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Polycystic Kidney Disease Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • What symptoms are you currently experiencing?
  • When was your last set of lab tests?
  • Have you added, changed the dose, or stopped any medications?
  • Have you had a baseline imaging exam of your kidneys and abdomen?
  • Have you had a brain MRI?
  • Are you having any symptoms, such as back pain or side pain, blood in your urine, or frequent or urgent need to urinate?
  • When did you first notice these symptoms?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Do you have a family history of kidney disease, including polycystic kidney disease?
  • When was the last time you had a kidney function test?
  • What side effects are you having with your medications?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • How do you expect my case of polycystic kidney disease to progress? Will my kidneys eventually fail?
  • What follow up testing do I need and how often?
  • What other complications are possible with polycystic kidney disease?
  • What treatments do I need to protect my kidneys?
  • What diet or lifestyle changes can I make to protect my kidneys?
  • Are there any medicines that can slow polycystic kidney disease?
  • What is most likely causing my symptoms or abnormal lab results?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to these problems?
  • How do you diagnose polycystic kidney disease?
  • What treatments are available for polycystic kidney disease? How effective are they?
  • Is polycystic kidney disease reversible?
  • Are there medicines that would protect my kidneys with fewer side effects?
  • Do my new or different symptoms mean my polycystic kidney disease is getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my polycystic kidney disease?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2019 Dec 23
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Polycystic Kidney Disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycystic-kidney-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-2035282...
  2. Polycystic Kidney Disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/polycystic-kidney-disease/what-is-pkd
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