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How is Kidney Cysts Associated with Chronic Renal Failure

2012-09-18 17:34

Kidney Cysts could lead to Chronic Renal Failure over time, is that true? Before answering this question, you’d better get to know some basic knowledge of this disease.

Kidney Cysts contain three types—simple kidney cysts, adult polycystic kidney disease and acquired kidney cysts. Among them, simple kidney cysts occur more commonly in people over the age of 50 years old. Its incidence rate can be more than 50%. Those cysts cause no symptoms at all and require no treatments. In cases of simple kidney cysts, patients usually won’t develop Chronic Renal Failure. Things are different when one suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease. PKD easily results in CRF if left uncontrolled or without proper treatments. Although part of the patients with PKD end up well, a number of patients end up with Renal Failure making dialysis and kidney transplantation inevitable. For PKD patients, early detection and prevention as well as timely treatments help a lot.

Acquired kidney cysts have nothing to do with age but are related with uremia or dialysis. Generally, the longer the duration of hemodialysis is, the bigger the chance of suffering from acquired kidney cysts will be. According to data collected, patients with hemodialysis over 3 years would probably develop renal cysts. For those with acquired renal cysts, most of them have already suffered from uremia or ESRD, so this kind of patients probably won’t develop the complication.

How to deal with this complication before it really happens?

PKD patients are at high risk of suffering from Chronic Renal Failure after years’ progression. Therefore, those who have a family history of PKD should prevent and seek professional medical advice early.

Prevent other factors such as high blood pressure, urinary tract infection or ruptured cysts which could possibly induce or aggravate patients’ illness condition.

Don’t self-diagnose and self-medicate because you don’t know what kind of medications would injure your kidneys.

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