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How can people inherit polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Ronald Hyde
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Genetic anomalies: Some medical conditions, including adult polycystic kidney disease, are carried in our genes and can be passed from parent to child. Generally, if one parent has pckd, their child will have a 50/50 chance of inheriting it.
Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Genetic anomalies: Polycystic kidney disease in adults is an autosomal dominant disease which means that you only need abnormal gene from one parent in order to get this disease.
Dr. Kristi Woods
Pediatrics 23 years experience
From both parents: While most PKD is "autosomal dominant" meaning that only one parent has to have the gene for the child to have the disease, there is a much rarer, more severe form of pkd, "autosomal recessive." both parents must carry at least one copy of the gene to pass the disease to their offspring.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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PKD inheritance: PKD is inherited from an affected parent. The gene is an autosomal dominant gene. The parent has a 50/50 chance of passing the gene to each child.

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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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Cause- unknown: Exact etiology for PKD unknown. Some researchers swear that genetics plays a big role-- hence ADPKD and ARPKD ( autosomal dominant type and recessive type). But then there are other tapers not genetically oriented. Some hypothesize-- something goes wrong in signaling at cellular level during renal development--- pronephro/ mesonephros/ metabephros stages!

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