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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.

Urinary tract infection and Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

2014-09-01 07:27

Urinary tract infection and Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is vary common in Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) patients. Approximately 30 to 50 percent of them will have a urinary tract infection (UTI) during their lifetime, especially among women. This kind of infection should be taken seriously and fully investigated, because frequent UTI may worsen kidney function in some people with PKD.

If you suspect you have a UTI, seek treatment immediately from your doctor. The infection usually starts in the bladder, but it can spread to the cysts in the kidneys. These infections are more difficult to treat because many antibiotics cannot penetrate into the cyst fluid.


1. Kidney cysts

Polycystic Kidney Disease is characterized by a cluster of cysts on kidneys. When the cyst grows to a certain size, it will compress the other tissues and can interfere with the normal flow of urine, and even minor delays in the flow. That increase your chance of an infection. It is also possible that kidney cyst make infections more likely by altering the tissues of the kidneys.

2. Kidney stone

Kidney stone is the other common complication in Polycystic Kidney Disease. When the stones pass through the ureter, it will block the urine flow. As a result, bacteria will generate here and thus cause urinary tract infection.


1. Pain or a burning sensation when you urinate.

2. An urgent need to pass often small amounts of urine.

3. Fever, chills, and back pain (when the infection is in the kidneys).


It is very important for your doctor to collect a urine sample from you for culture. This is to enable the laboratory to grow or “culture” any bacteria in your urine sample to make sure that you can be given the right antibiotic.

If the germ is different with each infection, this suggests that the bacteria are coming from outside the body. If the same germ is found each time, the antibiotics may not be destroying the infection, and you need another treatment.


Any UTI should be treated promptly with appropriate antibiotics. People with ADPKD may need to take a higher dose of antibiotics, and an infection in a cyst is likely to need a longer course of treatment.

However, antibiotics can only help you control urinary tract infection but cannot solve the underlying problem, namely, damaged kidney function. Therefore, I recommend you take Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy. If you want to know more about this therapy, you can leave a message below or contact our doctor online directly.

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