How do I find out if I have pkd (polycystic kidney disease) without having expensive genetic testing?

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.
PKD testing. The gold standard after age 30 is ultrasound of the kidneys. This is not expensive and if you have no cysts at your age, then you do not have PKD. Genetic testing is not the standard.

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How would I go about getting a genetic test for polycystic kidney disease (pkd) to see if I might pass it on?

See your doctor. The best place to start is with your primary care physician. A very thorough family history and an ultrasound will help determine if you have pkd. You will need to see a nephrologist and maybe a geneticist to determine what kind of PKD you have. The risk of passing PKD to your children depends on getting the correct diagnosis. Genetic testing would usually be ordered by one of those specialists. Read more...

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...

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...

I have polycystic kidney disease PKD diagnosed when I was 14 now I'm 34 I don't take any meds just living a healthy lifestyle. Is there any meds?

Meds and PKD. If you have no hypertension or evidence of chronic kidney disease you probably need no medicine now. See a nephrologist to assess your renal function now with a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and protein to see how good it is now. Read more...
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 help daily. Taking ACE inhibitors can help and low dose statin can help. Taking tolvaptan can help but with side effect. Read more...

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...

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...

What to do if I have 4-month old girl patient with polycystic kidney disease. W/o genetic studies, how do I know w/c type?

Polycystic kidneys. You have a wonderful children's hospital in Philadelphia. Call their urology department for help with your infant daughter.Their genetics department will also bevery helpful. Read more...
3 main possibilities. Infantile polycystic kidney disease, an autosomal recessive, causes huge kidneys with a homogenous appearance on ultrasound. A non-genetic condition, multicystic kidney, may be uni- or bilateral, and have discreet round cysts--sonolucencies of varying sizes, sometimes in a single pole. Adult polycystic kidney disease may rarely appear in infancy, and is an autosomal dominant, affecting both. Read more...