What is the treatment of acquired cystic kidney disease?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Aug 18, 2015

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  • If ACKD is not discomforting no treatment is required.
  • Infections can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Large cysts can be drained using long needle.
  • Tumours require regular examinations.

If ACKD is not causing pain or discomfort, no treatment is required. Infections are treated with a course of antibiotics. If large cysts are causing pain, they may be drained using a long needle inserted through the skin.

If tumors are suspected, a person may need regular examinations to monitor the kidneys for cancer. Some doctors recommend all patients be screened for kidney cancer after 3 years of dialysis. In rare cases, surgery is used to stop cysts from bleeding and to remove tumors or suspected tumors.

Dialysis for ACKD

In transplantation, the diseased kidneys are left in place unless they are causing infection or high blood pressure. ACKD usually disappears, even in the diseased kidneys, after a person receives a transplanted kidney.

Complication of ACKD

Patients with ACKD may develop certain complications. Some of them are listed here:

Dialysis for ACKD

  • In some cases, an infected cyst may cause fever and back pain
  • When a cyst starts bleeding in the kidney, some blood can be spotted with urine also
  • Tumours in kidney. ACKD patients are more likely to have cancerous kidney tumours. However, the likelihood of this cancer spreading to other body parts is lower in ACKD patients than the patients of other kidney cancers which are not associated with acquired cystic kidney disease

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