Fellowship (Interventional Paediatrics Nephrology Association), Fellowship (Interventional Society of Nephrology), Fellowship (P.G.), M.B.B.S., M.D. (Paediatrics), One year Training Paediatrics (Nephrology)
Nephrologist - Specializes in Treatment of Polycystic Kidney Disease
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is an inherited kidney disorder that causes fluid-filled cysts to form in the kidneys and Polycystic Kidney Disease may impair kidney function and eventually cause kidney failure. Polycystic Kidney Disease is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure and people suffering from Polycystic Kidney Disease may also develop cysts in the liver and other complications. Some of the initial symptoms of Polycystic Kidney Disease include frequent urination, kidney stones, blood in the urine, pain in the sides, pale skin color and joint pain, among others.
HOW IS POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
For diagnosis, the doctor will depend on the details provided by the patient on the history of the problem and the answers given to a few questions the doctor would pose. For a better understanding of the condition, the doctor might ask for an Ultrasound test to be done to know the details of the status of the kidneys and the PKD condition. Of course, MRI and CT Scan also remain the options.
HOW IS POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE TREATED?
The goal of PKD treatment is to manage symptoms and avoid complications. Controlling high blood pressure is the most important part of treatment.
Some of the treatment options may include:
• pain medication, except Ibuprofen, which is not recommended as it may worsen kidney disease
• blood pressure medication
• antibiotics to treat UTIs
• a low sodium diet
• diuretics to help remove excess fluid from the body
• surgery to drain cysts and help relieve discomfort
DID YOU KNOW?
For most people, Polycystic Kidney Disease slowly gets worse over time.