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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.

Liver Cyst in Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-06-24 13:59

Generally, cysts in Polycystic Kidney Disease first arise from kidneys and then develop in livers or other organs. When the liver cysts are small in size, patients commonly have no symptoms, but some symptoms may appear with the growth of these cysts. Patients may have abdominal pain, fever, jaundice, loss of weight, swollen abdomen, etc.

How common is liver cyst in PKD?

It is revealed that more than 85% of patients who have Polycystic Kidney Disease will have liver cyst by age 30, even though most of them don’t know they have it. However, with age, liver cysts become larger and more numerous. What’s more, women with PKD usually have larger liver cysts than men.

What are the symptoms of liver cysts?

Most people with liver cysts can still have normal or near-normal liver function, so some of them may never recognize they have this type of cysts. In some cases, patients may develop early satiety, abdominal fullness, difficulty breathing, cyst infection, fever, pain and so on. It is the time to get some managements once patients have one or more symptoms the above mentioned.

What are the treatments for liver cyst

Here, we would like to introduce several treatment options for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease and liver cyst.

1. Drainage: The simplest way to treat a liver cyst is to drain it. During this procedure, a needle is inserted into the abdomen and imaging techniques guid the tip into the cyst. As a result, sac fluid is drained. Drainage is a relatively non-invasive approach to treating liver cysts but may cause these cysts fill again with fluid.

2. Cyst wall removal: Through removing part of the wall of liver cysts, it can make the fluid drained out of the cyst into abdominal cavity and prevent the cyst from refilling.

3. Herbal medicines: As a conservative therapy, herbal medicines aim to improve the permeability of cystic walls and inhibit the secretion of fluid. Another advantage of herbal medicines is to shrink all kidney cysts simultaneously without pain and dangers.

If you are diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease, liver cyst may be your another concern. Early detection of liver cyst and correct management is a must to avoid your liver damage or even liver failure. If you haven’t find a correct treatment, you can tell us.

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