Treatment and Management of Polycystic Kidney Disease

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Treatment and Management of Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that causes the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys, leading to a decline in kidney function and various complications. This chapter focuses on the medical management of PKD, highlighting the importance of managing kidney function, controlling hypertension, and using appropriate medications. The role of medications like ACE inhibitors and tolvaptan is highlighted. This chapter also explores advanced treatment options for PKD, including dialysis, and kidney transplantation. Dialysis is necessary when kidney function declines significantly, with hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis being the primary types. Kidney transplantation offers a more permanent solution by replacing a damaged kidney with a healthy one from a donor.

Cite as: Treatment and Management of Polycystic Kidney Disease. In: Polycystic Kidney Disease: Public Education. Brisbane (AU): Exon Publications, 2024. Online first 2024 May 26. ISBN: 978-0-6458663-8-4


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