What is PKD?
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a condition that affects the kidneys, when people have PKD; abnormal fluid-filled sacs called “cysts” grow in the kidneys. The cysts cause the kidneys to get bigger than normal. The cysts can also keep the kidneys from working normally. This can lead to problems, such as high blood pressure, kidney infections, and kidney failure. Kidney failure is when the kidneys stop working completely. Besides kidney problems, PKD can cause problems in other parts of the body. PKD usually runs in families.
High blood pressure is a common feature of PKD, occurring in 60 to 70 percent of patients with normal kidney function by the age of 29. Over 90 percent of patients will have high blood pressure by the time they reach end-stage renal failure. Men have higher blood pressures than women, and high blood pressure is associated with bigger kidneys and faster rates of kidney growth.
Where We Need Help
Research is key in discovering new ways of preventing and treating those with PKD. With funds raised through this website and other GKH outreach, we invest in the research departments that focus on education, cutting edge technologies and medicine to treat and potentially cure polycystic kidney disease. We also educate the public in new diet ideas that are more fit for a realistic lifestyle, and the breakthroughs in medical advancement in the treatment of PKD. If you would like to share your story of living with PKD directly or with someone you love, please contact us.
"12.5 million people are currently diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease worldwide. 50% of PKD patients will need dialysis."
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