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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 Stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease Life Expectancy

2013-06-06 14:51

What Is Stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease Life ExpectancyHow long can I live with Stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease? What is my life expectancy? One patient asked me again and again, yesterday. I can deeply understand his scare, because stage 5 PKD means nearly all of his kidney function has been damaged by enlarged kidney cysts.

In stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease, patients only have 15% kidney function or less, so they have to live with some kidney replacement treatments or kidney repairing therapies. Most often, it is their own condition and treatment option that decide their life span. From the following content, you can find out different life expectancy of stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease patients with various treatments.


As a common blood purification technology, dialysis is recommended for most people who have end stage kidney disease as well as stage 5 PKD. According to the clinical survey, patients on dialysis usually can live about 5 years. Of course, a healthy diet and well control of complications can prolong patients’ life span.

Kidney transplant

Because no on wants to bear the side effects caused by dialysis treatment, many patients pin their hope on kidney transplant. If they are fortunate to get a successful kidney transplantation, they can live as long as others, but they may need to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their life. Additionally, in some cases, kidney transplant surgery fails or patients suffer from recurrent PKD.


In recent years, this therapy is favored by more and more kidney disease patients, because it absorbs the essence of western medicine, blood purification and herbal medicine. Western medicines are usually used to ease patients’ symptoms, correct blood purification aims to keep a clean internal environment for patients, and herbal medicine has a great effect on shrinking kidney cysts and repairing damaged kidney tissues. Until now, it is the only therapy that may help patients get rid of dialysis or kidney transplant. However, Immunotherapy is based on TCM, so it needs a relatively longer time. If you want to depend it to prolong your life expectancy, you should be more patient.

All of the above treatments can prolong stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease patients’ life expectancy, even though they have a great difference on effects. If you still have any question about these treatment options, you can leave a message or consult the online doctor directly.

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