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How Big Will PKD Kidney Size Be

How Big Will PKD Kidney Size BeHow big will PKD kidney size be? In the early stage Polycystic Kidney Disease, patients usually don’t have any symptom or discomfort. However, in the moderate or end stage PKD, patients are more likely to find their abdomen or belly expands. This means their kidney size increases.

Communicating with Polycystic Kidney Disease patients, you can notice quite a number of these patients complain they look like pregnant for several months, because of their big belly. This makes them quite worried, because the swollen abdomen must indicate their kidney condition is worsening.

How big will PKD kidneys become? For healthy adults, their kidneys are 10-12 cm in length, 5-6 cm in width, and 3-4 cm in thickness. However, with the growth of kidney cysts, PKD patients’ kidney size may even increase twice or three times.

How does this happen? As we know Polycystic Kidney Disease roots in autosomal dominant inheritance that changes renal tubular epithelial cells into cystic wall cells. These cells are responsible for secreting sac fluid that makes kidney cysts become bigger and bigger. With the growth of these cysts, they will take up the place in kidneys and kidneys enlarge gradually. This is the reason that their kidney size increases.

To stop their kidneys from expanding, several tips should be achieved.

1. Curb the proliferation of epithelial cells, so no new cysts will develop and kidney cysts will stop growth.

2. Increase cystic wall blood vascular and renal tubular permeability. This can prompt more sac fluid to discharge out via blood circulation.

3. Expand blood vessels and improve blood circulation. The increased blood circulation all over the body can take away more sac fluid, so as to shrink kidney cysts more quickly.

4. Degrade extracellular matrix and increase the blood flow into kidneys. This tip is needed when kidney functioning tissues are damaged by enlarged kidney cysts.

As for the detailed treatments or medicines, it should depend on patients’ illness condition. Therefore, if your kidneys become big due to PKD, you can describe your illness condition for us in detail, so we can give you some specialized treatment suggestions.

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