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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.

Will Polycystic Kidney Disease Cause Headache

2013-04-09 18:11

will polycystic kidney disease cause headacheIs it possible for a Polycystic Kidney Disease patient to have headache? This is a question posted by a patient who is newly diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease. Polycystic kidney problem is genetic and mostly, it causes no headache. However, why some patients complain headache? And in what conditions will Polycystic Kidney Disease cause headache?

Generally speaking, headache problem in Polycystic Kidney Disease always associate with high blood pressure and brain aneurysm:

High blood pressure: Elevated blood pressure is a common symptom of kidney problem. For people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, when enlarge cysts oppress surrounding kidney tissues and make them unable in working, kidney function will decrease. Kidneys have function to adjust blood pressure and when their function is affected, blood pressure increases. In such a case, an effective control of blood pressure will help to remit headache. High blood pressure not only can cause headache, but also can accelerate Polycystic Kidney Disease to kidney failure, so it is very beneficial to bring blood pressure into normal range.

Brain aneurysm: Polycystic Kidney Disease can cause many complications like kidney stone, frequent urinary tract infection, polycystic liver, brain aneurysm and kidney failure and so on. Among these complications, brain aneurysm is not so common, but it indeed brings patients headache symptoms. Therefore, for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients who have a regular headache, they should take it seriously. Besides, if the brain aneurysm ruptures, it will lead to a life-threatening effect to you. In this light, it is very necessary for patients to take MRI to find out if the headache is related with brain aneurysm.

Headache is just one of the symptoms of Polycystic Kidney Disease, but it can be caused by many illness conditions. Finding out the root cause of headache not only helps patients reduce sufferings, but also help to avoid life-threatening conditions, so it is means a lot for Polycystic Kidney Disease to take medical measures when headache occurs.

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