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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.

Do I Need to Deal with PKD Cyst without Symptoms

2013-08-04 15:19

Do I Need to Deal with PKD Cyst without SymptomsWith quite a number of fluid-filled pockets developing in kidneys, Polycystic Kidney Disease attacks kidney inherent cells gradually. During this process, some patients have severe symptoms that urge them to accept treatment immediately, while some other patients don’t have any symptom. Does it mean asymptomatic PKD cyst can be left unchecked?

PKD cyst without symptoms

As one form of Chronic Kidney Disease, PKD progresses slowly. Therefore, most of PKD patients can live without any symptom in the first decades, but it doesn’t mean their PKD cysts haven’t caused any damage to kidney.

We know our kidney is one great excretory organ that can still work optimally, even if a part of kidney functioning tissues are damaged. Generally, it indicates more than 50% of kidney function has been lost, if some symptoms happen to kidney disease patients. At this time, patients’ illness becomes quite difficult to deal with. In view of this, the earlier PKD patients take proper treatment, the better their overall health.

What can we do for PKD cyst without symptoms?

Even though the modern medical technology is well-developed, Polycystic Kidney Disease, one leading cause of kidney failure, is still difficult to treat. Symptomless PKD cyst, by contrast, is easier to deal with. The following are several suggestions:

1. Develop a healthy diet: In research, it is found that plant protein, soy, omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin B3 or niacin, etc, all can help slow down the progression of PKD. Besides, a low-salt, low-protein and rich-fiber diet is able to reduce the workload on kidneys.

2. Quit unhealthy lifestyle: Although alcohol, smoking and coffee may not have a close link with kidney cyst, excess drinking or smoking does worsen patients’ condition easily. Therefore, if possible, avoid them.

3. Take some herbal medicines: Ground beetle, lalang grass rhizome, dandelion root and some other herbs have been used maturely to treat PKD. And, the accurate prescription should depend on the size of PKD cyst, the degree of kidney damage and patients’ own condition.

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