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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.

Unusual Urine Smell in PKD

2014-07-22 03:58

unusualPolycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is characterized by multiple cysts that are fluid sacs developing in the kidney tissues. The size of the cysts will increase with age, thus causing many symptoms and complications. If you are one of them, you may also experience unusual urine smell.

Why do I experience unusual urine smell with PKD?

Unusual urine smell is always related to Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Well then, how does urinary tract infection occur in PKD? Firstly the cysts in the kidneys will interfere with the normal flow f urine. When the cyst is large, it will compress the nearby tissues, thus delaying the urine flow, which provide a “good” environment for the growth of bacteria. Then a urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria attack.

How can I know I have urinary tract infection?

The symptoms of a lower UTI include:

- Cloudy urine

- Frequent urine, especially at night

- Pain or burning sensation when passing urine

- An urgent need to urinate

- Unusually unpleasant smelling urine

The symptoms of an upper UTI include:

- A high temperature (fever) of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above

- Uncontrollable shivering

- Feeling sick

- Vomiting or diarrhea

How to get rid of the unusual smell urine?

As mentioned above, urinary tract infection is quite likely the cause. In that case, you can take antibiotics in a short term. What’s more, drinking plenty of water, sipping cranberry juice or take cranberry supplements, and loading up on vitamin C can help you flush away or fight against the bacteria in your urinary tract.

However, in the long run, improving kidney function so as to prevent from cyst enlargement and infection can solve the underlying problem. We have innovative therapies and professional teams, which can help you to get rid of your trouble. However, treatment differs from person to person, so if you want some suggestions, you can talk with our doctors online or leave a message below. We are glad to answer any questions you may have.

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