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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 Shortness of Breath

2013-05-14 10:44

will PKD cause shortness of breathI have PKD and shortness of breath, is this symptom related with my kidney problem? This is a question from a young lady whose brother and father both die of Polycystic Kidney Disease. As for the question: Will PKD cause shortness of breath? We will give explanation in the following content.

Shortness of breath is a worrisome symptom and can be caused by many illness conditions. PKD is a kidney disorder that can cause cyst formation in kidney. It is a genetic problem and passed down from generation to generation. The major complains among PKD patients include lower back pain, hematuria, urinary tract infection and high blood pressure and so on. Most of the time, patients do not experience shortness of breath in early stage of illness condition. However, PKD is an incurable disease and progresses to kidney failure easily. With advanced illness condition, PKD sufferers may experience various symptoms, including shortness of breath.

In general, PKD causes shortness of breath in the following several situations:

1. Severe pulmonary swelling

Fluid retention is a common clinical manifestation of kidney problem and may occur due to high protein loss in urine and sodium retention in blood. In the beginning, swelling may only appear in the body parts with loose tissues like eyelid, face, ankle, feet, leg and testis for male. Without timely and effective management, the swelling may spread to the whole body and even lung. Pulmonary swelling is a major and common cause of shortness of breath.

2. Anemia

In PKD, kidney structure can be seriously damaged by the enlarged and increasing kidney cysts. Kidney damage can slow down production of a hormone called erythropoietin, which leads to a low red blood cell count. This causes anemia that can make you feel tired and experience shortness of breath easily.

3. Metabolic acidosis

Metabolic acidosis is an illness condition and may appear when kidneys fail to discharge excess acidic material. With metabolic acidosis, PKD patients will be at high risk for symptom of shortness of breath.

Since PKD can cause shortness of breath in different ways, it is of great importance for PKD patients to found out the root cause and then take corresponding measures. (Anything unclear, please feel free to consult our consultant online or leave message to directly)

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