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How to Test for Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-07-26 06:52

How to Test for Polycystic Kidney DiseaseTest for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is very important. Why should I say that? Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disorder, and in the early stages, people usually do not know they have PKD, because they see no symptoms. Yet, when they have symptoms, it is late because the cyst has becomes large. Therefore, how to test for Polycystic Kidney Disease is very important.

For Polycystic Kidney Disease, certain test can be done to detect the size and number of kidney cysts you have and evaluate the amount of kidney tissues, including:

· Ultrasound exam. During an ultrasound, a wand-like device called a transducer is placed on your body. It emits inaudible sound waves that are reflected back to the transducer — like sonar. A computer translates the reflected sound waves into images of your kidneys.

· Computerized tomography (CT) scan. As you lie on a movable table, you’re guided into a big doughnut-shaped device that projects very thin X-ray beams through your body. Your doctor is able to see cross-sectional images of your kidneys.

· Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. As you lie inside a large cylinder, magnetic fields and radio waves generate cross-sectional views of your kidneys.

·Genetic testing. Besides the above three test for Polycystic Kidney Disease, another test called “genetic test” have been recognised by more and more patients. As mentioned in the first paragraph, Polycystic Kidney Disease is inherited, a genetic testing is good for them to help themselves or family members to get information in advance.

After the test, treatment should be taken immediately according to your illness condition. You have to be cautious about your diet, exercises and medicines. If you are not sure what you are allowed to take do do, you are welcomed to consult our experts online or email to pkdclinic888@hotmail.com.

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