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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 Are the Side Effects of Kidney Transplant in PKD

2013-11-08 16:46

Kidney transplant is a common treatment, which uses a new kidney to replace the failed one. Many PKD patients seek kidney transplant when their conditions develop into kidney failure. What are the side effects of kidney transplant in PKD?

Kidney Transplant and Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a condition in which the cysts are root and develop in the kidneys. When the cysts enlarges, the nearby kidney tissues will be affected, causing kidney function decline.

A kidney transplant is an operation in which a person whose own kidneys have failed receives a new kidney to take over the work of cleaning the blood.

If PKD makes the patients hardly to live, kidney transplant will be recommended. However, the kidney transplants show it side effects in PKD patients.

Rejection

The first side effect is the complication that may occur after transplant is rejection of the kidney. The body's immune system guards against attack by all foreign matter, such as bacteria. This defense system may recognize tissue transplanted from someone else as "foreign" and act to combat this "foreign invader”.

Relapse of Kidney Cyst

As we know that Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic kidney disease, that means it is related to the PKD genes. Even though the transplanted kidney can replace the failed one to work, some patients suffer from the relapse of cysts on their kidneys after the treatment. As long as there is the PKD genes, the patients have the chance to get the PKD back.

Severe Symptoms

Besides the major side effects, kidney transplant may show the following severe symptoms.

- High blood pressure

- Slight increased risk of infection

- Slight increased risk of cancer

- Cholesterol problems

- Jitters

- Mood swings

- Insomnia

- Headaches

- Skin appearance changes

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