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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) and Medullary Sponge Kidney


2012-10-21 17:51

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) and Medullary Sponge KidneyThe kidneys filter wastes and extra fluid from the blood to produce urine. They also release hormones that help control blood pressure. In Medullary Sponge Kidney, some patients may experience elevated blood pressure levels (hypertension). Here, one patient describes his condition as below:

"I was diagnosed with Medullary Sponge Kidney about 2 yrs ago. Overall haven't had too much trouble. Occassional pain in my left side/flank area. One very small stone passed so far, thankfully. However, for the past few months I'm dealing with hypertension. At first, it would fluctuate some and then level out. Now it's tending to stay high as I check it more. I'm checking twice daily to send records to my PCP, Nephrologist, and Rheumatologist. Usually around 140/100. Is this something I should be more concerned about?"

Generally, with the development of kidney damage, some patients with Sponge Kidney may present abnormal increased blood pressure. Actually, hypertension can and will cause more stress on patients' kidneys, which they don't need. If the blood pressure staying high, patients need to make their doctors aware of it and let them know of associated concerns.

How can hypertension in Medullary Sponge Kidney be controlled?

▪ Maintain the weight at a level close to normal;

▪ Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, and low-fat dairy foods;

▪ Limit the daily salt intake to 2,000 milligrams. Restrict frozen foods and trips to fast food restaurants.

▪ Do plenty of exercises-at least 30 minutes of moderate activity like walking, cycling, or swimming, etc.

▪ Avoid consuming too much alcohol.


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