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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.

Will PKD Patients Definitely Undergo Dialysis In The Future

2013-05-15 14:59

Some PKD patients and their friends and families have asked about is it sure that PKD person will in the future undergo dialysis treatment. The question actually equals to will PKD definitely progress into end stage renal disease in the future.

To answer the question, we need to first have a brief understanding of PKD which can help you know the answer. PKD is a chronically progressive kidney disease which is characterized by the continuous increase and enlargement of renal cysts. Normal renal tissues will be replaced and renal functions will be gradually lost. In the end, PKD will progress into end stage renal failure and require dialysis to sustain the patient’s life.

However it is not definite that PKD will require dialysis in the future. If patients can maintain a kidney function more than 10% or even more, patients can avoid dialysis. Actually many PKD patients can go through their entire life without PKD affecting their life span.

Besides dialysis and kidney transplant, there are alternative treatments that can help slow down PKD progression and protect residual kidney functions so as to help patients delay or avoid dialysis.

At present, the most effective treatment for PKD patients besides dialysis and kidney transplant is Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy---external application of herbal medicines. Active ingredients in Chinese medicines can act on the epithelial cells on the cyst wall so as to stop further secretion of cyst fluids. Cyst growth will be much slowed or even stopped. The already existed renal cysts will also be shrunk step by step because active ingredients in the medicines can soften the cyst wall and increase its permeability so as to promote the re-absorption of cyst fluids back into surrounding blood vessels.

What is more, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy has the functions of dilating blood vessels, anti-inflammation, anti-coagulation and degradation of extracellular matrix so as to help promote blood circulation and increase blood flow to the kidneys. Damaged renal tissues will get adequate supply of blood, oxygen and nutritions to recover and regenerate.

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