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Can you tell me much about polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Genetics etc: Most common is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, adpkd, 50 % of offspring will develop it. Much less common is infantile or autosomal recessive polycystic renal disease, arpkd, inherited by 25% of kids of same parents who are both "carriers". Neither curable, infantile requires treatment from birth with early nephrectomy + dialysis ; transplantation. Adpkd ok early, slowly progressive.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Inherited problem: Polycystic kidney disease is something you inherit from a parent. If you know you have it, you will want to learn as much as you can about monitoring and protecting your kidney function. You will also want to learn about the treatment of kidney failure. Many people with polycystic kidneys receive kidney transplants - which is probably the best of all options when kidneys aren't working. Lgromkomd.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

Hey, can you tell me general information about the polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Alok Agrawal
Nephrology and Dialysis 34 years experience
See below: It is an inherited disorder involving kidneys and other systems like liver, pancreas, brain etc. People develop high bp. The kidneys fail and about half go on dialysis around 60 yrs of age. There are multiple cysts on both kidneys which can rupture causing pain, bleeding etc. It can get infected sometimes. Please look at the web site http://www.Pkdcure.Org/.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what is the life expectancy for someone with polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. James Lin
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Here are some...: On average, some 40% of patients with PKD, by age 60, will not have kidney failure, which is the worst risk to life. But, a basket of gifts from healthy lifestyle without overindulgence + available good medical advice + willingness to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty + hope to get kidney transplant will render patients the best possible help and hope. Best wish...
A 46-year-old member asked:

Could polycystic kidney disease be cured?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not cured: Other than by kidney transplant. Polycystic kidney disease is not universally fatal. Impaired kidney function can be controlled for a long time by diet ; control of hypertension if present. Occasionally symptomatic cysts can be marsupialised laparoscopically. But, as yet, there is no medical treatment to eliminate the cysts. Many require eventual dialysis or transplant.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
See below: Polycystic kidney disease is a inherited disease in which fluid filled cavities ranging from microscopic to larger sizes upto 10-15 cm occur in the kidneys, causing them to grow very big and loose function. The patients may have no symptoms or present with blood in urine and sometimes kidney pain.Besides controlling high blood pressure there is no definitive treatment yet.Many studies are ongoing.

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