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The Average Lifespan of PKD Patients

The Average Lifespan of PKD PatientsIt is reported that about 10% of Kidney Failure is due to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) all over the world. Besides, some patients live with PKD as long as general population, while some other PKD patients just live several years. What’s the average lifespan of PKD patients?

The answer is depended on the types, onset age, complications, and growing rate of PKD renal cysts.

Firstly, the average lifespan of ADPKD is much longer than those with ARPKD.

If one person has ARPKD, he or she may have kidney failure 3~6 months after birth. For their patients, most of them die before 20 years old.

The life expectancy will increase largely if patients have ADPKD. This type of Polycystic Kidney Disease progresses chronically. In most cases, patients can live without any symptom for several decades. Then, they may have high blood pressure at age 20-30 and high creatinine level at age 30-40. According to clinical research, about 50% of patients with ADPKD have kidney failure at about 60 years old. That is to say, the average lifespan of ADPKD patients is more than 60 years old.

Secondly, the later Polycystic Kidney Disease bursts, the longer patients’ life expectancy.

A part of PKD patients begin to suffer from some symptoms such as back pain and hypertension when they are about 20 years old, while some other patients don’t have any symptom until 60 years old. It is not hard to understand that patients with later condition can live much longer than the ones with the former condition.

Thirdly, treatment options also determine the life expectancy of these PKD patients.

Effective treatments can help protect remaining kidney function, shrink kidney cysts and slow the progress of PKD, but any mistake in treatment may worsen patients’ illness condition easily. Therefore, patients should always make sure they are taking correct treatment options. If you haven’t found or taken effective treatment to manage your kidney cysts, you can send your latest medical test report to We can introduce best doctor to give you some suggestions.

Finally, the healthier patients’ diet and lifestyle, the longer they can live.

PKD is one type of Chronic Kidney Disease that needs to take continued treatment. Besides medical treatments, diet and lifestyle is also very important part to determine patients’ average lifespan. Follow your dietitian or dietitians here, so you can live easier and healthier.

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