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How do you typically diagnose polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Ultrasound: You can take an imaging study called a renal ultrasound. The ultrasound can determine the number of cysts on your kidneys and can lead to a diagnose of polycystic kidney disease.
Dr. Zafar Khan
Urology 58 years experience
Sono/ ct scan/ MRI : Any of the above mentioned tests can make the diagnosis.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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PKD diagnosis: PKD is diagnosed by renal ultrasound or MRI. Ultrasound is less expensive. The diagnosis requires at least 3 cysts per kidney in both kidneys by age 30. Family history is relevant.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

My fetus has just been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. What does that mean?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
See below: Polycystic kidney disease is a inherited disorder and in your fetus case called autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease.Cysts are fluid filled cavities in the kidney.Your doctor will consult a pediatrician/pediatric nephrologist to decide the next steps.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What is the diagnose method for kidney disease?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Urine & blood tests: Medical history including family history, ? Presence of blood in urine, frequency of urination, ?Excessive thirst. Physical examination for bp, possible kidney swelling or tenderness, vascular bruit (abnormal sound of kidney artery flow). Plus kidney & bladder ultrasound. Possibly ct scan, MRI or nuclear renal scan. Urine tests may include 24 hour urine collection.
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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