Polycystic kidneys have fluid-filled cysts compared to normal kidneys. Eventually, if they become too big or too big, the condition can lead to kidney failure. ( Bruce Blaus )
A man from Washington donated his kidney to his wife just months before her 30th wedding anniversary. What is polycystic kidney disease or PKD?
Husband Donates Kidney to Wife
In October, Steve and Lesley Kennedy celebrate their 30th anniversary. However, before reaching this milestone, the couple endured the complications of Lesley's PKD.
For a long time, Lesley had suffered from the disease that caused fluid-filled cysts to grow in their kidneys. Eventually her condition became severe enough for her to require dialysis and doctors informed her that she already needed a kidney transplant.
Although a colleague and her sister gave her a kidney, neither was a match. Fortunately, when Steve decided to donate his kidney to his wife for almost three decades, tests proved that they were indeed a match.
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"My donated kidney seems pretty good in her new home in Lesley to be, "Steve said in a Facebook post in which he also promoted organ donation " Also consider donating organs, it's really a wonderful gift to donate, especially to your spouse. "
What is polycystic kidney disease?
As mentioned, polycystic kidney disease is a condition in which numerous fluid-filled cysts grow in the kidneys. Eventually, if the cysts become too large or too many cysts grow, the cysts can eventually replace much of the kidney, ultimately leading to damage, decreased kidney function, and even kidney failure. When this happens, the patient may need a kidney transplant.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, PKD is a genetic disorder that can be passed on from parent to child. In the United States, about 600,000 people have PKD and occur in all races, and equally in men and women.
Some of the signs that a person may have PKD are blood in the urine, increased abdominal size, high blood pressure, fluttering or throbbing chest, frequent bladder or kidney infections and back or side pain. It is often diagnosed with ultrasound, but in some cases, MRI and CT scan may be helpful in detecting smaller cysts.
So far, PKD has no cure, but recent research suggests that drinking pure water and avoiding caffeinated drinks can slow the growth of cysts. Other means of slowing the growth of cysts include controlling blood pressure, promptly treating kidney and bladder infections, and living a healthy lifestyle that includes weight management and reduction of salt intake.
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