What is PKD life expectancy after kidney transplant? Polycystic Kidney Disease is one genetic kidney disorder that progresses chronically. It is reported that about 50% of PKD patients have kidney failure by age 60. In that moment, some of them choose to accept kidney transplant surgery. Then, their life span after transplant must be one of their biggest concern.
When do PKD patients need kidney transplant?
Characterized by numerous sac-fluid cysts in kidneys, PKD can replace normal kidney tissues gradually. Because our kidneys have strong compensatory ability, patients in the early stage usually don’t have any symptom or sign. However, with the expansion of kidney cysts, Polycystic Kidney Disease goes through five stages. The end stage is kidney failure. Generally speaking, doctors list kidney failure patients in kidney waiting list, when their kidney function declines to 20% or less. Then, if patients find matched donor, they can do this surgery timely.
The life expectancy for PKD patients after transplant
In most cases, PKD won’t relapse after kidney transplant unless this new kidney also has this disease. With successful surgery and no rejection, patients can live as long as general population, but they need to take anti-rejection medicines for the rest of life. If unfortunately, the onset rejection reaction can make the transplanted kidney fail again. Then, patients have to begin dialysis again. Finally, their life expectancy shortens largely. Therefore, for PKD patients, kidney transplant isn’t the top option, but the last.
Is there any alternative treatment to kidney transplant for PKD?
No matter which kidney disease you have, the best treatment should be able to protect the remaining kidney functioning tissues and try to prompt the recovery of impaired cells. The combination of Micro-Chinese Medicine Hot Compress Therapy and Stem Cell is one good choice. Hot compress therapy is responsible for shrinking all PKD renal cysts and protecting kidneys, while stem cells can differentiate into new kidney cells for improving kidney function. As long as kidneys can do their work properly, patients can live without kidney transplant safely.