Polycystic Kidney Disease

April 3, 2008 in Gout Related

Polycystic Kidney Disease
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I’d never heard of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) until a recent question from a gout sufferer suggested a link with gout and PKD.

Coincidentally, I spotted a PKD article on my Gout Related News Page, entitled “Potential New Treatments For Polycystic Kidney Disease”.

As you may know, the Gout News Page contains an automatically updated feed from Medical News Today. As well as gout news, I include other topics of interest to gout sufferers. As PKD has been mentioned recently in the Gout Forum, I was drawn to this article.

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a condition where cysts grow in the kidneys, impairing their function. There is no known cure for this disease, and this new treatment does not bring a cure. In fact, the study does not indicate a cure, but it does suggest that a new area for research may produce more effective medication for slowing cyst growth.

The researchers also point out that their research has been done using mice, and clinical trials on humans are needed to test and develop appropriate inhibitors.

Not a cause for immediate hope then, but certainly a step in the right direction. You can read the full text of the news item, Potential New Treatments For Polycystic Kidney Disease, on Medical News Today.

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1 response to Polycystic Kidney Disease

  1. I’ve got gout. And PKD. 15% kidney function and perhaps months away from dialysis. And now I’ve got gout. For a few years awhile back, I took Allopurinol, just on the lark that it would slow down cyst formation. I don’t think it did, but I didn’t have gout. Somewhere along the way with my bunch of other prescriptions, Allopurinol fell off my list. That was probably a costly oversight.

    I’m really horrible about following diets. I realize this could kill me once I’m on dialysis. I don’t really feel like folding yet another list of restrictions into the mix. Not that I eat brains and sweetbreads, but a bunch of other stuff is going to be tough.

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