A stepwise approach for effective management of chronic pain in autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease

Niek F. Casteleijn, Folkert W. Visser, Joost P. H. Drenth, Tom J. G. Gevers, Gerbrand J. Groen, Marie C. Hogan, Ron T. Gansevoort*, DIPAK Consortium

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

Onderzoeksoutputpeer review

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Chronic pain, defined as pain existing for >4-6 weeks, affects >60% of patients with autosomal-dominant polycystic disease (ADPKD). It can have various causes, indirectly or directly related to the increase in kidney and liver volume in these patients. Chronic pain in ADPKD patients is often severe, impacting physical activity and social relationships, and frequently difficult to manage. This review provides an overview of pathophysiological mechanisms that can lead to pain and discusses the sensory innervation of the kidneys and the upper abdominal organs, including the liver. In addition, the results of a systematic literature search of ADPKD-specific treatment options are presented. Based on pathophysiological knowledge and evidence derived from the literature an argumentative stepwise approach for effective management of chronic pain in ADPKD is proposed.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)142-153
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftNephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
StatusPublished - sep.-2014

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