Special Needs – Polycystic Kidney Disease

Special Needs Guide

Polycystic Kidney Disease also referred to as PKD, PCSD, or Polycystic Kidney Syndrome: Polycystic kidney disease involves clusters of cysts which develop primarily within the kidneys. Cysts are noncancerous round sacs filled with a water-like fluid. Polycystic kidney disease isn’t limited to your kidneys, although the kidneys usually are the most severely affected organs. The disease can cause cysts to develop in your liver and elsewhere in your body. Children with PKD may have high blood pressure, back or side pain, headache, swollen abdomen, blood in the urine, frequent urination, kidney stones or failure, UTI or kidney infections. Polycystic kidney disease varies greatly in its severity, and some complications are preventable. Lifestyle changes and medical treatments may help reduce damage to your kidneys from complications, such as high blood pressure.

Treatment: Treatment usually consists of different medications, which are used to

  • Control blood pressure
  • Treat urinary tract infections
  • Treat hematuria
  • Reduce abdominal pain produced by enlarged kidneys

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