Polycystic Kidney Disease is one inherited kidney disorder that causes numerous cysts to develop in kidneys. Because it is one common kidney disease all over the world, we would like to introduce some basic information about PKD for patients who are just diagnosed with it.
1. Most PKD patients have abnormal gene
Many polycystic kidney disease patients find some other people in their family also have this disease, because it is one genetic kidney disorder. Therefore, the person whose mother or father has Polycystic Kidney Disease has 50% of chance to get this disease.
2. The progression of PKD
Because it is one common type of chronic kidney disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease usually progresses slowly. Nearly all patients won’t have any symptom in the first decades of years. However, as time goes on, kidney cysts become larger and larger. Then, their surrounding kidney tissues will be damaged, and a series of symptoms and complications begin to appear.
3. Not all PKD patients will have kidney failure eventually
It is reported that about 50% of PKD patients will have kidney failure at about age 60, and other patients never aggravate into kidney failure before death. Besides, it is possible to stop the growth of kidney cysts through effective treatments at present.
4. PKD patients can have a healthy baby
The incident rate of PKD in female and male is same. That is to say, a lot of women are affected by this genetic kidney disease, and patients at child-bearing age must want to have a healthy baby. Is it possible? Fortunately, the answer is yes. If their husbands are healthy, they can conceive safely and healthily with doctor’s guidance.
These are some basic information about Polycystic Kidney Disease. Any other question about this disease? Just leave it in the form below.