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End Stage PKD with 5% Kidney Function and Creatinine 5.8

At last appointment, I had about 10% kidney function left. Now, my kidney function declines to 5% and creatinine is 5.8. I know my condition has developed end stage Polycystic Kidney Disease. Does anyone have a similar experience?

The Doctor Answered:

Different from other kidney diseases, Polycystic Kidney Disease is inherited and characterized by numerous kidney cysts. With the growth of these cysts, kidney functioning tissues are replaced gradually. This is why people with PKD find their kidney function declines constantly.

With 5% kidney function, kidneys nearly have lost all of their ability to filter wastes, keep electrolyte and acid-base balance, and secrete some hormones. Then, more and more symptoms occur to affect patients’ normal life. High creatinine level like creatinine 5.8 is just one common symptom.

For people with 5% kidney function and creatinine 5.8, their treatments can’t only focusing on repairing damaged kidneys. Management of symptoms and a healthy diet are also important parts in the whole treatment. If you haven’t find a correct treatment or you have any question about diet or symptom management, you can consult the online doctor.

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