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Learn More about Polycystic Kidney Disease Diagnosis

Time:  2014-01-10 10:47

Learn More about Polycystic Kidney Disease DiagnosisPolycystic Kidney Disease, one inherited kidney disorder, affects many patients’ life. If you are suspected to have PKD, you should do some tests to get an accurate diagnosis. What tests can you do for PKD diagnosis. Today, follow me to find the answer.

Firstly, make clear your family history.

As we know, PKD is inherited, so there are usually more than one person affected by PKD in one family. If someone in your family has this type of kidney disease, you may be at a risk. Therefore, doctors usually view family history as their preliminary test standard.

Secondly, take some tests to detect kidney cysts.

Three types of tests can help achieve this goal, including:

- CT scan: Kidney cysts are shown clearly in CT scan. Also, this test can help detect the kidney shape and whether kidneys are enlarged.

- B ultrasound: This test is most commonly used to diagnose Polycystic Kidney Disease. Ultrasound can show many dark areas in which kidney cysts develop.

- MRI scan: MRI is done to indicate changes in kidney structure, so doctors can predict whether PKD patients’ kidney condition is aggravating.

Finally, do some tests to see how well your kidneys are working.

- Urinalysis: Through detecting the amount of protein, red blood cells and some other substances in the urine, urinalysis can help kidney patients determine whether their kidneys are damaged. Also, it can test patients’ urine output within 24 hours.

- Blood test: The level of creatinine and urea in the blood are reliable indicators for kidney function level. You can get the answer from blood test.

From the above, we can know a series of tests may help diagnose PKD. Of course, this doesn’t mean every patient need to all of these tests. Learn to choose what tests you need to do.

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