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Urine Smells Like Ammonia: Is It a Symptom of PKD

Urine Smells Like Ammonia: Is It a Symptom of PKDUrine smells like ammonia that occurs in some cases of Polycystic Kidney Disease. This may make patients embarrassed to go to the public toilet. Is it a symptom of PKD? Should patients be worried about this problem?

There are several causes of urine that smells like ammonia, some are related to Polycystic Kidney Disease, while some others are not. If you just happen to have this symptom, you should firstly find out what causes it.

Reasons have a close link with Polycystic Kidney Disease

1. Liver damage: Liver is the organ assigned the job of removing toxins and poisons from the body, so it is in charge of eliminating ammonia through a complex process. With the progress of PKD, it may cause cysts to develop in liver that can damage liver functioning tissues.

2. Bacterial infection: Kidney infection, urinary tract infection or bladder infection are common types of bacterial infection, and they can make people’s urine smells like ammonia. For PKD patients, these usually happen when kidney cysts are too bigger or some of them rupture.

Reasons don’t have a direct link with PKD

1. Dehydration: If patients don’t drink enough water which trigger dehydration, urine becomes concentrated and has strong odor easily.

2. Eat too much nitrogen rich food: Nitrogen found commonly in high-protein food converts into ammonia easily. Therefore, when patients eat a large amount of nitrogen rich food, more ammonia will appear in the urine, resulting in ammonia odor.

3. Pregnancy and menopause: pregnancy and menopause can also increase the risk of urinary tract infections and kidney infections for women.

In summary

Now, we have got a general overview of the reasons for urine smelling like ammonia for PKD patients. Then, patients should take effective treatments to manage this symptom according to the causes. If you need any help, just tell us directly online, so we can help you manage it well immediately.

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