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Can Dialysis Prolong the Lifespan of Patients with PKD

2013-10-21 16:50| Font Size A A A

PKD(polycystic kidney disease) is a progressive kidney disease. It is characterized by the appearance of multiple cysts in both kidneys. With the enlargement and increase of the cysts, the kidney structure and function will be damaged and finally progress into kidney failure. Patients are often suggested to do dialysis. Can dialysis prolong the lifespan of patients with PKD?

As a matter of fact, dialysis can prolong the lifespan of patients with PKD. But how long it will prolong depends on many other factors. Some patients would ask that how could this be?

First you should know that dialysis is the replace method. It can replace the kidney to do some jobs, such as filtering the waste product and toxins out of the blood. Because of the kidney damage due to the cysts, the glomerular can not well filtrate the extra waste product and toxins, and they will pile up in the blood, affecting the normal function of the kidney. Dialysis can lower the burden of kidney and help kidney finish the job.

However, the lifespan of patients with PKD on dialysis depend on many other factors, such as the age, complications, the treatment and the diet.

Though dialysis can help kidney do some jobs, it will bring many complications, which will also affect the lifespan and the life quality of patients with PKD. The complications include low blood pressure, anemia, infection and cardiovascular disease and so on. Among these complications, cardiovascular disease is the most serious one, which will cause death of patients on dialysis. Therefore, to prolong the lifespan, you should well manage the complications of dialysis.

The treatment for patients with PKD is the most important one. You cannot only rely on dialysis, because it is just a replacement therapy and it does nothing to improve kidney function. If it is applied along with Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, the effect will be much better.

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