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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.

What Age Are PKD Patients on Dialysis

2013-07-30 10:47

What Age Are PKD Patients on DialysisWhat age are PKD patients on dialysis? In clinical, Polycystic Kidney Disease has become the fourth leading cause of kidney failure in some countries. Once patients’ condition develops kidney failure, patients may have to begin dialysis. Well, when should PKD patients start dialysis?

What age are PKD patients on dialysis?

Our kidney is a great excretory organ that is in charge of removing waste products, keeping electrolyte balance and secreting hormones, and it can still work normally even though 50% of kidney function is damaged.

Polycystic Kidney Disease, an inherited kidney disorder, causes numerous fluid-filled cysts to develop in kidneys. As these cysts enlarge, they will replace kidney functioning tissues gradually. Generally, PKD patients don’t need dialysis before age 60 in which their condition progresses to renal failure. Once these patients’ kidney function declines to 15% or less, they may have to consider dialysis.


Dialysis is used to help kidney remove small molecular waste products such as urea acid, creatinine, excess water and urea nitrogen, with the principle of semipermeable membrane. Therefore, dialysis has a quick and obvious benefit on lowering creatinine and BUN level.

However, as for middle molecular and big molecular substances, dialysis can’t do anything. What’s worse, patients undergoing dialysis for a long time are more likely to suffer from many complications, some of which are even life-threatening. This is why so many patients especially the elderly try to delay dialysis as long as possible.

Is there an alternative treatment to dialysis for PKD?

There is indeed such a treatment, called Immunotherapy. This relatively new therapy can not only purify blood, just as dialysis does, but also prompting the self-repair of damaged kidney cells. With the help of oral and external application herbal medicines, impaired kidney cells can come back to work gradually. As a result, patients’ kidney function can be improved largely.

As long as PKD patients’ kidney function is increased to more than 15% and maintains stable, dialysis can be got rid completely. (If you are interested about this therapy, you can go to Immunotherapy, or learn more about it from the online doctor.)

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