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I Have CKD Stage 3b and PKD: What Does This Mean

I am 50 female and was just told I have CKD Stage 3b. Also, I have PKD. I was just reading to try and understand that makes me worried. Can you help me?

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I Have CKD Stage 3b and PKD: What Does This MeanDoctors from Shijiazhuang Hetaiheng Hospital give out the following answer: Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is one genetic kidney disorder that may result from inherited factor or gene mutation. From your description, we can know you have ADPKD.

ADPKD usually progresses slowly, and patients often don’t have any symptom or discomfort in the early stage. However, with the enlargement of kidney cysts, they will damage their surrounding kidney tissues and cause the decline of kidney function.

In clinic, glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the most reliable indicator for kidney function level. According to GFR, kidney disease is divided into five stages. CKD Stage 3 means GFR declines to 30% ~ 59%, while CKD Stage 3b indicates GFR level ranges from 30%~45%. In Stage 3b, PKD patients’ GFR will decline 5% ~6% every year. If left alone, PKD will progress into kidney failure quickly. From this analysis, we can know it is time for you to shrink your kidney cysts and protect your remaining kidney function.

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