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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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How long can i live having polycystic kidney disease knowing that my GFR is normal but my microalbuminurea in Blood is elevated!!!can i eat proteins?

How long can i live having polycystic kidney disease knowing that my GFR is normal but my microalbuminurea in Blood is elevated!!!can i eat proteins?

Polycystic kidney: Only 50 percent of persons with polycystic kidney disease progress to kidney failure. Diet is hugely important. Eat only 30 grams of animal protein per day. Make 90% of your diet fruit and vegetables and grain. Avoid saturated fat and cholesterol. Control blood pressure to 125/75-80. Don't smoke. Keep weigh ideal. ...Read more

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What is polycystic kidney disease?

What is polycystic kidney disease?

See below: Polycystic kidney disease is a inherited disease in which fluid filled cavities ranging from microscopic to larger sizes upto 10-15 cm occur in the kidneys, causing them to grow very big and loose function. The patients may have no symptoms or present with blood in urine and sometimes kidney pain.Besides controlling high blood pressure there is no definitive treatment yet.Many studies are ongoing. ...Read more

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What is Polycystic Kidney Disease ?

What is Polycystic Kidney Disease
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Polycystic kidneys : Inherited disease of the kidneys where cyst develop causing the kidneys to enlarge and eventually not function properly ...Read more

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Could polycystic kidney disease be cured?

Could polycystic kidney disease be cured?

Not cured: Other than by kidney transplant. Polycystic kidney disease is not universally fatal. Impaired kidney function can be controlled for a long time by diet ; control of hypertension if present. Occasionally symptomatic cysts can be marsupialised laparoscopically. But, as yet, there is no medical treatment to eliminate the cysts. Many require eventual dialysis or transplant. ...Read more

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What is the cause of polycystic kidney disease?

What is the cause of polycystic kidney disease?

Cause- unknown: Exact etiology for PKD unknown. Some researchers swear that genetics plays a big role-- hence ADPKD and ARPKD ( autosomal dominant type and recessive type). But then there are other tapers not genetically oriented. Some hypothesize-- something goes wrong in signaling at cellular level during renal development--- pronephro/ mesonephros/ metabephros stages! ...Read more

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What is the cause of polycystic kidney disease?

Inherited disease: You inherit polycystic kidney disease, so it is reasonable to be evaluated if you have a parent with polycystic kidneys. Evaluation will likely include a painless ultrasound (sound wave) examination. If you know you have polycystic kidneys, you want to do everything you can to protect their function. At some point, though, you may need dialysis or a transplant. Talk to your doctor. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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How can people inherit polycystic kidney disease?

Genetic anomalies: Some medical conditions, including adult polycystic kidney disease, are carried in our genes and can be passed from parent to child. Generally, if one parent has pckd, their child will have a 50/50 chance of inheriting it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me much about polycystic kidney disease?

Can you tell me much about polycystic kidney disease?

Genetics etc: Most common is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, adpkd, 50 % of offspring will develop it. Much less common is infantile or autosomal recessive polycystic renal disease, arpkd, inherited by 25% of kids of same parents who are both "carriers". Neither curable, infantile requires treatment from birth with early nephrectomy + dialysis ; transplantation. Adpkd ok early, slowly progressive. ...Read more

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How do you typically diagnose polycystic kidney disease?

Ultrasound: You can take an imaging study called a renal ultrasound. The ultrasound can determine the number of cysts on your kidneys and can lead to a diagnose of polycystic kidney disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with polycystic kidney disease?

What are the symptoms associated with polycystic kidney disease?

Pain: Typically pain in flank area both sides, blood in urine , hypertension, and over time progressive kidney failure. ...Read more

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What are some of the clinical findings of polycystic kidney disease?

What are some of the clinical findings of polycystic kidney disease?

Huge kidneys: Dominant or adult PKD often presents with huge kidneys with cysts. High blood pressure, pain in the kidneys, and strokes may also be issues. The kidneys lose function over time on blood tests. Recessive or infantile PKD presents earlier in life. Kidneys are huge but cysts often are not seen. High blood pressure and kidney problems can occur. Liver scarring can also lead to bleeding from the gut. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Polycystic kidney disease?

What is the definition or description of: Polycystic kidney disease?

Here are some...: PKD is overwhelmingly a inherited disorder as autosomal inheritance to affect adults who usually become symptomatic at age 30-45... or as autosomal recessive to affect the young, or acquired in late age such as 50-70. More detail? Go to https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/polycystic. Best wish.... But, for life reality, go to http://www.formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a man with polycystic kidney disease have children?

Might it happen that a man with polycystic kidney disease have children?

Usually!: Adult polycystic kidney disease (apkd) is one of the most common inherited disorders. Extra-renal manifestation of apkd is not uncommon. Cysts involving the male reproductive system have been reported. Among cysts involving the reproductive system, seminal vesicle cysts have been reported. Current literature reports that majority of men "remain fertile.". ...Read more

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Hey, can you tell me general information about the polycystic kidney disease?

Hey,  can you tell me general information  about the polycystic kidney disease?

Pkd: PKD is autosomal dominant. It is passed easily. Kidneys form cysts. Kidneys enlarge. Function can decline. BP can rise. Infection and bleeding can happen. Some people have kidney pain. Very healthy diet is essential. Drink 4 liters fluid per day. Avoid caffeine. Eat low salt. Get checked every 6-12 months. ...Read more

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For centuries children and adults did ok treating polycystic kidney disease with home remedies. Why can't i?

For centuries children and adults did ok treating polycystic kidney disease with home remedies. Why can't i?

We know more now: Polycystic kidney disease has been around for a while, home therapies had the advantage of not being scientifically tested. Thisdisease also causes different degrees of illness in different victims, fooling docs into thinking that the "home remedy" was effective, when the disease was just not as bad in that patient. Home remedies should be used with the help of a doctor. ...Read more

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What shouldn't i eat/drink if I have polycystic kidney disease?

What shouldn't i eat/drink if I have polycystic kidney disease?

Consistency : Make healthy decisions: low sodium diet, exercise, no tobacco, and be consistent. Take prescribed medications, control blood pressure, avoid all nsaids, if diabetic manage it well, and like everyone it helps to have a little bit of good luck too. Get a nephrologist (kidney doctor) who will look for ways to slow/prevent loss of kidney function, and if needed prepare for end stage kidney disease. ...Read more

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What is the best solutions for the polycystic kidney disease if my kidneys are enlarged?

What is the best solutions for the polycystic kidney disease if my kidneys are enlarged?

Optimize: See a nephrologist to optimize your renal function. By watching your weight, diet, blood pressure etc. You can extend the life of the kidneys. ...Read more

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What are the common treatments for polycystic kidney disease?

What are the common treatments for polycystic kidney disease?

PKD: As of now there are no definitive treatments for polycystic kidney disease. At this time you treat the side effects (high blood pressure, infections, discomfort from large cysts). There are many studies going on currently to find a cure or treatment for pkd. Most patients are on an ace inhibitor for high BP control. ...Read more

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Polycystic Kidney Disease (Definition)

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