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Is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease testing available ?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: You have to get a renal ultrasound. It is an imaging test that determines the size and number of cysts ona kidney. Based upon the number of cysts on each kidney and depending on your age, then it can be determined if you have adpkd.
Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Yes, but......: Testing for this disease is safe and simple but beware of what you ask for. Knowing that you have polycystic kidney disease will make it difficult or expensive to obtain life and health insurance. Best to get these issues under control first as early diagnosis (before renal insufficiency) offers no benefit. Knowing that you have the gene prior to having children is useful for family planning.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease testing involves what kinds of tests?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
See below: The current diagnostic criteria to detect cyst in the kidney is by ultrasound, however this is not a 100% accurate way as very small cysts can be missed. Ct scan can detect cysts which are smaller like 1 mm.There are no diagnostic criteria dveloped for ct scan yet. In case a young kidney donor wants to donote, but make sure he/she doesnot have the disease, there are genetic tests available.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Yes: The dominant form occurs mostly in adults. It is inherited but it takes time to show up as a diagnosable disease in middle to later age. Depending on your luck you either have it from your parent or not( 50% chance).The recessive form could be carried by seemingly healthy persons and when manifests as a disease in the offspring, it shows up at a much earlier age.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Differences: Main differences are---ADPKD shows itself in adults and 1/3 stays silent, 1/3 cause complications like hypertension etc, and 1/3 progress to end stage renal disease. ARPKD --- on the other hand manifests itself in pediatric population, in fact soon after birth, almost always involves kidneys bilaterally and requires dialysis for survival. Good news-- ADPKD is dominant therefore never skips generat
A 36-year-old member asked:

Could autosomal dominent polycystic kidney disease be an inherited disease?

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Dr. Ravi Chauhan
Urology 22 years experience
Yes: As the name implies, "autosomal dominant" indicates genetic pattern of spread to children. In this case, the affected person need only pass one of two genes to his/her child for them to be affected wight he condition.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Please help! what is the difference between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Genes: There are caused by different loci. The recessive form generally causes illness from the time of birth due to the large, ineffective kidneys. The dominant form sneaks up on a person during adult life. The affected kidneys look different in the two diseases.

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