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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 Reduce Cysts in PKD

2013-04-13 10:06

Increasing cysts is the typical characteristic of PKD and they are the root cause of kidney damages. Therefore, an effective treatment that can help to reduce kidney cysts means a lot for PKD patients in clinic. Well then, is there such a therapy that can help to achieve this medical purpose? How to reduce cysts in PKD on earth?

PKD is caused by an inherited gene defect and according to current medical technology, this gene defect can not be treatmentd. In PKD, kidney cysts enlarge and occur with the increase of cystic fluids which is secreted by lining cell. Lining cell not only secrete cystic fluid, but also absorb fluid and kidney cyst is formed when the secretion ability of lining cell exceed its absorbing capacity. In this light, by strengthening the absorbing capacity of lining cell and restrain its secretion ability, new cysts will not be formed. In this way, cysts in PKD can be reduced effectively.

Surgery is commonly used by PKD patients and it helps to remove big cysts effectively. However, it only helps to handle with cysts that appear in the outer part of kidney and can not prevent the formation of new kidney cysts. To achieve the purpose of reducing cysts in kidney, PKD patients can try Chinese medicines which have function to adjust immune system, improve blood circulation and activate renal intrinsic cells. Through adjusting immune system and improving blood circulation, internal living environment of lining cell is improved greatly. In a good living environment, activated lining cells give a full play to absorb cystic fluid. In this way, cystic fluid stops pile up and also no new kidney cysts occur appear.

Besides, some Chinese medicines also have function to make pressure difference between inside and outside the cyst. We know fluid flow toward the side with lower pressure, so when pressure outside the cyst is lower than that inside the cyst, cystic fluid ooze out and kidney cysts get shrunk.

Lastly, aside from Chinese medicine, surgery also can be used to reduce cyst in PKD. It reduce cysts in PKD by cutting off kidney cyst directly. It is helpful, but it only helps to deal with big cysts and can not stop the occurrence of new kidney cysts. Also, when big cysts are removed, small kidney cyst enlarge quickly. Therefore, compared with surgery, Chinese medicine is more preferable for PKD patients who want to reduce cysts in kidney.

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