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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.

Treatment for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)

2015-03-10 07:24

Treatment for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is a common type of PKD that attacks adults. Treatment for ADPKD is very important to slow down the progression of kidney damage.

Goals of treatment for ADPKD

-Control blood pressure

-Treat urinary tract infection

-Treat hematuria

-Relieve pain produced by enlarged kidneys

-Control abnormalities related to Renal Failure

To achieve these goals, patients have to make some changes of diet and activities. In addition, proper medicines are more important and you patients should talk with their doctors. I would like to give you a general guidance. You can consult our doctors online to get more details.

Diet and activities

A low-salt diet is recommended when hypertension or renal failure is present. The recommended amount of salt is 1,500 mg each day, and less salt may be perfect.

Controlled protein diet may be also necessary to decrease the stress on kidneys since protein metabolism will result in many wastes.


Patients should avoid contact sports in which direct trauma to the back or abdomen is likely. This is especially important with larger, palpable kidneys in order to minimize the risk of rupture.

Yet, some mild activities like swimming, biking, walking and Tai Chi are OK to be taken.


-Western medicine: They are usually available in many stores, but should be taken carefully since some of them may cause kidney damage. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the dosage.

-Herbal medicine

I recommended Chinese herbs because they are natural for recovering health. Commonly used Chines herbs for ADPKD are uva ursi, salvia miltiorrhiza, tripterygium wilfordii and dandelion root, etc. What’s more, external applications like Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy may be used. The key effect of Chinese herbal medicines are improving blood circulation and repairing damaged renal tissues. Therefore, they can inhibit the growth of kidney cyst and protect remaining kidney function.

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