Patient: I have ADPKD and the kidney screening test shows my biggest kidney cyst is 6.2 cm. Doctors tell me it is 6.2 cm kidney cyst that causes my back pain and kidney damage and suggest surgery. Is surgery a must for me?
Doctor: ADPKD refers to autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. In clinic, ADPKD is one genetic kidney disorder and the proliferation of renal tubular epithelial cells. As more and more sac fluid fills into PKD renal cysts, they will grow continuously.
Generally, if one of kidney cyst is larger than 3 cm, ADPKD patients are more likely to suffer from some symptoms and problems. 6.2 cm kidney cyst is beyond kidney’s capacity ability, so it causes your back pain and kidney damage directly.
In clinic, surgery like aspiration is used commonly to remove large kidney cyst, so it can help ease patients’ symptoms to some extent. However, it can do nothing for small kidney cyst and may cause loss of kidney functioning tissues. Once large kidney cyst is removed, small cyst will have more space to grow. Therefore, you may experience back pain again after a period of time.
From this analysis, treatments that can help shrink all kidney cysts at the same time are better. Traditional Chinese medicine is proven to be effective on inhibiting kidney cysts from growing and draining sac fluid. Therefore, it is worth a try.