Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Support Group

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a progressive, genetic disorder of the kidneys. It occurs in humans and other organisms. PKD is characterised by the presence of multiple cysts (polycystic) in both kidneys. The disease can also damage the liver, pancreas and rarely the heart and brain.

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End Stage Renal Failure

I have a friend who is 79 years old and was diagnosed with PKD when she was in her 30s. She was diagnosed with kidney failure in one kidney two years go and this past December found herself in the ER with massive swelling and end stage renal failure. She is been having dialysis since just a few days before Christmas 2016. Her overall kidney function was 5% then and is 5% now. Just two weeks ago she began having dialysis overnight at home. My question, is there ever a point when dialysis does not work? If someone is on life-support, they will continue to live as long as they are connected to the machine. Is this the same with dialysis? Or will there be a point where she will have to be on a machine 24 hours a day?

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Chewitt
Chewitt

Dialysis can go on being effective for many years, as long as dietary restrictions are followed carefully. I haven't heard of anyone having to be connected to the dialysis machine constantly. Home dialysis allows for flexibility and continuing with overnight sessions should be fine.
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