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Doctor insights on: Polycystic Kidney Disease And Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

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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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Is polycystic ovary syndrome related to polycystic kidney disease?

Is polycystic ovary syndrome related to polycystic kidney disease?

Totally unrelated: Apart from the word connection these are totally unrelated conditions. Having 1 does not lead to the other. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is a complex disorder affecting the ovaries which may cause irregular cycles, fertility or metabolic problems. Polycystic kidney disease is genetic disorder and comes in two versions, both causing kidney problems, which may end in kidney failure / dialysis. ...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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How should I take care of myself if I have polycystic kidney disease and am diabetic?

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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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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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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Can a man with polycystic kidney disease father children?

Can a man with polycystic kidney disease father children?

Yes: A man who has PKD carries a gene for it that has a 1 in 2 chance of being transmited to one of his kids. His ability to procreate is not affected by this gene so it usually affects half of his children who then pass it to their progeny. This way you find clusters of this illness in specific families. The same goes for women. ...Read more

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What is a common infection with polycystic kidney disease?

What is a common infection with polycystic kidney disease?

UTI: Polycystic kidney disease usually causes hematuria (blood in the urine) or a urinary tract infection. These conditions can be treated with antibiotics. ...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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Is autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease very serious?

Is autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease very serious?

It is different: It usually is more serious than the autosomal dominant disease since it needs inheritance from both parents to be expressed i.e. Both genes are affected. It accordingly gets expressed at an earlier age in life. The longer duration of polycystic disease is a factor in predicting dialysis need. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink gatorade when u have polycystic kidney disease?

Is it ok to drink gatorade when u have polycystic kidney disease?

Depends: If you have PKD without any effects of chronic kidney disease i.e. difficulty balancing potassium (to the point where it gets high), then you should be fine. If you have had issues with your potassium levels being high, then I would recommend not drinking the sports drink. ...Read more

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If I have polycystic kidney disease (pkd), should I be using creatine?

If I have polycystic kidney disease (pkd), should I be using creatine?

Creatinine: Creatinine is muscle break down product, extremely useful in measuring renal function as kidneys help excrete it so obviously it builds up in body in renal failure as kidneys cannot get rid of it anymore. It does not have any function-- whatsoever-- to perform--- in maintaining or deteriorating renal health! However--- the bulkier the muscle mass-- the more is stress on kidneys in getting rid of i ...Read more

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What are the financial costs of treating polycystic kidney disease (pkd)?

What are the financial costs of treating polycystic kidney disease (pkd)?

Depends: It depends on how bad it is. If you go into complete renal failure and require dialysis or renal transplant the finanicial costs will be much greater than if your kidney function holds out. ...Read more

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How does multicystic kidney dysplasia differ from polycystic kidney disease?

How does multicystic kidney dysplasia differ from polycystic kidney disease?

At birth,not heredit: The former is a congenital but not hereditary disease involving usually one kidney forming a mass of cysts without functioning kidney tissue. Found with prenatal ultrasound. Kidney shrinks and the other kidney assumes its work. The most common form of PKD which is hereditary results in increasing cyst number and size over many years. Other organs have cysts and kidneys fail over many years. ...Read more

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I have polycystic kidney disease. I am not as energetic as i used to be and I am only 31. Can i take geritol? I heard it gives you energy.

I have polycystic kidney disease.  I am not as energetic as i used to be and I am only 31. Can i take geritol? I heard it gives you energy.

CKD: I hope that you are under the care of a nephrologist who is following your renal function. If you are feeling tired, your renal function may be getting worse and you may have anemia. See your doctor and follow his recommendations. ...Read more

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How can kidney function be improved for someone with polycystic kidney disease? Please suggest something other than improving diet/water/exercise.

How can kidney function be improved for someone with polycystic kidney disease? Please suggest something other than improving diet/water/exercise.

Blood pressure : If you have ADPKD then it's generally maintaining a healthy lifestyle but making sure you are treating things that can worsen renal function like high blood pressure. That is probably the most important thing outside of diet (low sodium), exercise, and good hydration. Possibly making sure you don't have high cholesterol could potentially help with renal function. ...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

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Polycystic Kidney Disease (Definition)

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