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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.

Life Span of Female with Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-03-04 14:07

Life Span of Female with Polycystic Kidney DiseasePolycystic Kidney Disease is one genetic kidney disorder that has two types: ARPKD and ADPKD. Both of them can occur in both female and male. Today, we mainly talk about life span of female with PKD.

What is life expectancy of female with ARPKD?

ARPKD refers to autosomal recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease that appears in newborn, infants or children. With ARPKD, patients usually have severe kidney damage early, so most of these patients die within several months or several years after birth. Only some patients can live to about 20 years old. Since ARPKD progresses so quickly, doctors usually don’t have specific treatments to save these patients’ life.

What is life span of female with ADPKD?

Compared with ARPKD, ADPKD progresses slowly, so female with ADPKD commonly have longer life expectancy than those with ARPKD. In clinic, patients usually have high blood pressure at age 20-30 and high creatinine level at age 30-40. Then, about 50% of ADPKD patients suffer from kidney failure at age 60. Then, their life expectancy is determined by their therapeutic schedule, diet plan and lifestyle.

How to make female with ADPKD live longer?

The treatment should start from a healthy diet plan and lifestyle. General dietary requirements include low salt, low protein, avoiding oxalate-containing foods, limiting the intake of potassium and phosphorus. As for lifestyle, it is necessary to quit alcohol and smoking. (To get a personalized advices, you can consult our online doctor through dialog box in the bottom right corner.)

Besides, some treatments that can help shrink kidney cysts and protect residual kidney functioning tissues are also needed. Different patients need to take different treatment. Remember always choose the best treatment that suits yourself. Otherwise, it may worsen your illness condition largely.

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