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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.

At What Creatinine Level Does Patient with PKD Need Dialysis

2013-03-17 14:21

At What Creatinine Level Does Patient with PKD Need Dialysis  At what creatinine level does patient with PKD need dialysis? Polycystic Kidney Disease is an incurable disease at present, so many patients especially ones with high creatinine level are concerned this question. Therefore, today we are here to give these patients a detailed answer.

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a progressive condition, so patients’ kidney function won’t lose completely in a short time. However, if uncontrolled effectively in the early stage, PKD will lead to renal failure where patients’ creatinine level is usually higher than the normal and they have to rely on dialysis or kidney transplant to live.

At what creatinine level does patients with PKD need dialysis?

Creatinine level is an important indicator of kidney function, because the healthy kidney can keep creatinine level in the normal level (0.5-1.1mg/dl for female, 0.6-1.2mg/dl for male). Once serum creatinine level is elevated, it means more than 50% of kidney function has lost. Generally, patients have to begin dialysis when their creatinine level is higher than 5.0mg/dl, but this value can’t be the only basis of dialysis beginning time.

Whether patients have several complications should be another determining factor. This is why some patients have begun dialysis when their creatinine level is just above 2.0mg/dl, while some other patients still don’t begin dialysis even though their creatinine level has reached to 8.0mg/dl. Therefore, we can know the most important thing we need to do is to delay dialysis as long as possible.

How to delay dialysis for patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Shrinking kidney cysts and improving kidney function is the key to help these patients delay or even avoid dialysis. After many years’ research, some herbal medicines are proven to have a big benefit in controlling PKD patients’ condition. These herbal medicines aim to improve the permeability of cystic walls, reabsorb sac fluid, expand blood vessels, enhance self-curative ability and nourish damaged kidney cells. As a result, patients’ kidney function will be improved so as to delay the beginning time of dialysis.

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