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How Long Can PKD Patients Live on Dialysis

My mom with PKD is on dialysis. My grandma was the mother of 12 kids and they all had PKD. My grandma died after less than one year on dialysis. Now, my mother has high blood pressure, blood urine and proteinuria. How long can she live on dialysis?

The Doctor Answered:

From your description, we can know your mother’s Polycystic Kidney Disease is passed from your grandma. Generally, PKD patients don’t need to begin dialysis unless their kidney function declines to 15% or less. Since your mother has begun dialysis, it means her kidney function is quite low.

According to clinical research, the average life span of patients on dialysis is about five years, but the exact life expectancy for individuals on dialysis is mainly decided by their own condition. If you want to prolong your mother’s life span, the following suggestions must be helpful for you.

Choose some remedies that can improve her kidney function: Long-term dialysis can cause more and more complications thus threatening patients’ life, so finding out effective treatment to get rid of dialysis is very important. Immunotherapy and the therapy of blood stasis have been used maturely in clinic, so your mother may try one of them with the guidance of doctors.

Well control of complications: High blood pressure, proteinuria and blood urine all can cause further kidney damage so as to worsen patients’ condition, if untreated timely. In most cases, taking right medications is able to control these symptoms.

Besides, a healthy diet and lifestyle also plays an important role in extending dialysis patients’ life span. If you still have some questions about diet or life habits, welcome to consult our online doctor.

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