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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 PKD Cause Leg Cramp

2013-04-25 10:26

Will PKD Cause Leg CrampWill PKD cause leg cramp? PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) patients may found they begin to experience various health tissues like leg cramp when their kidney function goes down. Therefore, they highly believe there is relationship between PKD and leg cramp.

Will PKD cause leg cramp?

PKD is an inherited kidney disorder with increasing fluid collection in kidney. These cysts may appear in any part of kidney. What is worse, they enlarge over time, which will damage surrounding kidney tissues and impair kidney function. Therefore, stopping kidney cysts from enlarging is the key point of PKD treatment.

Leg cramp, also known as nighttime leg cramp, especially calf-muscle cramps, are fairly common. With leg cramp, PKD patients will experience sudden, painful involuntary contractions of a leg muscle. PKD is a problem in kidney, so it seems there is no relationship between it and leg cramp, However, as a matter of fact, PKD indeed can cause leg cramp in some cases.

How does PKD cause leg cramp?

PKD is a kidney problem, but it may involve all the systems of our body. In general, for people with PKD, leg cramp occurs easily in the following several conditions:

1. Low-calcium and low-potassium

Kidney is the organ which is in charge of keping electrolyte balance. For PKD patients, affected kidney fail to work properly, as a result of which, electrolyte disturbance like low-calcium, low-potassium and high phosphorus occurs. Both low-calcium and low-potassium can cause leg cramp.

2. Acidosis

Acidosis is another cause of leg cramp at night and refers to an increased acidity in the blood and other body tissue. Acidosis occurs easily when kidneys fail to discharge acidic materials and for patients with PKD in advanced stage, they are at high risk for acidosis.

3. Dehydration

Dehydration means that our body has lost too much fluid. For PKD patients with dehydration, they suffer from leg cramps easily.

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