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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.

Why And Why Not Kidney Transplant For PKD

2013-04-10 16:44

Kidney transplant is considered an effective and ideal treatment option for PKD patients because renal functions will be restored, dialysis will be stopped, life quality will be greatly improved. What is more, the renal cyst will not grow in the transplant kidney again, therefore it is often considered the last hope and best treatment for end stage PKD patients.

However from the long run, kidney transplant can bring some health problems to the patients such as organ rejection, various infections, side effects and complications of antirejection drugs.

Therefore it is necessary to know what kidney transplant will bring including both benefits and disadvantages before deciding to have this surgery. Though the success rate has been greatly improved, kidney transplant is still a major surgery, therefore more caution should be paid.

After the surgery, patients will have to take many anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their life. Long term using of these drugs will affect the survival rate and life span of the transplanted kidney. What is more, many healthy problems will be caused such as elevated blood pressure and blood cholesterol, low immunity and cancers.

In the first few years, PKD patients can benefit a lot from the donor kidney. They need not to go to the hospital to have regular dialysis any more and they lead a normal life just as healthy people. Clinical symptoms and complications are relieved and controlled such as back pain, high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, frequent urination at night, blood in urine, protein in urine, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, etc.

However the survival rate will be greatly lowered. Survival rate for 1 year kidney transplant is 90% and it is lowered to 60% after 5 years. It has been shown that in the United States there are half patients will develop renal failure again after kidney transplant. Also it has some influence to the donor. About 1% kidney donors will themselves develop renal failure after 10-20 years.

If kidney functions can be improved kidney transplant can be avoided. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy can help shrink renal cysts, repair damaged renal tissues and improve kidney functions so as to help patients delay or avoid kidney transplant.

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