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A 26-year-old member asked:

i just found out that my great grandfather and other members of the family have died from pkd, my dad has never been tested am i at risk?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
POLYCYSTIC KIDNEYS: Polycystic kidney disease is a familial disese which is transmitted as autosomal dominant, which means there is one in two chances of inheriting this condition.If you have family history pkd, all children need to be tested and i advice you get tested as well.It will show on an ultrasound exam and if diagnosed it can lead to kidney failure and you have to be on dialysis or renal pransplant.Get teste.
Dr. John Hammes
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Yes you are.: If father has pkd, 50% chance that he passed it on to you;if not, very unlikely you have it. Uncertain that you have to get tested, as little effective treatment for it and diagnosis= exclude insurance and some jobs. Reasonable to check BP and kidney fxn annually. If abnl, then ultrasound kidneys. Bpcontrol, cv risk reduction, monitor kidneys for failure=best outcomes.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the life expectancy of people with pkd?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Not short.: Polycystic kidney disease in most cases is a mild slowly progressive disease. Many patients do not even know they have it and they live and die without knowing they have it. The clue to answer the question could be taken from a person in the same family who has the disease. Of course, patients with PKD may develop end-stage and need dialysis after several years. They are eligible for transplant.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is PKD hereditary?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Yes: There are several polycystic kidney diseases (pkd), and they are generally divided into autosomal dominant and recessive types. These are the patterns of inheritance. In general all are hereditary although spontaneous gene changes are common. The children of parents with gene changes are susceptible to inheriting these diseases.
A member asked:

Is it possible to be a carrier of arpkd and also have adpkd?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
I believe so...: The genes that have been identified for ad-pkd are on different chromosomes from the gene found for ar-pkd. That means a person could have a mutation for ad and a different mutation for ar polycystic kidney diseases.
A 53-year-old female asked:

Is there a type3 adpkd ?

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Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
More: Genetic testing has identified genes associated with the development of polycystic kidney disease. Pkd-1 on chromosome 16 and PKD 2 on chromosome 4 cause alterations in the calcium signaling between cells of the body. 5-10 % of patients with PKD have neither gene defect. A recent paper described a PKD 3 gene but it needs to be repeated. There are also probably other gene defects involved.
A 54-year-old female asked:

Hi, where would you recommend to find testing for my adpkd-type 3 ....If there ...Is a newer research of adpkds' besides types1 & 2 ? Thank you.Mary

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
No: The gene has yet to be identified so there is no test for this most rare form. Sorry.

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