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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.

Can We Treat PKD Before the Cysts Kill The Kidney

2013-05-02 16:38

Can We Treat PKD Before the Cysts Kill The KidneyCan we treat PKD before the cysts kill the kidney? This is a question that is worth thinking by all the people. PKD is a genetic kidney problem, so it can be found early. However, as there is no treatment for PKD so far, many patients are told to wait until the kidney cysts cause kidney damages and this lead to the misconception easily that PKD can not be treated before the cysts kill the kidney and patients can do nothing once being diagnosed with this genetic kidney problem.

PKD can not be treatmentd as we can not help to remove the abnormal gene; however, this does not mean we can do nothing. For PKD patients who are told to have cysts in kidney but fortunately their kidney function has not been affected, they can delay the kidney damages, and even protect their kidney function from being affected by these cysts.

In PKD cases, kidney function begin to decrease when kidney tissues are damaged and fail to work properly. Enlarged and increasing kidney cysts are the direct cause of these kidney damages, so by treating kidney cysts, kidney tissues can be protected and kidney damages can be avoided. In this way, kidney function can be preserved. In many cases, patients are prescribed with medications to deal with symptoms when kidney damages are caused. Tight control of PKD symptoms will be help to slow down illness condition, but it can not prevent further kidney damages. And at that moment, some kidney tissues have lost their working ability and burden on the residual kidney tissues is relatively higher. Under such a condition, the residual kidney tissues and kidney function is affected easily. Therefore, compared with PKD patients whose kidney function has been impaired, these whose kidneys have not been killed by cyst can effectively protect kidney function easier.

Surgery is an option to deal with kidney cysts and it helps to prevent kidney damages to some extent. However, becasue of its short treatment effects and limitation (it only can be used to remove big cysts in the outter part of the kidney), it is not an ideal solution. For PKD patients, to receive long-term treatment effects, they can try Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy which is based on Chinese herbs and has been proven to has ability to shrink kidney cysts. When cysts in kidney are shrunk effectively, kidney damages are avoided and kidney function is protected, which means a lot for the patients. Although micro-Chinese medicines work slowly, its treatment effects can last a very long time. Therefore, compared with surgery, it is more preferable for the PKD patients who want to treat their disease before the cysts kill their kidney.

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