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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.

Polycystic Kidney Disease and UTI

2014-12-01 02:28

 Polycystic Kidney Disease and UTIUTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is common among people with ADPKD (Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease), and are a particular problem for women. These infections should always be taken seriously and fully investigated, because frequent UTI may worsen kidney function in some people with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Causes of UTI among PKD patients

Urinary Tract Infection occurs among Polycystic Kidney Disease patients is always due to the enlargement of kidney cysts. The big cysts compress nearby organs, so they can interfere the normal flow of urine by narrowing the pathways of urine. Even a minor delays in the flow increase your chance of an infection. It is also possible that kidney cyst infection itself cause urinary tract infection.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

The most common symptoms of UTI include:

1. Pain or burning sensation when you urinate

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

3. Fever, Chills, and back pain (when infection travels up to the kidneys).

Treatment for UTI

1. Antibiotics

Generally, an infection is treated firstly by antibiotics. People with Polycystic Kidney Disease may need to take a higher dosage, or long course of low-dosage. Consult our doctors online or email to for free suggestions.

2. Chinese herbs

Some diuretic herbs like hydrangea, parsley, dandelion leaves, and corn silks are common diuretics. They can increase the amount of urine that passes through the bladder, thus helping wash away bacteria.

Another herb, uva ursi, helps to kill bacteria. In Europe, uva ursi is widely used to treat UTI.

3. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy

Unlike oral medicines, this therapy is not a simple herb but a composition of hundreds of traditional Chinese herbs and is used externally. The micronized medicines are put into two small bags and are then soaked with medical fluid. With osmotic device, the ingredients can permeate into kidneys directly, acting on kidney cyst by inhibiting fluid excretion and improving discharge of wastes. About 30 years of clinic practices prove this therapy to be very natural and effective for shrinking kidney cysts in Polycystic Kidney Disease patients.

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