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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.

PKD Effects on Red Blood Cells

2014-06-22 09:01

PKD Effects on Red Blood Cells

Have you ever experienced fatigue or weakness with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)? If so, you are possibly suffering from anemia, which is caused by the reduced generation of red blood cells. Is it likely to be induced by PKD? What are the effects of PKD on red blood cells?

PKD effects on red blood cells

Kidney is the producer of EPO (erythropoietin), which is responsible for the generation of red blood cells. Because of PKD, damaged kidney often cannot make enough EPO. As a result, the bone marrow makes fewer red blood cells and patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease generally have anemia. However, it is not common in the early stage of PKD. If PKD patients have persistent hematuria, they will have slight anemia. When the disease progresses into advanced stages, anemia will become severer.

How to increase red blood cells in PKD?

- Shrink kidney cyst

This is the underlying solution of increasing red blood cells. If kidney cysts can be shrunk or eliminated, less damaged on kidney tissues will be caused. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is highly recommended, because it can repair the injured renal tissues and rebuild the normal kidney structure.

- Injection of EPO and drugs

Injection of EPO is the most direct way to increase red blood cells. Besides, in some cases, doctors may prescribe patients with some drugs to treat this condition. However, long-term usage of these medicines may lead to some side effects.

- Diet

A healthy eating plan is important as well. Patients are recommended to eat foods loaded with iron, vitamin B 12 and folic acid and so on. To decrease the workload of kidneys, patients should stay away from salted foods, high-protein foods, spicy foods, alcohol and tobacco products as much as possible.

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