Polycystic Kidney Disease And Uncontrolled Healing

2011-06-23 | |
Last updated: 2011-06-23

As the purification system for our bodies, our kidneys are responsible for the removal of waste materials that accumulate in our blood as a normal part of everyday functioning. The wastes from the operation of our cells and the ongoing breakdown of body tissues must all be cleansed from our blood in order to prevent accumulation of these substances in our bodies. When the kidneys are unable to perform these filtering activities, the condition is called kidney failure.

Among the various causes of kidney failure that can occur, one fairly common cause is as a result of a condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). People with the disease face progressive kidney failure over a lifetime and as yet, the disease is not treatable. The result is that patients with the condition need years of dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to regain kidney function. Fortunately, in recent years, medical research has been creating a growing body of knowledge that could soon lead toward treatments.

What Is The Condition PKD?

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the kidneys. People with the disorder develop small cysts or sacs of fluid in their kidneys that reduce the ability of the organs to perform their filtering activities.

Over decades, these cysts can grow to 2cm or almost an inch in diameter. At the same time, more cysts will develop causing the kidney to become enlarged. While a normal size kidney is about the size of an adult human fist and shaped like a kidney bean, a kidney with advanced Polycystic Kidney Disease can be the size of a football. It will also be drastically deformed.

Despite taking many years to significantly alter the kidneys, eventually the disease can cause kidney failure. Approximately one half of all Polycystic Kidney Disease patients will have developed kidney failure by the time they reach 50 years of age. Along the way, many will have experienced frequent urinary tract infections, pain and kidney stones. According to a 10 year study published in 2009 from the Mother Teresa University Hospital Center in Albania, 60% of patients had urinary tract infections and 42% experienced kidney stones.

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