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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.

Pain Associated With Polycystic Liver Disease

2014-08-28 09:57

Pain Associated With Polycystic Liver DiseasePeople with ADPKD (Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease) can develop cyst in organs other than kidneys, most commonly the live. This condition is called Polycystic Live Disease (PLD). What cause it and how to deal with it, especially pain associated with it?

Causes of liver cysts

Liver cysts seem to be caused by the same genetic changes that lead to cysts in the kidney. In the liver, the cysts develop in the bile ducts or liver tubules rather than in liver cells. This means that liver cysts do not replace functioning cells and do not cause liver failure, even when they make the liver very large.

Why does pain occur with Polycystic Liver Disease?

Most people with polycystic liver disease have no symptoms, and the cysts are only found during an ultrasound scan. In some cases, the cyst is too large and it will compress the nearby tissues, causing abdominal pain. Other symptoms may include bloating and increase size of the abdomen, early fullness on eating, heartburn or vomiting, change in bowel habit or haemorrhoids (piles). Rarely, the cyst man cause complications such as hemorrhagic and ruptured cysts.

How to get rid of pain in Polycystic Liver Disease?

Generally, treatment options include:

1. Medicines to relieve pain

2. Draining for single large cysts, either by a tube passed through from outside the body, or an operation under general anaesthetic.

3. Surgery to open up the cyst and remove the fluid

4. Surgery to remove the part of the liver most affected by the cysts

A final word

Surgery on the liver can be risky, so it is recommended only if its benefits are likely to be greater than its risks. For that reason, I recommend you take Chinese herbs, because they are natural and effective. On this basis, you should also keep a healthy diet such as avoiding caffeine (coffee, tea and colas) and follow a low salt diet.

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