Surgical management of painful polycystic kidneys

L. W. Elzinga, John Barry, W. M. Bennett

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Abstract

In patients with symptomatic PKD who have failed medical management, surgical intervention is a reasonable option, providing long-term pain relief in the majority of patients. Individuals for whom this approach is indicated are usually narcotic dependent or disabled by pain. Cyst decompression surgery does not appear to significantly retard or arrest progressive renal insufficiency. On the other hand, widespread fears that cyst decompression might hasten renal failure are clearly unfounded. The application of newer laparoscopic techniques to this problem may allow for a wider range of symptomatic patients to realize the benefits of cyst decompression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-537
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Volume22
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1993

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Polycystic Kidney Diseases
Decompression
Cysts
Renal Insufficiency
Pain
Narcotics
Fear

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  • Nephrology

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Surgical management of painful polycystic kidneys. / Elzinga, L. W.; Barry, John; Bennett, W. M.

In: American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Vol. 22, No. 4, 1993, p. 532-537.

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Elzinga, LW, Barry, J & Bennett, WM 1993, 'Surgical management of painful polycystic kidneys', American Journal of Kidney Diseases, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 532-537.
Elzinga, L. W. ; Barry, John ; Bennett, W. M. / Surgical management of painful polycystic kidneys. In: American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 1993 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 532-537.
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