Monday, July 17, 2023

Diagnosing and Monitoring Cystic Kidney Disease

 Diagnosing cystic kidney disease usually involves imaging tests such as ultrasound, CT, or MRI to detect the presence of cysts in the kidneys. Blood and urine tests can also provide important information about kidney function

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Monitoring cystic kidney disease involves regular imaging tests to track the size and number of cysts and evaluate the amount of healthy kidney tissue. Declining kidney function can be monitored through blood and urine tests. Maintaining a normal body weight, drinking water and fluids throughout the day, and following a low-salt diet can help slow the growth of kidney cysts and delay the decline in kidney function
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For polycystic kidney disease, certain tests can detect the size and number of kidney cysts and evaluate the amount of healthy kidney tissue. These tests include ultrasound, CT, or MRI. Declining kidney function can be monitored through blood and urine tests. Maintaining a normal body weight, drinking water and fluids throughout the day, and following a low-salt diet can help slow the growth of kidney cysts and delay the decline in kidney function
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If you have been diagnosed with cystic kidney disease, it is important to discuss your monitoring and treatment options with your healthcare provider.

Citations:
[1] https://www.uptodate.com/contents/polycystic-kidney-disease-beyond-the-basics
[2] https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/453831-overview
[3] https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/kidney-cyst-causes-symptoms-treatments
[4] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21846-cystic-kidney-disease
[5] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/acquired-cystic-kidney-disease
[6] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycystic-kidney-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352825

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