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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.

Is Aspirin Safe for Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients

2013-04-11 10:06

Is Aspirin Safe for Polycystic Kidney Disease PatientsWith the growth of kidney cysts, most of patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease are more likely to suffer from kidney pain, back pain or headache. To relief their pain, some doctor may prescribe aspirin, a common painkiller, for them. However, is aspirin safe for Polycystic Kidney Disease? The following is a beautiful woman’s narrative.

“I have had PKD for more than 12 years. During these years, I have always lived a quiet and painless life, but recently my kidneys just hurt real bad especially at night. My primary doctor suggests me to start taking 1 aspirin a day. Is it harmful for my healthy?” Many other patients are also faced by this dilemma that their pain urgers them to take some painkillers, but these medicines may be harmful for them.

Is aspirin safe for Polycystic Kidney Disease

As for aspirin, it is one kind of analgesic-antipyretic that has a long history. In our daily life, aspirin is often used in blood clots, heart attack, headache, pain and preventive health care. Among these medical disorders, headache and pain in back or kidney are two common symptoms of PKD and this is why some people with PKD are suggested by their doctor to use aspirin to ease their pain. However, in fact, it will bring quite a number of side effects for these patients.

The biggest side effect of aspirin is that it can harm patients’ kidneys, make the kidney function decline and cause necrosis of renal papilla. As a result, proteinuria, cylindruria, low potassium level, etc, occurs easily. In view of this, people with PKD had better avoid aspirin to keep their condition from worsening.

Alternative treatment to aspirin

From the above, we can know aspirin is not suitable for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients. To ease these patients’ severe pain and control their condition, the best treatment is to shrink their kidney cysts and protect their kidney function. Therefore, people with PKD should seek such effective treatment rather than only easing their pain.

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