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PKD & Kidney Cysts

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.

How Is Polycystic Kidney Disease Diagnosed

2014-08-20 08:19

 Computerized tomography (CT) scanPolycystic Kidney Disease is characterized by a cluster of cyst on your kidneys. Theses cysts are round sacs containing water-like fluid, and they are noncancerous primarily. However, when they enlarge, they will compress the nearby tissues and cause many symptoms. Therefore, the diagnosis of Polycystic Kidney Disease is very important for treatment.

PKD is an inherited disorder. Therefore, your healthcare provider will probably review your family history. They may initially order:

1. A complete blood count (CBC) looking for anemia or signs of infection

2. A Urinalysis looking for blood and/or protein

Your health care provider may use imaging tests to look for cysts of the kidney, liver, and other organs. Imaging tests used to diagnose PKD include:

1. Ultrasound exam

During an ultrasound, a wand-like device called a transducer is placed on your body. It emits inaudible sound waves that are reflected back to the transducer — like sonar. A computer translates the reflected sound waves into images of your kidneys.

2. Computerized tomography (CT) scan

As you lie on a movable table, you’re guided into a big doughnut-shaped device that projects very thin X-ray beams through your body. Your doctor is able to see cross-sectional images of your kidneys.

3. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

As you lie inside a large cylinder, magnetic fields and radio waves generate cross-sectional views of your kidneys.

4. A cerebral angiography may be ordered for patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease who have a higher incidence of cerebral aneurysms that is a common complication of this kidney disease.

Diagnosis is to help you know your illness, while the treatment should be the most important. As Polycystic Kidney Disease progresses, it will attack other organs and systems. Without treatment, it is easy to develop into Kidney Failure.

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