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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.

Hernia and Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-06-30 16:46

Hernia and Polycystic Kidney DiseasePolycystic Kidney Disease, as the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, may cause many complications outside of the kidney such as brain aneurysm, liver cysts and hernia problems. As for hernias especially abdominal wall hernia, it affects approximately 45% of people with PKD.

What causes hernia problems for PKD patients?

A hernia is an area of weakness in a muscle, and it occurs when an organ or fatty tissues squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissues. In Polycystic Kidney Disease, abdominal wall hernia is quite common.

As PKD cysts grow larger and larger, they will enlarge the kidneys, thus increasing the pressure in patients’ abdomen. In this condition, abdominal wall hernias, located on the midline above the belly button or in the groin area, occurs easily.

Symptoms of hernia in PKD

When PKD patients have hernia, they are more likely to have the following symptoms:

- Masses in abdomen

- Abdominal distension

- Abdominal pain

- Constipation

- Dyspepsia

- Affecting patients’ walking

How to treat hernia for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease?

According to patients’ specific condition, two treatment options can be used: conservative therapy and surgery.

Conservative therapy: It contains drugs and hernia truss. The drugs and medications are used to ease patients’ abdominal distension, abdominal pain, constipation and other symptoms so as to relieve patients’ hernia. Hernia truss is considered as the safest instrument to treat hernia.

Surgery: At present, surgery is the only way to treatment hernia completely and the best treatment for abdominal wall hernias, but not all hernias require surgical repair. Small hernias may be monitored by conservative therapy.

Besides the above treatment, shrinking kidney cysts is a must to prevent the recurrent hernia for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease. Only if kidney cysts reduces naturally and the pressure on abdomen is reduced, patients can get rid of hernia completely. Any confusion, feel free to let us know.

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