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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 Options for Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-04-20 03:03

Currently there is no treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease, so the treatment focus on helping patients increase life quality and prolong life span. Treatment options for Polycystic Kidney Disease include surgery, Chinese medicine, western medicines, dialysis and kidney transplant which treats kidney cysts in different ways and bring different treatment effects.

Surgery: Surgery is the most commonly used treatment for big cysts in kidney. It works by draining kidney cyst and adding alcohol to dry cystic wall. This medical method removes big cysts radically, but unfortunately, clinical observation found small kidney cyst enlarge quickly when big kidney cysts are removed. From this point of view, surgery is not a long-term treatment for polycystic kidney disease.

Chinese medicine: Chinese medicine is based on herbs which can shrink kidney cysts and improve blood circulation. Polycystic Kidney Disease progresses because of increasing and enlarged kidney cysts, so effective shrinkage for kidney cyst can help to avoid further kidney damages and stop illness progression. What is more, kidney function can be improved with these herbs. Chinese medicines show effects slowly, so Polycystic Kidney Disease patients need to be patient and insist on this treatment for some time.

Western Medicine: Common medicines for Polycystic Kidney Disease include pain-killer, antibiotics and antihypertensive drugs and so on. These medicines show quick and obvious treatment effects in dealing with symptoms, which can slow down illness progression, but they fail to stop kidney cyst from enlarging. Therefore, kidney failure occurs finally.

Dialysis: Dialysis is usually recommended when Polycystic Kidney Disease develops to kidney failure stage. It helps to remove toxins with small molecular substances like creatinine and urea nitrogen, but similar with some western medicines, it can not repair kidney damages to improve kidney function. Therefore, once Polycystic Kidney Disease patients start dialysis, they need to do it regularly.

Kidney Transplant: kidney transplant is the last option for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients whose kidneys have failed completely.

With different illness condition, Polycystic Kidney Disease patients can choose different treatment method. Which one is suitable for you? Please consult our consultant online or leave us message directly.

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