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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.

Risks for PKD Patients to be Pregnant

2013-05-04 11:59

It is necessary for PKD patinets to learn the possible risks of being pregnant. The followings are the several related points that will help PKD patients who are planning to be pregnant to avoid unnecessary problems.

1. Can I be pregnant with PKD?

PKD is a genetic kidney disorder and threatens patient’s life seriously when illness condition progresses to advanced stage. For people with PKD in early stage, the residual kidney function is strong enough to help them maintain a normal life. Therefore, they are allowed to be pregnant. But for these whose illness condition has developed to a very severe stage, they are usually not suggested to give birth to a child.

2. What are the risks for PKD patients to be pregnant?

There are mainly two risks for PKD patients to be pregnant: acute kidney failure and preeclampsia.

For a pregnant woman, large amounts of wastes will be produced in body, leading to heavy burden on kidney. This can cause acute kidney failure and bring patients to dialysis or kidney transplant early. Therefore, it is early for PKD patients to have a close observation about their kidney function if they decide to be pregnant.

Besides, clinic statistics show preeclampsia affects 5 to 8 percent of all pregnancies. Common symptoms of preeclampsia includes headaches, sudden weight gain and changes in vision and so on.

3. Can I give birth to a healthy baby with PKD?

There are two types of PKD: ADPKD and ARPKD. For people with ARPKD, their child has 75% chances to develop this genetic kidney problem. However, for ADPKD patients, the risk of their child for polycystic kidney problem is 50%. Therefore, there is chance for PKD patients to give birth to a healthy baby.

These are the several points that PKD patients who are planning to be pregnant. If you are a PKD patient and want to learn more about pregnancy and PKD, you can consult our consultant online or leave us message directly.

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