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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 Big Can A Kidney Cyst Grow in PKD

2013-05-08 12:07

How big can a kidney cyst grow in PKD? Increasing cyst in kidney is the typical characteristic of PKD and without timely and effective control, these cysts will grow bigger and bigger. Therefore, many PKD patients wonder how big can a kidney cyst grow.

Why kidney cyst enlarge over time?

In cases of PKD, kidney cyst enlarge over time because of the increased cystic fluid which is yellow and secreted by lining cell. Kidney is composed of various tissues and when kidney cyst becomes large, surrounding kidney tissues will be oppressed and threatened. Kidney function keeps decreasing when more and more kidney tissues are damaged and fail to work properly.

How big can a kidney cyst grow in PKD?

Kidney cyst becomes larger and larger with the increase of cystic fluids. For an individual with PKD, without effective treatment, his kidney will be full of cysts, which will make his kidneys bigger than before and finally his kidneys may take up the whole enterocoelia. In such a case, PKD patients can feel the hard mass when they touch their abdomen.

It is hard to give out an accurate answer about how big can a kidney cyst grow in PKD, as enlarged kidney cysts rupture easily. In many cases, PKD patients suffer from sudden severe back pain and blood urine, which are actually caused by rupture of kidney cyst. Under such a case, patients need to go to doctor for measures as it can cause kidney infection and peritonitis which may accelerate PKD to kidney failure.

How to deal with large cyst in PKD?

Currently, there are mainly two ways to deal with large cysts in kidney: surgery and Chinese medicines.

Surgery: surgery treats helps PKD patients to remove cyst by draining fluid and then inject alcohol to inactivate lining cell. This helps to remove big kidney cyst radically, but clinical observation reveal small kidney cyst enlarge quickly when big cysts are removed.

Chinese medicine: Chinese medicines treat cyst in PKD by shrinking all the cysts at one time. Enlarged kidney cysts are the root cause of kidney damages, so when they are shrunk effectively, further kidney damages are avoided and kidney function stops decreasing. What is more, with effective ingredients in Chinese medicines, some injured kidney cells can be repaired and kidney function can be improved.

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