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    Can Having Cysts on Kidney Cause Proteinuria

    2014-04-07 07:12| Font Size A A A

    Can Having Cysts on Kidney Cause ProteinuriaPatients with PKD will have many health problems, because cysts in their kidney will damage their kidney structure gradually, and some problems are very dangerous. In fact, many patients with PKD have this curiosity: can their kidney cysts cause Proteinuria?

    What is proteinuria?

    Proteinuria is a common health problem for patients with kidney disease, which means protein in patient’s body will leak in his urine. Protein is a macromolecular substance, which will damage patient’s filtration membrane in the process of leaking out, and that can can aggravate patient’s kidney damage obviously.

    Why patients have proteinuria?

    There are about one million nephrons in our kidney, in which glomerulus has the function of filtration, because there is filtration membrane in it.

    While patient’s kidney disease can cause inflammation in patient’s kidney, and when it cause inflammatory reaction in patient’s filtration membrane, that can increase its permeability. As a result, substances that should be kept in kidney will leaking out through urine, and protein will also leaking out in this process, which will cause patients to have proteinuria.

    Can Having Cysts on Kidney Cause Proteinuria?

    As we have said, proteinuria is caused by the increase in the permeability of glomerular filtration membrane, which is more likely to be caused by inflammation in filtration membrane.

    For patients, the cysts in their kidney will grow bigger and bigger, and they will damage patient’s kidney structure in this process. Thereby, the decrease of patient’s kidney function is due to the damage caused by enlarged cysts, so it is not caused by inflammatory reaction directly. As a result, patients with PKD will have massive proteinuria in their body, and that is why it is rare to see nephrotic syndrome in patients with PKD.

    However, patients with PKD can still have proteinuria, but the amount of protein is small, and it often appears when patients have blood urine due to kidney cyst rupture.

    As we know, kidney disease is very dangerous, and patients should what they can to improve their condition. And if you have any trouble in dealing with your condition, you can contact our online experts, and we will do what we can to help you.


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