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PKD & Kidney Cysts

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.

How Does Polycystic Kidney Disease Affect People

2013-04-02 09:45

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a gene-related kidney disorder and pass down from generation to generation. For people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, they must know well about the harms of this disease, however, for these who are newly diagnosed, they may have no idea about how Polycystic Kidney Disease affect people.

PKD, the abbreviation of Polycystic Kidney Disease, is a kidney problem characterized by countless yellow fluid-filled cysts in kidney. These cysts enlarge over time and damage surround kidney tissues. Polycystic Kidney Disease affect people by making them unable in living a normal and healthy life.

In the very begining of PKD, patients may feel no obvious discomforts, but with imageological examination, cysts in kidney can be found. These cysts become larger and larger and when they enlarge to a certain size, various pain will be caused like groin pain, kidney pain, flank pain and abdominal pain and so on. Sometimes, the pain is too serious to endure and in such a case, painkiller will be helpful.

Kidney is an important organ with multiple functions. When kidney function is impaired by these enlarged cysts, sufferers will experience a series of symptoms like high blood pressure, proteinuria, frequent urination at night, nausea, poor appetite, sleep problem, decreased urine output and swelling and so on. In Polycystic Kidney Disease, kidney cysts enlarge because of increased cystic fluid. When kidney cysts grow to a certain size, they become rupture easily. With ruptured kidney cyst, Polycystic Kidney Disease patients will suffer from blood urine, kidney infection and even peritonitis. These problems affect patient’s life serious and may accelerate PKD. Therefore, it is necessary for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients to prevent these terrible conditions in advance.

Kidney failure will be the final consequence if Polycystic Kidney Disease progression can not be stopped effectively. Kidney failure is a more serious medical condition and usually needs dialysis or kidney transplant to manage. With kidney failure, patients are at high risk for serious complications like heart failure, brain aneurysm, urinary tract infection, polycystic liver disease and kidney stone and so on.

Lastly, although Polycystic Kidney Disease is an illness condition that occurs in kidney, it can involve various systems like nerve system, digestive system and respiratory system and so on. Therefore, once being diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease, their life will be affected seriously in different ways.

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