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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Polycystic Kidney Disease (Overview)

A genetic disease that causes multiple cysts to form in the kidneys. Common symptoms include blood in the urine, abdominal pain, and excessive urination at night.


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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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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Polycystic Kidney Disease (Overview)

A genetic disease that causes multiple cysts to form in the kidneys. Common symptoms include blood in the urine, abdominal pain, and excessive urination at night.


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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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Polycystic kidney disease (Tip)

There are three types of polycystic kidney disease: 1. Dominant, 2. Recessive, 3. Acquired. ...See more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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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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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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Polycystic kidney disease (Tip)

See a nephrologist for management of kidney disease of it and test children to see if they have it. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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How do you test for polycystic kidney disease?

How do you test for polycystic kidney disease?

Renal Ultrasound: Polycystic kidney disease is usually diagnosed by taking a renal ultrasound of your kidneys to determine the number of cysts that are on each kidney. Usually, a person presnts with bloody urine or multiple UTI that will lead to a doctor taking a patient of the kidneys and diagnosing the issue. ...Read more

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Polycystic kidney disease (Tip)

Protect your kidney health—treat high blood pressure and diabetes, and avoid ibuprofen products. ...See more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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Is it dangerous to get pregnant and have a baby if you have polycystic kidney disease?

No but.........: Pregnancy is successful for most women with polycystic kidney disease. However, they may develop a life-threatening disorder called preeclampsia. Those most at risk are women who have high blood pressure before they become pregnant. ...Read more

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Does having polycystic kidney disease and using medicinal marijuana to alleviate pain, cause problems with the kidneys?

Does having polycystic kidney disease and using medicinal marijuana to alleviate pain, cause problems with the kidneys?

Polycystic kidneys: Pain is not usually assciated with polycystic kidneys, but if you are smoking pot for some other kind of pain, i dont feel it will contribute to your kidney problem, whiach can cause hypertension and renal failure. But you should me under medical care and if possible avoid smoking marijuan, as it has other harmful effects on the body. ...Read more

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Polycystic kidney disease (Tip)

Drink Plenty of water to try and slow down the progression of the disease. ...See 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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I had polycystic kidney disease for 2 yrs, can stem cell treat pkd, what to do?

I had polycystic kidney disease for 2 yrs, can stem cell treat pkd, what to do?

No stem cell for PKD: As far as I know, stem cell therapy has not been approved for PKD treatment. There are some clinical trials (but not stem cell) is underway. You should maintain healthy life styles, avoid/stop smoking, and avoid dehydration. Prevent & control of blood pressure & diabetes. Check kidney function & imaging (US or MRI) periodically as recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Polycystic kidney disease (Tip)

Adult family members of patients with PKD should consider testing for the condition. ...See more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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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


Previous Kidney Disease (Definition)

Polycystic kidney disease is a kidney disorder passed down through families in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing ...Read more