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What is the Life Expectancy of People with Medullary Sponge Kidney

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2012-09-20 15:05

What is the Life Expectancy of People with Medullary Sponge KidneyMedullary Sponge Kidney refers to formation of diffuse, bilateral medullary cysts caused by abnormalities in pericalyceal terminal collecting ducts. Normally, this disease is a symptom-free medical condition, and symptoms do not usually occur until later in life. While, how long can people live with Medullary Sponge Kidney?

Actually, Medullary Sponge Kidney is benign, and long-term prognosis is excellent. Normally a benign condition does not affect life expectancy.

Rarely, Medullary Sponge Kidney leads to kidney disease or permanent damages, but it is possible. There is no cure for this disease. Patient's life expectancy can be effectively prolonged with measures to treat any problems quickly, prevent the serious complications, get regular checkups and follow the doctor's directions. The following give some useful suggestions.

▪ Cure existing infection - the doctor may prescribe antibiotics to kill bacteria.

▪ Remove any stones - this may involve a procedure known as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) or ureteroscopic stone removal.

▪ Prevent future infection - long-term, low-dose antibiotics to prevent UTIs.

▪ Prevent future stone formation - medications and dietary changes such as drinking large amounts of fluid every day.

▪ Get regular checkups - periodic checkups of the kidneys including abdominal radiographs and urinalysis.

If you need more information about prolong the life expectancy of people with Medullary Sponge Kidney, feel free to consult our online family doctor. Best wishes!

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