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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.

Is Lots of Fatigue Related to ADPKD

2015-10-07 03:40

Is Lots of Fatigue Related to ADPKDADPKD (Autosomal Dominent Polycystic Kidney Disease) is a common type of PKD. Fatigue is an issue in PKD. If you have lots of fatigue related to ADPKD, you need immediate treatment. Here are some suggestions. Any questions, you can email to us at or leave a message below.

Cause of fatigue in ADPKD

Autosomal Dominent Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disorder causing numerous cysts on bilateral kidneys. These kidney cysts can grow very large and compress nearby tissues, including the kidneys. As a result, ischemia and hypoxia occurs inside the kidneys, renal tissue fibrosis starts and kidneys cannot produce enough EPO, a hormone that is very necessary for the generation of red blood cells. This condition, reduction of red blood cells, is called Anemia. That is the main reason why ADPKD patients have lots of fatigue.

Another cause may be malnutrition since patients maintain a restricted diet for a long time. Protein intake is limited and patients cannot get enough calories.

Management for fatigue in ADPKD

First of all, patients can make some diet changes. Getting enough calories is suggested. In that case, foods rich in vitamins and high-quality protein like bread, lean meat, fish, beans and nuts, etc. But some of them are high in phosphorous and maybe not suitable for some patients. You can ask your dietitian to make a diet plan for you.

Secondly, the root cause of fatigue in ADPKD is damaged kidney function. At this point, I recommend traditional Chinese herbs. In our hospital, Shijiazhuang Hetaiheng Hospital, we mainly use Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy. It is an external application based on Traditional Chinese herbs. With penetrant liquid and osmosis device, the effective ingredients can permeate into kidney lesions directly. They can shrink kidney cyst and reduce pressure on renal tissues. They can also purify the blood and increase blood circulation so that kidneys can get enough blood volume and oxygen to function well.

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