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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 To Delay Kidney Transplant For PKD

2013-05-18 10:22

PKD is a chronic kidney disease, but it will progressively develop into end stage renal disease and dialysis and kidney transplant will be needed to sustain the patient’s life.

In the end stage of PKD, both kidneys will be filled with countless renal cysts, normal renal tissues and structures will be altered and the majority of kidney functions will be lost.

Kidney transplant is an effective and ideal treatment option for PKD patients, but not every patients can have the chance due to the extreme scarcity of kidney donors. If illness conditions can be well controlled and if the need of kidney transplant can be much delayed, the life expectancy of PKD patients will much improved.

The following aspects can help delay PKD progression and delay the need for kidney transplant.

Well control of high blood pressure

High blood pressure is very common among PKD patients and it is also a major factor that can speed up the illness progression of PKD. Early and well control of high blood pressure can much delay the PKD progression and protect residual kidney functions.

Low-salt and low-protein diets

Proper diets play important role in easing symptoms and slowing down illness progression. Low-salt foods helps control high blood pressure and ease fluid and sodium retention. Low-protein diets help reduce the production of nitrogenous wastes and relieve burdens to the kidneys.

Slow down cyst growth

Renal cyst is the root problem for PKD patients, if these renal cysts can be removed or shrunk to small size, the symptoms will be much eased and the illness progression will be much slowed and the need for kidney transplant will be much delayed.

Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy has been proved to be effective at shrinking renal cysts and protecting residual kidney functions. After the applications, patients will have great improvement of their illness conditions and certain kidney functions can be improved. When kidney functions are improved, the need for kidney transplant will be delayed. If it is received in the early stage of PKD, patients can even avoid kidney transplant.

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