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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 Expectancy of Stage 3 Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-07-11 00:53

Life Expectancy of Stage 3 Polycystic Kidney DiseaseIf you are diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), you should be very careful about its progression. Foods you eat, exercise you do, and medicines you take can make PKD reaches to advanced stages. What is the life expectancy of Stage 3 Polycystic Kidney Disease? First of all, let’s see the five stages of PKD briefly.

Five stages of Polycystic Kidney Disease

Stage 1: Emergency stage

At this stage, it is not easy for patients to be diagnosed with kidney cyst, because the cyst is very small.

Stage 2: Growth stage

The kidney cyst begin to grow, but there is still no obvious symptoms. At this stage, taking treatment to stop the growth is very key.

Stage 3: Enlarging stage

At this stage, more symptoms like kidney pain, proteinuria, hematuria, and high blood pressure. Meanwhile, the kidney function begins to lose. Without treatment, the patients will have a high risk of cyst rupture.

Stage 4: Rupture

The cyst grow more than 3-5cm, and ruptures. Hospitalization is required immediately to in case of cystic infection and kidney failure.

Stage 5: Uremia

End stage of renal disease is the worst result of PKD. Normally, dialysis is recommended.

Life expectancy of stage 3 Polycystic Kidney Disease

As mentioned about, stage 3 is also called “Enlarging Stage”. Generally, people will see the cyst have a growth to a great extent when they are over 40 years old. Life expectancy is determined by many factors: Age, gender, size of cyst, complications and treatment, etc.

- Age: For youngers, who have a stronger immunity, they have a better life expectancy. In addition, the later diagnosis of PKD, the better life expectancy the patients will have.

- Gender: In general, expectancy of men is not so good as women.

- Size of cyst: Certainly, the bigger size the cyst has, the worse life expectancy is.

- Complication: High blood pressure is the most common complication of PKD. If left untreated, it will be more likely to cause acute kidney failure.

- Treatment: It is the most important factor that is related to the life expectancy of stage 3 Polycystic Kidney Disease. In wester, doctors will treat this disease based on the symptoms as mentioned above. However, it cannot treatment this disease and prevent patients from getting kidney failure. After the diagnosis, patients can live almost 10 years before the disease progresses into kidney failure. However, if they take traditional Chinese medicine therapies, they will prolong their life span significantly.

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