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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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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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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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If a person has polycystic kidney disease, can she drink alcohol or smoke sheesha or a cigarette?

If a person has polycystic kidney disease, can she drink alcohol or smoke sheesha or a cigarette?

PKD: Cigarette smoking always a bad idea with any type of disease as it can lead to cancer, atherosclerosis and increased risk of end stage renal disease. Alcohol in small amounts (1-2 drinks/day) should not be an issue unless there is liver involvement with the PKD (it can in rare cases lead to such cystic involvement that the liver fails). Read more

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Is viagra (sildenafil) 100mg safe for person having polycystic kidney disease with a normal GFR and having proteinurea in his urine? Can he take 3x per week viagra (sildenafil)?

Is viagra (sildenafil) 100mg safe for person having polycystic kidney disease with a normal GFR and having proteinurea in his urine? Can he take 3x per week viagra (sildenafil)?

Viagra (sildenafil): In general, yes it is safe. Blood pressure can decline with viagra (sildenafil). So, the combination of viagra (sildenafil) with calcium channel blocker may drop your blood pressure substantially. I recommend trying 25 mg or 50 mg rather than 100 mg. Read more

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How can people inherit polycystic kidney disease?

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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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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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?

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?

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 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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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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