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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 Patients With High Potassium and Low Iron

2014-07-07 07:30

PKD Patients With High Potassium and Low IronPolycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disorder that will pass on the next generation. It is characterized by multiple cysts on the kidneys. Those cysts will grow with time. The enlarge cysts will lead to some symptoms and damage kidney function. Therefore, PKD patients may have high potassium and low iron level in the blood. Then, how does it happen?

High potassium level in Polycystic Kidney Disease

Kidney is one of the most important organs of our body. Except generating urine to keep the water balance of the body, it also has the function of maintaining electrolyte balance, such as sodium, potassium and phosphorous level in blood. When Polycystic Kidney Disease progresses and caused kidney damage, the kidney cannot function adequately to discharge the excessive potassium. Therefore, the potassium level elevates as you see.

Secondly, PKD patients who have potassium-sparing diuretic are easy to have high potassium level.

Low iron level in Polycystic Kidney Disease

With PKD we can develop a shortage of iron in our blood either from red blood cells being destroyed or a decrease in (EPO) erythropoietin, a hormone that stimulates generation of red blood cells. Kidney is the producer of EPO and damaged kidney due to PKD cannot secret enough erythropoietins to meet the body’s needs, so patients are likely to have low iron level in blood.

The direct result of low iron is anemia. Patients with anemia often have such symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, bad sleep, muscle cramps, chills and so on.

To sum up, the root cause of high potassium and low iron level is the loss of kidney function because of Polycystic Kidney Disease. That is to say, the target of the treatment is to improve renal function by repairing renal tissues. Are there any effective methods to deal with that? Yes! Contact us, and we will give you some suggestions for free of charge.

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