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Can PKD only Affect One Kidney

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2013-02-23 16:26

Q: I am 20 years old and was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) last year. The ultrasound result showed that multiple cysts on one kidney. The function of the diseased kidney declines very rapidly. A couple months later, a underwent a nephrectomy to remove the diseased kidney. My doctor tells me that the other kidney is healthy. My urologist said that since my healthy kidney showed no signs of PKD so far, the thinks it will remain that way. However, I read that PKD typically affect both of kidneys. I am wondering if there is a form of PKD which only affects one kidney. Should I worry about it in the future?

A: Firstly, I suggest you to visit a nephrologist to figure out if your multiple cysts are caused by PKD. Because many people often mix up PKD and multiple cystic kidney disease.

There is no form of PKD that affects only one kidney. In some cases, the patients will develop cysts in the other kidney several years later. Therefore, it is important for you to take care of the remaining kidney. You should drink more water, quit drinking alcohol and smoking, and follow your doctor’s recommendations on diet. Also, you should do regular ultrasounds to observe the other healthy kidney.

In multiple cystic kidney disease, cysts only develop in one kidney, and it is believed to be some type of child defect. If you indeed have this disease, you are not at risk of developing cysts in the healthy kidney.

This is just my brief answer to your question due to the limited information about your condition. Now what you should do is to visit a nephrologist to find out the accurate causes of your cysts on your kidney.

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