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Understanding Polycystic Kidney Disease
Can PKD cause kidney failure?
How is PKD diagnosed?
How is PKD treated?
While there is no cure for PKD, there are things you can do that can help to slow its progression and manage the symptoms.
- Manage blood pressure. Reducing high blood pressure can help prevent further kidney damage and help you preserve your health while living with PKD.
- Manage your salt intake. While there's no specific polycystic kidney disease diet, managing your salt intake can help put less stress on your kidneys.
- Get urinary tract infections (UTIs) treated immediately. See your doctor if you suspect a UTI or any type of infection.
- Discuss cyst decompression surgery. While the procedure doesn't affect kidney function, it can provide pain relief in extreme cases of PKD.
- Follow your PKD treatment plan exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may also prescribe medications. If you are diagnosed with kidney failure, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
- Talk to your doctor about all medications you’re taking. Discuss all medications prescribed by other doctors, as well as any over-the-counter medications you take—especially pain relievers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), herbal supplements or vitamins. Some medications can be harmful to your kidneys.
- Discuss newly emerging new treatments for PKD. The FDA recently approved the first-ever medication to treat ADPKD, the most common form of PKD. Called tolvaptan, the medication binds to receptors in the kidneys, blocking the hormones that cause cyst growth to slow progression. Your doctor can tell if it’s right for you.
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