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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.

How to Detect Polycystic Kidney Disease at the Early Stage

2013-08-16 14:16

How to Detect Polycystic Kidney Disease at the Early StageIn the United States, Polycystic Kidney Disease has been one leading cause of kidney failure. To detect PKD at the early stage means patients can accept prompt treatment and slow the progress of PKD effectively. As a result, kidney failure may be avoided to some extent.

● Family history

PKD is a hereditary disease, so it can present family aggregation. If someone in your family is diagnosed with this disease, you had better to do an physical examination to determine whether you have Polycystic Kidney Disease.

● First symptoms

PKD progresses slowly and causes some symptoms and discomforts during its progression. High blood pressure, back pain and urinary tract infection usually appear as the initial symptoms of PKD. With these problems, Polycystic Kidney Disease may be the thing you need to consider.

● Ultrasound

This test is most commonly taken to detect early stage PKD, because it can even show cysts in fetus’s kidneys. That is to say, ultrasound imaging can detect this disease as early as the fetus is still in the womb. With the development of medical technology, a part of PKD patients can be diagnosed quite early.

● Regular blood and urine tests

Some people think blood and urine tests can help them find kidney disease timely. In fact, this idea is wrong. Because PKD is one type of chronic kidney disease, in initial stage, kidneys are still functioning normally. Therefore, blood and urine tests can’t show any signs of PKD.

If you are suspected to have Polycystic Kidney Disease, don’t be panic. An accurate diagnosis can tell you whether you are suffering from it. Even though the diagnosis is yes, there are still 20% of PKD patients don’t have kidney failure eventually. Therefore, an effective treatment should be sought immediately in this case.

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