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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 Frequent Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

2013-03-22 14:15

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) can cause frequent Urinary Tract Infection (UTR) which is more common among female patients because of their special physical structure. Urinary tract infection should be taken seriously, because it can worsen kidney condition and accelerate PKD. However, how do we know if we are suffering from UTR and how to prevent it?

Symptoms of UTI in PKD

Urinary Tract Infection is one of the common complication of PKD and with UTI, we usually have the following several symptoms:

1. Burning sensation or pain when we are urinating.

2. Frequent urge to urinate, but always pass small amount of urine.

3. UTI may cause kidney infection which can bring us fever, chills and lower back pain.

4. Strong unpleasant smell of urine

5. Cloudy, dark or bloody urine

According to clinical survey, approximately 30 to 50 percent of patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease will have urinary tract infection during their life time. Therefore, if you are a PKD patient, you should pay much more attention to yourself to know if you have the above symptoms. Also, if you happen to found you have some or all of the above symptoms, antibiotics will be helpful.

How to prevent urinary tract infection in PKD?

1. Drinking more water will help to rush bacterium in urinary tract away, which helps to prevent UTR to some extent. However, this method is not adoptable for all the PKD patients, because some of them may need to limit fluid intake because of decreased kidney condition.

2. Avoid pure fruit juices, alcohol and caffeine-containing drinks as they can irritate the bladder and increase your risk of developing UTI.

3. Wear underwear that made of natural materials like cotton, instead of thongs.

4. For female PKD patients, please remember to wash the genital area before sexual intercourse.

5. Wiping from front to back after urinating or a bowel movement also help to reduce your risk of UTI.

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