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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.

Do Bleeding PKD Cysts Reduce Hemoglobin or Hematocrit

2014-10-21 02:10

Do Bleeding PKD Cysts Reduce Hemoglobin or HematocritDo bleeding PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) cysts reduce hemoglobin or hematocrit? If you know what does hemoglobin and hematocrit mean, you will know the answer.


Hemoglobin is a iron-containing protein in red blood cells that is responsible for delivery of oxygen to the tissues. Therefore, the number of red blood cells determine hemoglobin level.


The hematocrit is the proportion, by volume, of the blood that consists of red blood cells. The hematocrit (hct) is expressed as a percentage. For example, a hematocrit of 25% means that there are 25 milliliters of red blood cells in 100 milliliters of blood.

Meaning of low hemoglobin and hematocrit

You can see from the definition of these two terms that both low hemoglobin and hematocrit are associated with red blood cells. Anemia, a condition of shortage of red blood cells are the most possibly cause of low hemoglobin and hematocrit.

Can bleeding cysts cause low hemoglobin and hematocrit?

When the blood vessels on the cysts walls burst, they are called “hemorrhagic cysts”. This condition lead to a reduced blood volume, so it may be one of the causes of low hemoglobin as well as low hematocrit.

In addition, Polycystic Kidney Disease can cause kidney damage since the cysts are bleeding. Damaged kidneys cannot make enough EPO (erythropoietin) that is very important for the generation of red blood cells. As a consequence, anemia occurs easily in PKD. This is the other common causes.

How to deal with bleeding cyst?

Bleeding cysts may also cause infection which is a serious condition. Medications should be taken immediately. Consult your doctor and take some medical treatment.

If medicines do not work, I’m afraid you have to take surgery to drain the cysts or remove the bleeding cysts.

Even though you can get relief from the above treatment, you cannot depend on them to solve your problem from the root, since they cannot improve the kidney function.

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