Category Archives: 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

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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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Can PCOD occur in men or does it happen only in case of women?

I will assume that PCOD is an acronym for Polycystic Ovary Disease.  Men do not have ovaries and hence, cannot get this disease.  This disease may be seen in Polycystic Kidney Disease (PCKD) which men can get and women may … Continue reading

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Hi, My Family has a history of ADPKD and currently I am diagnosed for ADPKD with cysts in my Kidney. My USG of kidneys reports the following Right kidney measures ~103*61 mm Left kidney measures ~ 114*58mm Both kidneys show presence of multiple cortical / medullary cysts largest of it measuring ~ 55 x 41 mm in the lower pole of left kidney. No septations/ internal echogenic content / wall calcifications / soft tissue nodularity seen. No evidence of calculi or hydronephrosis seen on either side. I wanted to know if the cyst is going to cause any issue or is it normal to have cysts of the size mentioned? All my other Kidney Functions are normal.

The report that you provide is very typical of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPCKD).  The size and location of the cysts are very typical of ADPCKD.

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I am a 21 year old female. I have polycystic kidney disease and due to constant pain I had done ultrasound recently. The result says I have a bilateral kidney that poorly defines corticomedullary differentiation? Is this a serious matter? Thank you.

I am not sure what the interpretation is referring to. All patients with polycystic kidney disease will have a “poor differentiation of the corticomedullary junction”. The kidney is divided into the surface part of the kidney called the cortex and … Continue reading

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Dr. normally, what medicine people with PKD takes to control BP? What number of BP should I look for?

This is a question for your physician. There are many medications that can be effective for treatment of patients with polycystic kidney disease (PCKD). I am not able to recommend medications without performing a complete history and physical examination. Your … Continue reading

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I’m a kidney patient and have gone 3 years without dialysis. Currently having acute abdominal pain which last 4-5 hours every day. My nephrologist referred me to a gastroenterologist and he issued me to have a a ultrasonography, CT scan plain, endoscopy and colonoscopy. The doctor has not found any cause of pain. Sometimes pain starts when stomach is empty but some time it starts with a full stomach. The medicine like Tramadol and other antacid medicine do not work for relief. Normally the pain starts in the evening or early morning from 3am to 5 am. Is this stomach pain due to CKD or any abdominal cause?

Abdominal pain is not a common symptom of chronic kidney disease (CKD). I am not able to make a specific diagnosis of this abdominal pain.  In my experience, abdominal pain has another cause rather than CKD unless the patient has … Continue reading

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