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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.

Do You Know Your Illness Condition

2015-01-08 08:08

Do You Know Your Illness ConditionHere is the case: I met such a patients during the ward round. He is a Kidney Failure patient with five-year’s dialysis. When he admitted in our hospital, we found he developed into End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in the second year of onset of kidney disease, and kept on dialysis in the following five years. He could list brand names, taking-time, dosages of all medicines he took. However, he had no idea about his urine changes.

In fact, this phenomenon is very common among patients. They don’t know what is steroids, what difference between hematuria and occult blood, meaning of urine changes and numbers on test report. They even take it for granted.

The doctor may just simply check the blood pressure level, feelings, diet, and urine, etc. They always look like very busy and have no time to explain to the patients about their illness conditions. And patients have get used to it.

However, Dr. Liu Xuwei think that a good doctor is also a good teacher. It is one of the important tasks to help patients to know the causes, effects, prognosis and treatment of their diseases. During the fighting against kidney disease, patients and doctors are comrade-in-arms.

The doctor should be ashamed if their patients know nothing about the disease. Actually, this unawareness won’t help patients recover health. Just imaging letting a person who do not know how to drive to drive. How dangerous!

Take another example. Two patients both take steroids to reduce protein ++. One takes for years, but still have proteinuria. The other one see negative protein in urine within just half a month. Why does that happen?

Therefore, the standard of evaluation of doctors are not only depend on the curative effects but also on how much the patients know about their disease.

A hospital, should also be a school. The popularization of medical knowledge needs our joint efforts, which will be rewarded eventually.

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