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August 30, 2016 | News, Staff News


Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day is on September 4. This is a type of kidney disease that is not preventable. Let’s learn a bit more about PKD.
WHO IS AT RISK?
• Family history
HOW IS PKD DIAGNOSED?
• Positive family history
• Ultrasound or other imaging
• Genetic testing
HOW ARE THE KIDNEY AFFECTED?
• The kidneys become large because of the cysts
• These grape like cysts can start taking over the function of the kidneys
• As the cysts grow, they slowly damage the kidneys
• Can lead to kidney failure
WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS THAT PATIENTS WITH PKD CAN EXPERIENCE?
• Pain in the back and lower sides
• Urinary tract infections
• Blood in the urine
• Kidney stones
• High blood pressure

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