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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...

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What is the typical life expectancy for someone with polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Michael Perez
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
No straight answer: if your kidney function remains preserved, no effect. if the kidney function declines and you wind up on dialysis, the life expectancy becomes more consistent with what people on dialysis get. and that can be pretty good if everything remains ideal. at some point kidney transplant may be an attractive option if there is no contraindication to the surgery which is involved in transplant.
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.
A 47-year-old member asked:

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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