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Does Everyone with PKD Develop Kidney Failure

2013-04-15 14:28

Q:

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disorder in the kidney and usually affects more than one member in patients’ family. Seeing one of their relative die of Polycystic Kidney Disease make them can’t help but to ask “does everyone with PKD develop kidney failure”. Is renal failure an inevitable thing for people with this disease?

A:

About 50% of patients with PKD will have kidney failure by age 60, and nearly 60% will have kidney failure by age 70. From these data, we can know not every patient will develop renal failure finally. Most often, some certain people have an increased risk of kidney failure. They include:

● Male

● Patients with high blood pressure

● Patients with proteinuria or hematuria

● Female patients who have had more than three pregnancies and have high blood pressure

● Patients with too bigger renal cysts

In view of this, if you are suffering from Polycystic Kidney Disease and hope to avoid kidney failure, the best treatment is to stop the progression of your condition. How to achieve this goal? Controlling the complications including high blood pressure, proteinuria and hematuria, and improving kidney function can help prevent patients’ condition from worsening. Feel free to tell the kidney experts online your problem, so they can help you find the most suitable treatment.

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