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What is the cause of polycystic kidney disease?

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

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 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 kind of problems can a double collecting kidney cause?

What kind of problems can a double collecting kidney cause?

Can be problem free: 1% of population have complete duplication of collecting sytem ; ureter. Many more have just a duplex collecting system without any problem. Problems with double collecting sydtem referred to me, after a UTI os an incidental finding are: bladder reflux, hydroneprosis from uretero-pelvic junction obstruction involving both kidney elements or just lower one, upper pole megaureter or ureterocele. ...Read more

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What kind of problems can a cyst on the kidney cause?

What kind of problems can a cyst on the kidney cause?

Get blood;urine test: Kidney cysts can sometimes cause reduced kidney function. However, the vast majority of the time, kidney cysts are not dangerous, will not cause cancer and will not reduce kidney function. You should see your doctor and get blood and urine tests to make sure your kidney is functioning normally. A kidney ultrasound might be helpful too. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetic kidney problems (nephropathy)?

What kind of condition is diabetic kidney problems (nephropathy)?

Kidney damage: Chronic conditon of kidneys which can develop after many years, usually > 15 years, primarily in patients with type 1 diabetes. Problem is sclerosis (shrivelling up) of the tiny blood capillaries in the glomeruli (min filters) of kidney. This leads to progressive loss of function. Patients usually require dialysis or kidney transplantation within 3 years of diagnosis. ...Read more

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What kind of genetic liver disease can cause abnormal bruises?

What kind of genetic liver disease can cause abnormal bruises?

Any: Abnormal bruising can be from problems in clotting cells (platelets), clotting factors (vitamin k, plasma proteins), iron deficiency, marrow problems. Chronic liver diseases of any cause, i.e. Infectious (viral hep), autoimmune, medication related, alcohol related, metabolic abnormalities (iron, copper diseases), others, can cause problems with clotting. Acute liver diseases inf., etc. Can do too. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor treats liver and kidney problems?

What kind of doctor treats liver and kidney problems?

See below: A general internist may treat both. Gastroenterologists specialize in problems of the GI tract, including the liver. Nephrologists specialize in kidney problems. Infectious disease experts treat infections of both organs. Oncologists treat tumors/cancers of both organs. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor treats kidney problems?

What kind of doctor treats kidney problems?

Nephrology/urology: In addition to primary care providers, nephrologists and urologists specialize in kidney disorders. Nephrologists are the medical specialists, urologists are surgical specialists. ...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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Why does anemia cause progression of chronic kidney disease?

Why does anemia cause progression of chronic kidney disease?

Reversed sequence: Progression of chronic kidney disease results in development of anemia because kidney is no longer able to produce erythropoietin, a hormone enhancing red blood cell production from bone marrow. ...Read more

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What kind of problems does graves cause to your eyes?

What kind of problems does graves cause to your eyes?

Bulging Eye balls/bl: It causes exopthalmos that is bulging eye balls, blurred or double vision, and eyes may feel achy, dry and irritated as eyelids can not perform their function of shelterng the eyes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between kidney disease and chronic kidney problems?

What is the difference between kidney disease and chronic kidney problems?

Not one infection: Usually one kidney infection does not cause decrease in function of kidneys. Bilateral disease of kidneys usually on chronic basis causes reduction in renal function. Chronic kidney disease can be related to infection, hypertension, congenital cystic disease, certain medications, diabetes, glomerulonephritis etc. Usually detailed history, examination , and perhaps testing may narrow cause. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is addison's disease?

What sort of problem is addison's disease?

Needs Treatment: Addison's disease, which is rare, is failure of the adrenal glands - 2 glands adjacent to the kidneys that produce hormones: especially cortisol, aldosterone, adrenalin, and small amounts of sex hormones. Symptoms include low blood pressure, weight loss, weakness, and dizziness. Replacement therapy is mandatory once the DX is confirmed by lab tests as these hormones are necessary for life. ...Read more

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What causes polycystic ovarian disease and what can be done to treat the cause?

What causes polycystic ovarian disease and what can be done to treat the cause?

Obesity: The majority of cases of pcos occur in overweight women. Weight loss is very effective for restoration of the normal menstral cycle. However, many women are unable to lose weight and require other treatments such as ocp's or surgery. ...Read more

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What kind of surgeon can treat kidney, penis and ovary problems?

What kind of surgeon can treat kidney, penis and ovary problems?

Depends: While kidney and penis issues are generally treated surgically by a urologist, ovarian issues are generally treated by gynecologist and or general surgeons. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diverticular disease?

What kind of condition is diverticular disease?

Pockets in the colon: Diverticular disease is the presence of out pouches of usually the colonic mucosa. Many times it is asymptomatic but it may cause pain, bleeding or infection. ...Read more

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What kind of medicines contribute to kidney failure.. What is dosage that causes these medicines to cause kidney failure ?

What kind of medicines contribute to kidney failure.. What is dosage that causes these medicines to cause kidney failure ?

No answers: Numerous meds have the ability to cause issues with the kidney. There are literally scores of meds that can do this so there is no way to answer your questions. ...Read more

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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