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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.

What is Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-07-30 10:45

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) usually refers to a genetic or inherited disease that is sometimes called “adult PKD” because it normally appears in adult life. A less common type of PKD occurs primarily in babies and children.

In Polycystic Kidney Disease, cysts, or fluid-filled pouches, are found primarily in the kidney but they can also affect other organs, including the liver, pancreas, spleen and ovary. PKD is the most common life-threatening genetic disease, affecting more than 600,000 Americans and an estimated 12.5 million people worldwide. It is found in all races and occurs equally in men and women.

High blood pressure is the most important treatable risk factor in Polycystic Kidney Disease. Occasionally, patients may develop headaches related to high blood pressure. About 25% of PKD patients have a floppy heart valve, and some of these develop a fluttering or pounding in the chest as well as chest pain. These symptoms almost always disappear on their own but may be the first hint that someone has PKD. Well, about 50% of patients with PKD will have kidney failure by age 60, and about 60% will have kidney failure by age 70.

As to the treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease, some supportive treatments which help prevent or slow down loss of kidney function in PKD, and these include: careful control of blood pressure, prompt treatment of kidney infections and a healthy lifestyle.

The most important thing for PKD patients is to shrink the cysts and enhance kidney function. In that case, kidney failure, dialysis and kidney transplant can be avoided. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is a new treatment option for Polycystic Kidney Disease. This treatment is based on Chinese herbal medicines, but used externally. The cyst fluid cen be reabsorbed through increasing the permeability of cyst wall, decreasing the activity of lining cells and changing inner and outer pressure difference of cyst wall. Meanwhile, the active substances of Chinese herbal medicines can repair kidney damage and enhance kidney function through providing nutrition for damaged kidneys and eliminating pathogenic factor and supporting genuine Qi, which helps PKD patients prevent kidney failure to a large extent.

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