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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

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
117 Doctors shared insights

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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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

Dr. Jack Rubin Dr. Rubin
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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 Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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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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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 don't 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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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications 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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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 that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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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 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 (Tip)

PKD is inheritable. Discuss testing for this diagnosis with family members. ...See 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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How would I go about getting a genetic test for polycystic kidney disease before ttc?

How would I go about getting a genetic test for polycystic kidney disease before ttc?

Genetic Counselor: See a genetic counselor to arrange testing. University hospitals have clinical or medical genetics divisions. Otherwise, your OB doctor, a fertility clinic, or a maternal fetal medicine or high-risk OB clinic can refer you. If the testing is positive, see a reproductive endocrinologist before you get pregnant to discuss preimplantation genetic diagnosis (pgd) to prevent your child from having pckd. ...Read more

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Polycystic kidney disease (Tip)

If you have a parent with pkd, there's a 50/50 chance that you and your siblings do, too. Learn now. ...See more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
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Cover nose and mouth
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Avoid unnecessary contact
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Alert providers of contagion
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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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Polycystic kidney disease (Tip)

Live a healthy lifestyle. Pain in the belly, accompanied by painful urination/blood in urine= see doc. ...See more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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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?

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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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
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Go to lab appointments as necessary
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Keep your oxygen levels up by maintaining a healthy weight
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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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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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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

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