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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.

Do Steroid Injections Harm Kidneys for PKD Patients

2018-07-19 08:14

Question: My 14 years old son has ADPKD and also gets rashes frequently. He is given steroid injections to help the rashes, but I’m concerned it’ll harm his kidneys.

Do Steroid Injections Harm Kidneys for PKD PatientsAnswer: Corticosteroid drugs — including cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone — are useful in treating many conditions, such as rashes, lupus and asthma. But these drugs also carry a risk of serious side effects, such as infections, weight again, moon face, depression, memory loss, diabetes, etc. Those steroids are also commonly used into kidney disease, such as IgA Nephropathy to reduce protein leakage and halt the progression of kidneys. Which kind of steroids do your son take? In general, those steroids do no harm to kidneys, so they can be used safely. However, there are also some other steroids, such as Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve body pain, which have renal toxicity, so you had better not use it without the instruction of doctors.

Treatment to prevent ADPKD getting worse

Now your son is only 14 years old. Generally speaking, patients with PKD will have high blood pressure in 30s, high serum creatinine in 40s and kidney failure in 50s. If you do not want him to develop into kidney failure, it is better to start treatment early rather than simply waiting for the appearance of symptoms. In Beijing Tongshantang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we often use Micro-Chinese Medicine for PKD treatment. This is a great innovation of traditional Chinese medicine, which can infiltrate the micronized herbs into polycystic kidneys to restrain their growth.

The reason why renal cysts keep growing is associated with the abnormal proliferation of renal tubular epithelial cells and lining cells. Chinese medicine can restrain the abnormal activity so as to stop the growth of renal cysts. It can also increase the permeability of cyst wall and pressure difference inside and outside so that fluid can be taken away from inside, and then renal cysts will shrink.

Do steroid injections harm kidneys for PKD? You had better talk with your doctor before the injection. And if you are interested in the above PKD treatment, please leave a message below or contact online doctor.

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