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Is There A Blood Test to Diagnose Polycystic Kidney Disease

Is There A Blood Test to Diagnose Polycystic Kidney DiseaseCan blood test diagnose Polycystic Kidney Disease? How to diagnose PKD? If someone is suspected to have this genetic kidney disorder or there is member in his or her family having this disease, this person must be suggested to do some tests.

Blood test and Polycystic Kidney Disease

The usual blood test, including serum urea and creatinine levels and eGFR, is taken to reveal how well kidneys are functioning. PKD, here referring to ADPKD, is one chronic kidney disease, so patients can still live with normal kidney function in the first several decades. From this point, we can conclude blood test is one method to monitor the progression of Polycystic Kidney Disease instead of diagnosing it.

What tests are suitable to diagnose PKD?

At present, ultrasound is the most reliable way to diagnose this inherited kidney disease. However, some people at risk of PKD has a normal ultrasound of kidneys. This doesn’t mean they do live without Polycystic Kidney Disease. In this case, CT scan (computed tomography scan) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be helpful, because it can detect much smaller kidney cysts which can’t be found by ultrasound test. Besides, gene linkage analysis may be also used to detect the onset of Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Now, we have known tests to diagnose PKD. If you have some clues of this disease such as a family history, back pain, increased size of your abdomen and frequent kidney infections, you had better do these tests to determine whether you have this disease timely.

The earlier diagnosis of PKD, the more timely you can get effective treatment to stop its progression. If you want to know more about PKD tests, treatment or diet plan, just contact us directly. We provide free service for you.

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