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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.

Aneurysm in Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

2013-04-23 17:07

Aneurysm in Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)People with Polycystic Kidney Disease have a high incidence of aneurysm especially intracranial aneurysm, which is one leading cause of PKD patients’ death in the early stage. Therefore, to prevent and control aneurysm is fairly important for these patients.

Causes of aneurysm

An aneurysm is an abnormal spot on a blood vessels. It can affect any vessel in the body but only those in the head can cause a serious medical condition, a hemorrhagic stroke when they rupture, which can lead to brain damage and death. However, they are difficult to discover unless they rupture, causing bleeding into the brain or the space closely surrounding the brain.

Generally, weakness in the artery wall, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and genetic link can contribute to the causes of aneurysm. For people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, high blood pressure is the most common cause of aneurysm in Polycystic Kidney Disease, while high blood pressure is mainly caused by too big kidney cysts. In light of this, keeping high blood pressure in the normal range and shrinking kidney cysts are the key to prevent the aneurysm or its rupture.

Symptoms of aneurysm in Polycystic Kidney Disease

Very small aneurysm usually doesn’t cause any symptoms, but as it grows the following symptoms may occur.

● Very severe and sudden headache

● Nausea and vomiting

● Eyesight problems

● Loss of consciousness

● Seizures

● Light sensitivity

● A drooping eyelid

● Stiff neck

● Bleeding in the brain (if the aneurysm ruptures)

Treatment of aneurysm in Polycystic Kidney Disease

If you have one or more symptoms the above mentioned, you should take relevant treatment as soon as possible. Besides treating the aneurysm, controlling high blood pressure and shrinking kidney cysts are also necessary to prevent further healthy problems or even death. According to patients’ condition, the doctor will help them make correct treatment plan. Never take any medicines without the permission of the doctor.

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