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Is Staghorn Calculus Dangerous for Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients

Is Staghorn Calculus Dangerous for Polycystic Kidney DiseaseIf you have suffered from Polycystic Kidney Disease for many years, you must know kidney stone or renal calculi is one common PKD complication. Staghorn calculus is just one type of kidney stone. Then, what is staghorn calculus? Will it cause dangerous problems for PKD patients?

Staghorn calculus

This type of kidney stone refers to stone is full of pelvis or at least one pelvis. In some cases, staghorn calculus only fills in partial renal collecting system, but in some other cases, it fills in the whole renal collecting system. When staghorn calculus blocks the collecting system, urine will be unable to flow through kidneys successfully. Then, hydronephrosis occurs easily.

How does PKD cause staghorn calculus?

Polycystic Kidney Disease is one condition in which numerous kidney cysts grow in both kidneys. With the expansion of kidney cysts, they will compress their surrounding kidney tissues and other organs. Finally, enlarged kidney cysts will replace functioning tissues gradually. We known one big kidney function is to eliminate extra fluid, toxins, waste product and electrolyte. When they fail to work, more and more uric acid or calcium will accumulate in the kidneys. This is the direct cause of kidney stone and staghorn calculus.

How to deal with staghorn calculus for PKD patients?

From the above content, we can know staghorn calculus indeed can cause dangerous complications for patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease. Therefore, patients should effective treatments to remove it timely. Traditional Chinese Medicine and surgery are two choices. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on dissolve and eliminate staghorn calculus, meanwhile these medicines can help protect remaining kidney functioning tissues. Surgery can remove kidney stones directly but may cause damage to kidneys. You can choose one suitable treatment for yourself, with doctor’s guidance.

If you are suffering the pain of staghorn calculus as a PKD patient, you should also seek some treatments that can shrink all of your kidney cysts. Otherwise, kidney stones may recur easily.

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