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Doctor insights on: Interesting Facts About Polycystic Kidney Disease

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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

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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What is Polycystic Kidney Disease?

What is Polycystic Kidney Disease?

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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Is polycystic kidney disease the same entity as polycystitis?

Is polycystic kidney disease the same entity as polycystitis?

No: Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic disease where multiple cysts can form in the kidney and other organs and cause kidney failure. Polycystitis is sometimes used to refer to polycystic ovarian syndrome. ...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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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is polycystic kidney disease?

Inherited problem: Polycystic kidney disease is something you inherit from a parent. If you know you have it, you will want to learn as much as you can about monitoring and protecting your kidney function. You will also want to learn about the treatment of kidney failure. Many people with polycystic kidneys receive kidney transplants - which is probably the best of all options when kidneys aren't working. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Could parapelvic cysts be a sign of polycystic kidney disease?

NO: Parapelvic cysts do not suggest polycystic kidney disease. Parapelvic cysts are rather common in occurrence and incidence increases with age. ...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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Is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease testing available?

Is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease testing available?

Yes, but......: Testing for this disease is safe and simple but beware of what you ask for. Knowing that you have polycystic kidney disease will make it difficult or expensive to obtain life and health insurance. Best to get these issues under control first as early diagnosis (before renal insufficiency) offers no benefit. Knowing that you have the gene prior to having children is useful for family planning. ...Read more

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Could autosomal dominent polycystic kidney disease be an inherited disease?

Yes: As the name implies, "autosomal dominant" indicates genetic pattern of spread to children. In this case, the affected person need only pass one of two genes to his/her child for them to be affected wight he condition. ...Read more

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32yr old female, polycystic kidney disease. Safe to use diy detoxifying waters?

PCKD: I don't believe there are any good studies to support this. First...you need a good nephrologist. Polycystic kidney disease is monitored by ultrasound basically. And of course following BUN, creatinine and GFR. Reno-vascular HTN is treated so not to contribute to this. ...Read more

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What is the typical life expectancy for someone with polycystic kidney disease?

What is the typical life expectancy for someone with polycystic kidney disease?

No straight answer: If your kidney function remains preserved, no effect. If the kidney function declines and you wind up on dialysis, the life expectancy becomes more consistent with what people on dialysis get. And that can be pretty good if everything remains ideal. At some point kidney transplant may be an attractive option if there is no contraindication to the surgery which is involved in transplant. ...Read more

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What is the difference between multicystic kidneys and polycystic kidney disease?

What is the difference between multicystic kidneys and polycystic kidney disease?

Multi vs poly kidney: Multicystic kidney is usually a developmental anomaly of the kidney, usually unilateral and is due to the renal tissue not connecting to the developing urogenital tissue. Usually the kidney does not function, and presents during birth or early childhood. Polycystic kidneys are inherited and usually are functional but eventually will cause progressive renal failure depending on the severity. ...Read more

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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease testing involves what kinds of tests?

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease testing involves what kinds of tests?

See below: The current diagnostic criteria to detect cyst in the kidney is by ultrasound, however this is not a 100% accurate way as very small cysts can be missed. Ct scan can detect cysts which are smaller like 1 mm. There are no diagnostic criteria dveloped for ct scan yet. In case a young kidney donor wants to donote, but make sure he/she doesnot have the disease, there are genetic tests available. ...Read more

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My fetus has just been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. What does that mean?

My fetus has just been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. What does that mean?

See below: Polycystic kidney disease is a inherited disorder and in your fetus case called autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease. Cysts are fluid filled cavities in the kidney. Your doctor will consult a pediatrician/pediatric nephrologist to decide the next steps. ...Read more

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How should I take care of myself if I have polycystic kidney disease and am diabetic?

See below: Maintain normal blood sugar levels, and blood presssure control. Other important things are regular exercise, reach ideal weight, and cholesterol control. Talk to your doctor about entering research studies for polycystic kidney disease. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my kidney function even though I have polycystic kidney disease.

What can I do to help my kidney function even though I have polycystic kidney disease.

PKD: Adjust diet significantly. Avoid saturated fats. Minimize animal protein to 30 grams per day. Minimize salt. Avoid caffeine. Drink 4 liters of fluid per day. Achieve ideal body weight. Do not smoke. Control blood pressure to 130/80. Avoid trauma. Avoid infection. Soy and omega 3 can help daily. ...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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Could you tell me what is the life expectancy for someone with polycystic kidney disease?

Could you tell me what is the life expectancy for someone with polycystic kidney disease?

Here are some...: On average, some 40% of patients with PKD, by age 60, will not have kidney failure, which is the worst risk to life. But, a basket of gifts from healthy lifestyle without overindulgence + available good medical advice + willingness to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty + hope to get kidney transplant will render patients the best possible help and hope. Best wish... ...Read more

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Is there a name for someone that has multiple cysts on all organs and also has polycystic kidney disease? And what is the outlook? Thankyou

Is there a name for someone that has multiple cysts on all organs and also has polycystic kidney disease? And what is the outlook? Thankyou

Polycystic kidney: Polycystic kidney is a genetic disease, inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. The kidney dominates with multiple cysts and organ enlargement. Cysts appear in the liver, pancreas, and brain. Vascular aneurysms are present in about five percent of individuals. There is no special name for the affected person. Close medical care is essential. ...Read more

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