Treatments for Kidney Cysts in Children
What options are available when your child has kidney cysts and the diagnosis is polycystic kidney disease? Treatment usually begins with medication to control blood pressure and slow the progression of the disease. But polycystic kidney disease can get worse over time, and may lead to kidney failure, so we also offer complete dialysis services for your child. Down the road, if a transplant is needed, you can take comfort in knowing our surgeons are among the most skilled professionals in West Michigan.
Treatments We Provide
Blood Pressure Medicine
Because high blood pressure can worsen polycystic kidney disease symptoms, medicine may be prescribed to manage blood pressure.
Hemodialysis uses a machine to filter waste and extra fluid from the blood. The procedure is usually done in a dialysis center, three or more times a week. Peritoneal dialysis is more commonly used for children.
Peritoneal dialysis is more convenient than hemodialysis. It uses the body's peritoneal membrane to filter the blood continuously from home, during the day or at night.
The non-functioning kidney is replaced with a healthy kidney, from a living donor or through an organ bank. We've had the reward of seeing dozens of Michigan youngsters get a new lease on life, thanks to kidney transplant. Our pediatric kidney transplant program has also been nationally recognized for our steroid avoidance protocol for children with new transplants.
After transplant surgery, immunosuppressant medicine is needed to prevent infection and reduce the chance of your child's body rejecting the new kidney.