Cystic Kidney Disease Specialist

Kidney360

Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Montrose & East Houston, Houston, TX

If you suspect that you or a loved one has cystic kidney disease, turn to Kidney360 in Houston, Texas. Uday Khosla, MD, and his exceptional team can diagnose and treat cystic kidney disease. The disease is characterized by blood in your urine, pelvic pain, bloating, or other new or unusual symptoms. Receiving treatment at Kidney360 can reduce your risk of developing complications. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Cystic Kidney Disease Q&A

What is cystic kidney disease?

Cystic kidney disease, also called polycystic kidney disease, is a condition in which cysts develop in your kidneys. The kidneys grow larger and gradually lose their ability to function. The cysts are round fluid-filled sacs that are noncancerous.

Many of these cysts or large ones can damage your kidneys. Seek treatment at the first sign of a kidney problem.

What are the symptoms of cystic kidney disease?

Common symptoms of polycystic kidney disease include:

  • Side or back pain
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Blood in your urine
  • Bloating or a feeling of fullness
  • Enlarged abdominal area
  • Enlarged kidneys
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure
  • Headaches
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Kidney infections
  • Chronic pain
  • Liver cysts
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Colon problems
  • Heart valve abnormalities

If you suffer from cystic kidney disease while pregnant, you’re more likely to develop life-threatening high blood pressure.

How can I reduce my risk of developing cystic kidney disease?

While anyone can develop cystic kidney disease, you can do several things to lower your risk of having it. These include:

  • Manage high blood pressure
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Maintain an ideal body weight
  • Don’t smoke
  • Get regular exercise
  • Limit your use of alcohol

Acquiring healthy habits is the best way to prevent high blood pressure, cystic kidney disease, and other chronic conditions.

How does my doctor diagnose cystic kidney disease?

To diagnose cystic kidney disease and develop an effective treatment, your Kidney360 specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam and use imaging procedures like CT scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs to determine how many kidney cysts you have and how large they are.

How is cystic kidney disease treated?

Several cystic kidney disease treatments are available. Your doctor will choose from among the following:

  • Medications
  • High blood pressure management
  • Low-sodium diet
  • More fluids
  • Reduced-protein diet
  • Pain management
  • Dialysis
  • Kidney transplant
  • Intracranial aneurysm treatment

Your specialist customizes each treatment and monitors your health regularly to help you properly manage cystic kidney disease and reduce the risk of complications.

To get screened for cystic kidney disease or undergo treatment for it, call the Kidney360 office or schedule an appointment online today.