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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.

What Happens If End-Stage PKD Patients Refuse Dialysis

2013-07-02 18:19

What Happens If End-Stage PKD Patients Refuse DialysisWhat happens if end-stage PKD patients refuse dialysis? As with people with ESRD caused by other diseases, PKD patients who are recommended to start unwanted dialysis must be quite concerned the answer.

As nearly all of kidney functioning tissues are replaced by continuous enlargement of kidney cysts, PKD patients lose their ability to remove waste products and keep electrolyte and acid-base balance. At this time, dialysis is needed to replace part of kidney function and maintain patients’ basic life. If the person doesn’t take any kidney repair treatment but refuses to begin dialysis, he is more likely to have the following symptoms and discomforts:

● Loss of appetite

● Swelling or edema

● Constipation

● Changes in breathing: irregular, fast or extremely slow

● Fatigue and tiredness due to the high build up of waste products or anemia

● Disorientation, confusion and failure to recognize familiar faces.

Besides, if too much waste products such as creatinine and urea acid deposit in the body, they will attack kidneys as well as other organs like heart. This may even lead to death.

Does this mean dialysis is the only solution for end-stage Polycystic Kidney Disease? Of course not. If you are suffering from advanced PKD but still have some urine, some treatments can help you avoid dialysis.

Since low kidney function is the main factor that urges you to start dialysis, the effective treatment should be the one that can not only repair the damaged kidney cells but also shrink PKD cysts. Immunotherapy and the therapy of blood stasis both are able to achieve these goals. Because of different technologies, these therapies are suitable for different patients.

If you don’t want to live with dialysis, you can describe your illness condition for the online doctor or leave a message to them, so they can tell you which treatment is good for you.

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