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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.

Can People with Stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease Avoid Dialysis

2013-04-16 14:21

Can People with Stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease Avoid Dialysis

In Stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease, the kidneys usually function at below 15% of their normal capacity that is more likely to cause some healthy problems. Then, the doctor may suggest patients with Stage 5 PKD to start dialysis. Can people with stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease avoid dialysis? Is dialysis their only choice without kidney transplant?

The progression of Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic Kidney Disease is an inherited kidney disorder but develops very slowly, so symptoms and healthy problems usually don’t develop until adulthood. This is why many people with PKD remain well and free of healthy problems for years after their condition is diagnosed. However, over time, more and more cysts, sometimes up to several hundred, grow in the kidneys, and then these cysts press on the normal parts of the kidney and replace a large part of normal kidney tissues. As a result, patients’ kidney becomes larger and larger and kidney function loses badly. When more than 85% of kidney function loses, it means patients’ condition has developed Stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease in which patients have to begin dialysis or do kidney transplant without any other effective treatment.

Can people with stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease avoid dialysis?

From the above analysis, the exact time when patients with PKD should begin dialysis is decided by how low their kidney function is. If these patients want to avoid dialysis or further dialysis, the best and only method is to improve patients’ kidney function. However, individuals with Stage 5 PKD have a great difference in choosing the exact treatment to improve their kidney function, because not only the treatments but also patients’ lifestyle both affects their kidney’s work. Correct treatments and healthy life indeed can help patients with Stage 5 PKD improve their kidney function so as to avoid dialysis or further dialysis, but this needs the joint effort of doctor and patients.

If you are diagnosed with Stage 5 PKD and wonder how to live without dialysis, you are suggested to make the doctor know your specific condition so that doctor can tell you which treatment is suitable for you and can help you improve your kidney function. If any confusion, you can leave message to us.

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