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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.

How to Avoid Dialysis with PKD

2013-04-05 14:33

Dialysis is the most common blood purification method and can be adopted by PKD patients when their illness condition runs to kidney failure stage. Dialysis is torturous and what is worse, it can not help to solve kidney problem radically. Therefore, how to avoid dialysis with PKD becomes a hot topic among people who are suffering from this kind of kidney problem.

Dialysis is used to remove wastes in blood and usually adopted when kidneys can no longer take care of patient’s body’s needs. Therefore, for PKD patients who still have not started dialysis, the best method to avoid dialysis is to stop PKD from deteriorating to kidney failure.

PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) is an inherited kidney disorder which can cause different sizes of cysts in kidney. These cysts may appear inside the kidney and also the outside of the kidney. They enlarge over time and with the increase and enlargement of the cysts, kidney function decreases. In this light, stopping the increase and enlargement of kidney cyst is the key point to avoid end stage kidney failure and dialysis.

Clinically, different medical methods can be used to deal with cysts in PKD like surgery and Chinese medicines. Surgery and Chinese medicine are different medical methods and they treat PKD totally differently. Surgery is the most direct way to remove big cysts in kidney, but it only can be used to deal with cysts in the outer part of the kidney. Inside the kidney, there are lots of kidney tissues and tiny blood vessels which are damaged easily by surgery, so PKD patients are usually not recommended to handle with big cysts inside the kidney. Different from surgery, Chinese medicine is usable for all the cysts in kidney. Chinese medicine treats PKD by increasing permeability of cystic wall, improving blood circulation and adjusting pressure inside the cyst and outside the cyst. When pressure outside the cyst is lower than that inside the cyst and permeability of cystic wall is increased, fluids inside the cyst ooze out easily and kidney cysts are shrunk effectively. When kidney cyst is not a threat for kidney function any more, PKD stops progressing and dialysis is avoided.

Compared with surgery, Chinese medicine shows treatment effects relatively slowly, so if PKD patients choose Chinese medicines, they must be patient and insist on it for some time. In PKD, Chinese medicine is often used together with western medicines. By combining Chinese medicines and western medicines, PKD can be stopped radically and dialysis can be avoided effectively.

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