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PKD & Kidney Cysts

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.

Stage 3 PKD, Gout and Muscular Cramps, Avoid Dialysis

2013-05-23 15:37

Stage 3 PKD, Gout and Muscular Cramps, Avoid DialysisPatient: I have stage 3 Polycystic Kidney Disease, and I get the gout and muscular cramps. How to treat them? In fact, my biggest fear is actually dialysis. Is it possible for me to avoid dialysis?

Experts: Normally, the healthy kidneys have five kinds of functioning cells: glomerular epithelial cell, glomerular endothelial cell, interstitial fibroblast, glomerular mesangial cell and renal tubular epithelial cell.

In stage 3 PKD, also called swelling stage, a lot of kidney cysts have developed in the kidneys, some of which are larger than 4cm. Here, these cysts will oppress their surrounding kidney tissues and damage the above five kinds of kidney functioning cells. When these cells can’t work normally, more and more wastes such as uric acid and creatinine will build up in the body and the mineral balance will also be disturbed. Gout is a consequence of high uric acid level, while muscular cramp is a result of mineral imbalance.

Now, we know the cyst expansion and low kidney function is the root cause of the above symptoms. If you want to avoid dialysis, the following methods are needed. Finishing the following content, you can consult the online doctor if you have any confusion.

Keeping your condition from worsening: High blood pressure and proteinuria are two big risks for your condition. In stage 3 PKD, most patients find they have hypertension and proteinuria. If so, controlling them is very necessary to protect your remaining kidney function.

Shrinking kidney cysts: Since cystic expansion is the root cause of kidney damage and a series of symptoms, shrinking kidney cysts is the most important step in the whole treatment. Surgery and Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy are two common treatment choices. Before taking either of them, make sure they are suitable for you.

Once the progression of your condition can be reversed or at least stopped, you can avoid dialysis successfully.

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