Category Archives: Polycystic Kidney Disease

PKD has impacted my family for many generations. As time goes on the disease continues to appear in family members but at an older age. Even in the last 100 years family members seem to experience renal failure 20 years later over that span of time (40 versus the current 60). Has a link for this been found by researchers? Thank you.

I am not aware of any consistent data that has looked at this in a long term series of families known to have Polycystic Kidney Disease (PCKD). I would guess that better control of high blood pressure and avoidance of … Continue reading

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I was just recently diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease and I’m scared. How serious is this disease? Is there a cure Doctor?

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PCKD) is an inherited (genetic) kidney disease. You were born with this disease. You can learn more about PCKD at our web site at:  https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/polycystic You can also visit the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at:  https://pkdcure.org/ We … Continue reading

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Hi Dr. Spry, I have PKD and have lots of calcifications in both kidneys. Frequently they break off and pass, and this seems to cause bladder and kidney infections. Is lithotripsy recommended for PKD patients? I do have a very good doctor. Thank you!

I am a nephrologist and I do not have any expertise in lithotripsy. A urologist is a surgeon has expertise in lithotripsy and kidney stone disease. I do not believe that lithotripsy is advised in polycystic kidney disease but I … Continue reading

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Can Adult PKD cause or contribute to Sleep Apnea?

There is an association between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and sleep apnea. I have not heard of a specific association with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PCKD) nor am I aware that PCKD causes sleep apnea. I believe that as CKD progresses, … Continue reading

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Good morning Doc. I’m one of the victims of polycystic kidney disease. Is this kind of disease curable or cancerous? My creatinine is 1.5 and I’m low in potassium. What shall I do?

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PCKD) is a genetic kidney disease and means that you inherited the disease from your parents. In rare instances, if neither of your parents have PCKD, then this could be a genetic mutation that occurred in you. … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Polycystic Kidney Disease

I have been having pain in my back and right side off and on for a few years. I was diagnosed with CKD. I recently had an ultrasound that shows significant cystic changes in my right kidney. My renal size is 14.4 cm in length and there is a dominant lower pole renal cyst demonstrated in the inferior right kidney measuring greater than 5 cm. There is a small exophytic component to this cyst. I had a previous cat scan w/out contrast that documented non-obstructing calculi a couple months earlier. On this Ultrasound there is significant ectasia at the renal pelvis, there is a superior pole cyst measuring 4.7 cm. The collecting system appears to be less than 10 mm in caliber. There is suggestion of very mild pelvocaliectasis. The left kidney similarly demonstrates mild pelvocaliectasis. This kidney has no significant solid of cystic abnormality in the left renal parenchyma. The left kidney measures 13.4 cm. The bladder looks normal. A) What does all this exactly mean? B) Do I need surgery? C) I have a niece with PKD that we don’t know if it came from my side of the family or not, can it be PKD? D) What type of intervention is normally done if any?

From your description, I do not believe this represents polycystic kidney disease (PCKD). The number of cysts seen in PCKD is often too numerous to count and it appears you have a countable number of cysts on your right kidney … Continue reading

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Is it OK to eat lemons with polycystic kidney disease?

Yes. Lemons should be safe for patients with polycystic kidney disease (PCKD). Lemons do contain significant amounts of potassium and if your blood potassium is normal, eating lemons should be safe. If you have a high blood potassium, then eating … Continue reading

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Hello doctor. I am from India. I have severe back pain on right side. When I got scanned for CT contrast the report says I have mild renal hydrouretus nephrosis and tiny umbilical hernia. My past history was two years back I have got diagnosed for kidney stones in right side. Only with lithotripsy for one year I was fine, but after a year I started having pointed pain on right side of my back but now it has spread and it is very severe now. I consulted both nephrologist & urologist but they don’t have any suggestion for me. Just they have prescribed pain killers. One more important thing, I have got strong heredity of kidney disease. All my siblings have got this disease like polycystic, CKD, etc. I am very tense and feeling very depressed what to do since the doctors are not suggesting me any treatment. Let me know if I can send reports through mail. Please help me out doctor.

I am unable to accept any reports or medical studies with this blog. I am unable to provide diagnosis or treatment without performing a complete history and physical examination. The computerized tomogram (CT) scan that you had, should have diagnosed … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Nephrologist, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Urological Issues

My husband has polycystic kidneys. The left one has cancer also. QUESTION Can he have both of the kidneys removed & a family member (if compatible, give him a kidney). We are aware of the criteria for cancerous kidneys concerning transplant. We are talking about not using the donor list.

If the remaining kidney is still working sufficiently, even though it is polycystic, there should be no reason to perform a kidney transplant at this time. Removing a functioning kidney would not be medically indicated. In the case of kidney … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Function, organ donation, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Transplantation

Hi, my mother has polycystic kidney disease. Currently there are a lot of water filter that provide alkaline base water (with PH7.5 – 8.0). I would like to ask if it is OK for people with polycystic kidney disease to consume alkaline base water, or RO (reverse osmosis) water would be more suitable for them? Thanks.

There is no evidence that changing the acidity or alkalinity of water will have any known effect on polycystic kidney disease or any effect at all on kidney function in general. The kidneys, even kidneys with polycystic kidney disease, can … Continue reading

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