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    When do I Start Dialysis with GFR 12 and Polycystic Kidney Disease

    2014-04-13 08:57| Font Size A A A

    When do I Start Dialysis with GFR 12 and Polycystic Kidney DiseasePolycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disease, and there are countless cysts in patient’s kidneys, and they grow gradually, which will damage patient’s kidney structure. As a result, patient’s kidney function will go down in this process.

    GFR is a significant standard to assess patient’s kidney function, and kidney disease is divided into five stages according to patient’s GFR. Well then, if patients have GFR level 12, when should patients to accept dialysis?

    Why patients should accept dialysis?

    As we know, kidney is in charge of the metabolic balances of electrolytes, fluid and acid-base in our body, and when patients have the metabolic disorders of them, many health problems will appear, including severe complications like cardiovascular diseases, renal osteopathy, etc.

    Dialysis is a kidney replacement therapy, which can reach the effect of helping kidney keep the metabolic balances in our body. So, when patient’s kidney function is too low that causes many health problems in patient’s body, it is necessary for patients to take dialysis to correct the metabolic disorders in their body.

    For PKD patients, dialysis is an important method to deal with their condition, because PKD is a genetic disease, and there is no cure for this disease. In fact, in most places of the world, there is no effective method to treat this disease. When patient’s condition is very severe, they will need dialysis to prolong their lifetime.

    When should patients accept dialysis with GFR 12?

    Whether patients should accept dialysis is not decided by patient’s GFR. In fact, most patients will be recommended to accept dialysis when they begin to in the end stage of kidney disease, and patient’s GFR is about 15ml/min. But many patients may not feel any uncomfortable even their GFR level is lower than this value.

    Besides, patients will also need dialysis when they have severe complications which is caused by the metabolic disorders in their body, and patients may need to begin dialysis before they are in stage 5 kidney disease, which mean their GFR will be higher than 15.

    Thereby, for PKD patients with GFR 12, it is better for them to take dialysis before they have severe complications caused by their metabolic disorders. Maybe patients should begin dialysis right now.

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