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What Does Shortness of Breath Mean For Patients With PKD

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a kidney disorder, but some patients also suffer breathing problems. Why do these patients experience these problems? What does shortness of breath mean for patients with PKD?

The Doctor Answered:

For many patients especially young ones, PKD is a mild disease that many patients can live without any symptoms for decade years. However, if uncontrolled effectively in the early stage, PKD will develop renal failure gradually. Most often, shortness of breath won’t happen until patients’ condition develops end stage kidney disease (ESRD), which occurs in over 60% of PKD sufferers. Therefore, shortness of breath occurs to warn patients of heavy loss of kidney function.

In ESRD, the kidneys simply no longer function well enough to remove wastes in the blood, and then the following symptoms of ESRD happen:

◆ Fatigue and weakness

◆ Shortness of breath

◆ Kidney pain or back pain

◆ Nausea and vomiting

◆ Depression

◆ Metallic taste in the mouth

If you are suffering from one or more symptoms, consulting the doctors online to choose correct treatment is very necessary.

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