sometimes, dialysis is necessary to save one’s life. At the following circumstances, dialysis is needed.

The BUN level is above 21.4mmol/l or it goes up 9mmol/l per day. But dialysis is needed on the condition that you are experiencing oliguria or anuria and it lasts for over 24-48 hours.

However, if the BUN level surpasses 54mmol/l, dialysis is needed immediately.

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