Things You Should Know About Polycystic Kidney Disease

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Symptoms and Check-Ups

Symptoms

Symptoms of Polycystic Kidney Disease do not usually occur until an afflicted someone is 30 to 40 years old. Some symptoms include: back or side pain; headaches; increased abdomen size; kidney problems; or most commonly, high blood pressure. The best way to reduce the severity of the disease is treat high blood pressure as early as you can.

When should I see a doctor?

Because symptoms do not usually show until you are in your 30s or 40s, PKD can often go unnoticed for years. As soon as you start to notice symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor to find out what you should do.

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