information for people with POLYCYSTIC LIVER DISEASE
Polycystic liver disease is a condition involving multiple cysts on the liver. Medically speaking, it is considered a rare disease. It affects less than 200,000 people in the United States, most of whom are women.
When the daughter of medical journalist David Drum was diagnosed with polycystic liver disease, and she began to experience symptoms, he began to research it with the aim of helping her.
Drum found precious little basic information for patients, and none available in book form. After extensive research, he gathered as much useful medical information as he could find to help his daughter. Later, to share what he learned with other people diagnosed with this rare disease, he packaged what he learned into this short, factual book.
Polycystic Liver Disease: Information for Patients includes useful information on diet, physical activity, medicinal herbs, and lifestyle. It examines the origins of the disease, risk factors, the crucial role of the liver in the body, how cysts form, complications that may occur, and treatments for the most common symptoms including the symptom of pain.
Although doctors do not consider polycystic liver disease a life-threatening condition, for as many as one out of five patients, invasive treatment or surgery may ultimately be necessary. The book surveys the five major treatments used to treat symptomatic polycystic liver disease, the effectiveness of each, and research studies supporting their use. In providing objective information on these medical treatments, the book examines the benefits, drawbacks, and possible complications of each.
Polycystic Liver Disease: Information for Patients includes information on new drugs of potential benefit now undergoing clinical trials, and other treatments such as hepatic artery embolation. It includes a survey of liver enzyme and function tests which may be employed by your doctor, links to useful web sites, a glossary, and a bibliography of sources
The author received a nice note from a lady across the Atlantic of possible interest to readers. The note is reprinted here with her generous permission:
I just wanted to write and say thank you so much for the information you have provided in your book on polycystic liver and kidney disease. I have just finished reading it and I feel much more informed and knowledgeable about this condition.
I was diagnosed with polycystic liver and kidney disease last year and underwent de-roofing surgery. I have had a difficult recovery, with limited improvement to pain and bloating, and I am getting nowhere with my specialist. I feel that I now have relevant questions to ask, and that I am armed with more knowledge about my condition, which will benefit future discussions. Your book covered everything and more and has really helped me understand the condition and why certain things affect me. I feel that I can continue discussions with my specialist with more understanding and I now have more appropriate questions for him. I am so grateful.
With kind regards,
Louise F. - Aberdeen, Scotland.
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