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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.

Enlarged Kidney: Symptoms and Management

2013-06-06 10:26

Enlarged Kidney: Symptoms and ManagementEnlarged kidney is a condition where the kidney is bigger than its normal size. Most patients with enlarged kidney go for years without any symptoms. However, over time, more and more discomforts will occur, and then knowing the symptoms caused by enlarged kidney and their relative managements is very necessary.

The common symptoms of enlarged kidney

There are many reasons for enlarged kidney from Polycystic Kidney Disease to kidney stone, infections, alcoholism and cancer. In most cases, the following symptoms are linked closely with both the abnormal kidney and its underlying causes.

Pain: Most people who have enlarged kidneys complain they are tormented by severe back pain, which is usually due to Polycystic Kidney Disease, kidney cyst and kidney stone. In some cases, patients also have burning or pain during urination or pain in the side of the lower abdomen.

Urination changes: Frequent urination during the night and blood in urine are two common symptoms that directs doctors to check out the patients for enlarged kidneys.

Edema:When kidneys are enlarged, they can’t work normally so that excess fluid begins to accumulate in the ankles, abdomen, lower back and face. As a result, swelling occurs easily in these parts of the body.

How to manage the above symptoms?

Before taking any treatment, it is a must to make clear the root cause of your enlarged kidneys. Here are some choices that can help ease your symptoms.

Antibiotics: If your enlarged kidney is caused by urinary tract infections, the doctor may prescribe some antibiotics to control your condition. In addition, you had better drink relatively more water to cleanse your urinary tract.

Herbal remedies: Chinese herbal medicines have an obvious effect on shrinking kidney cysts and dissolving kidney stone. Therefore, you are recommended to take correct herbal remedy such as Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, if your condition is due to PKD, kidney cyst or kidney stone. However, when your kidney stone is too big, you may have to accept surgery.

Dialysis or kidney transplant: Both of them won’t be suggested unless the enlarged kidney has developed kidney failure.

Remember that choosing correct management is the key to not only ease your symptoms but also reverse your illness condition and normalize your kidney size.

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