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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 Joint Pain A PKD Symptom

2013-04-26 12:02

is joint pain a PKD symptomPKD always brings patients lots of symptoms like high blood pressure, back pain, urinary tract infection and kidney stone. However, some PKD patients recently complain joint pain which is not life-threatening but uncomfortable. So, if joint pain a PKD symptom becomes a topic among them.

Actually, joint pain is not so common among PKD patients and only a small group of them experience this symptom. There are many cases for joint pain in clinic and for PKD patients, they may suffer from joint pain because of the following several conditions:

1. PKD is a genetic problem on kidney which is in charge of keeping balance of electrolyte. When kidney function is affected seriously, electrolyte disturbance will occur. For people with PKD, they suffer from low calcium easily and this may cause them renal osteopathy which is marked by symptoms like bone fracture, bone deformation and bone pain, especially joint pain.

2. Infectional arthritis also can bring PKD patients’ joint pain symptom. PKD is marked by countless cysts in kidney. These kidney cysts enlarge ove time and they may damage surrounding glomerular filtration membrane, leading to proteinuria. Protein is an important antibody which can help us fight against infection. When large amounts of protein are lost in urine, PKD patients become susceptible for infection. Under such a condition, infectional arthritis and joint pain occur easily.

3. In PKD cases, damaged kidneys fail to discharge uric acid timely and effectively, leading to hyperuricemia which is one of the leading cause for joint pain in clinic.

The above are the three possible causes of joint pain for PKD patients. Joint pain is torturous and makes patients unable in having a good rest. It affect patients’ life serious, so if any PKD patient found he has joint pain, going to doctor for remedies is necessary. Besides, for joint pain caused by PKD, improving kidney function is the key point, as only when the root cause is removed, can the problem be solved radically.

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