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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.

When Is Dialysis Needed with PKD

2013-03-18 10:21

PKD is an incurable disease and can run to end stage kidney failure, so PKD patients have a high risk to suffer from dialysis. However, when is dialysis needed with Polycystic Kidney Disease?

When is dialysis needed with Polycystic Kidney Disease?

When is dialysis needed actually depends on PKD patients’ creatinine level. Creatinine is one of the toxins that produced by our body and the level of it usually stands for the level of toxins in the blood. For Polycystic Kidney Disease patients,when their creatinine level increases to 5, dialysis will be recommended to clean blood, because toxins that build up in the blood can damage their other internal organs and causes lots of unnecessary health tissues like heart failure, digestive problems, bone problem, respiratory problems and nerve symptoms and so on. Therefore, when the toxins in the blood build up to a certain amount, dialysis is adopted to remove them out of patients’ body for life safety.

Besides, although dialysis is recommended when creatinine level increases to 5, many PKD patients do not start dialysis until their life is seriously threatened. There are two reasons for kidney failure patients do not start dialysis:

1. Dialysis is torturous and once patients start dialysis, they can not stop casually and need to do it repeatedly. Besides, dialysis can cause many side effects like low blood pressure, muscle cramp, headache, restless leg and so on.

2. Many kidney failure patients have no obvious and bothersome symptoms and they do not think dialysis is really needed even if their disease has developed to end stage renal disease.

Can I avoid dialysis with PKD?

PKD is an inherited disease and at present there is such a treatment that can treatment PKD, so many PKD patients think they will surely suffer from kidney failure and dialysis someday in future. Actually, some PKD patients can avoid dialysis.

PKD is a chronic kidney problem with long course. For ADPKD (Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease), it usually occurs when patients are 20 years old and in some cases, it may occurs even more late. Under such a condition, as long as we slow down the progression of PKD, kidney failure and dialysis can be avoided to some extent. What is more, in some case, PKD can be stopped from progressing by stopping the enlargement and increase of cyst.

PKD is a refractory and incurable disease, but this should not be the reason for patients to give up, as there is still hope for them to avoid dialysis and live a better life.

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