Polycystic Kidney Disease Information

Polycystic Kidney Disease Information

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) occurs when clusters of cysts develop within your kidneys.  These cysts are noncancerous and contain water-like fluid. These types of cysts can develop in other organs including the liver, but the kidneys are more severely affected.

Those who suffer with polycystic kidney disease may experience kidney failure and high blood pressure. PKD can become quite severe and be accompanied by a number of complications. Your doctor can prescribe something for high blood pressure, but may also suggest certain lifestyle changes.

What Causes Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Normally the cysts are noncancerous and they can vary in size. As they accumulate more fluid, cysts can grow very large.  Anomalous genes can cause polycystic kidney disease, meaning that it can run in families. There are two types of genetic mutation that can cause PKD disease. Symptoms usually develop after the age of 30 or 40 but children have also been known to develop this disease.Polycystic Kidney Disease

 Polycystic kidney disease symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Urinary tract or kidney infections
  • Frequent urination
  • Increase in the size of your abdomen
  • High blood pressure
  • Back or side pain
  • Blood in your urine
  • Kidney stones

Diagnosis and Treatment

Some people have had polycystic kidney disease for years without knowing it. Once the symptoms show up, they can be painful and alarming, so it’s important to see a doctor right away. There are several methods of diagnosing PKD, such as CT scan, MRI and ultrasound.

Once diagnosed, your doctor may suggest various treatment options depending upon the individual. One of the major issues to address is high blood pressure. You can also take over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen for pain. Drink plenty of water and get adequate bed rest. Antibiotics can also be administered if your doctor believes there may be risk of a kidney infection.

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Call to Schedule an Appointment

If you’ve noticed blood in the urine, high blood pressure, or back pain then call to schedule an appointment right away with Dr. Nancy Lobby at All Women Urology in Wellington, FL. Once Polycystic kidney disease symptoms appear, it is important to get diagnosis and treatment right away.

Dr. Lobby is a skilled urologist who deals with many women’s diseases. Her staff is comprised almost entirely of women so that patients can feel very comfortable about speaking openly regarding their concerns and conditions.  All Women Urology offers personalized care and state-of-the-art treatment for a number of illnesses such as urinary tract infection, overactive bladder and bladder and kidney cancer.