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The Cause of Weight Loss in Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-03-18 15:14

Q:

I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease five years ago. With the doctor’s help, my condition maintains very stable, but recently I don’t know why my weight loses quickly. Please tell me the cause of weight loss in Polycystic Kidney Disease, doctor.

 

A:

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a progressive condition where patients usually can live without any symptoms for several decades. With age, many patients may suffer from some complications. According to the research, nearly 60% of patients with PKD have high blood pressure by age 20-30, and about 50% of patients who have PKD have renal failure by age 60.

Why does PKD develop renal failure? The reason is that quite a number of fluid-filled sacs grow in the kidney. Over time, these cysts will grow bigger and bigger. If uncontrolled effectively, they will oppress their surrounding kidney tissues and cause irreversible kidney damage. When large part of kidney function loses, a lot of toxins and wastes will build up in the body. As a result, some severe complications occur. Among them, unexplained weight loss in Polycystic Kidney Disease is common.

If your weight loses quickly, you had better arrange a healthy lifestyle and accept correct treatment timely. Different patients need different treatment. Make sure you have consulted your doctor or us, before using any treatment or medicine.

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