Polycystic Kidney Disease
Some people have symptoms at birth while others do not have problems until later in life. Symptoms also differ from person to person.
Problems may be:
- Pain in the back or side
- Blood in the urine (pee)
- Belly pain
- Passing urine more often than usual
The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms and prevent other health problems. Options are:
- Medicines to:
- Ease pain
- Treat cysts that are bleeding
- Lower high blood pressure and cholesterol
- Dietary changes, such as drinking plenty of fluids and eating a low sodium diet
- Dialysis to remove waste from the blood
Some people may need surgery to:
- Drain or remove cysts to ease pain, bleeding, or a blockage
- Remove one or both kidneys—nephrectomy
- Replace a damaged kidney —kidney transplant
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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