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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.

Adverse Effects of Steroids in Treating Kidney Failure

2013-10-24 11:58

Steroids are common treatment for patients with kidney failure. Steroids help alleviate the proteinuria, hematuria, pain and reduce the inflammation. However, it also brings inevitable adverse effects for patients. Here are the leading 6 adverse effects for your information.

Cardiovascular Disorder

Water retention is a common experience of patients who receive steroids therapy. It causes both high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. As a result, patients are at risk to develop cardiovascular disorder.

Bone Disease

Bone loss and vertebral compression fracture are the serious complications of steroids application. Rib and vertebra are usually the most serious affected parts of the body. If bone loss happens, then the steroids therapy should definitely be stopped.

Digestive Organ Disorder

Steroids increase the risk to increase the productions of gastric acid and pepsin. Also, long-term intake of steroids damage the gastric mucosa, which causes digestive system disorder in patients with kidney failure. This is why patients with kidney failure usually feel nausea.

Repeated Infection

Steroids causes immune system disorder, which has no antibiotic action. As a result, kidney failure patients usually experience repeated infections. Due to the immune system disorder, it is hard to control infections in kidney failure patients.

Nervous System Disorder

The medications may result in multiform behavior disorders. Besides, the therapies cause seizure to happen.

Electrolyte Disturbance

If patients take steroids to control their kidney failure symptoms for long term, the steroids may cause electrolyte disturbance and water-salt metabolism.

How to deal with the adverse effects of steroids?

Most treatments show adverse effects, so does the steroids. To avoid the side effects, you may be suggested to find alternative treatments. Immunotherapy is a biotherapy, which helps rebuild the immune system and improve kidney functions.

Also, certain herbs can offset the adverse effects of chemical treatment. Based on your own conditions, TCM practitioners will chose the herbs list for you. If you have an interest, you can leave a message below or email to

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