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Is autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease very serious?

Is autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease very serious?

It is different: It usually is more serious than the autosomal dominant disease since it needs inheritance from both parents to be expressed i.e. Both genes are affected. It accordingly gets expressed at an earlier age in life. The longer duration of polycystic disease is a factor in predicting dialysis need. ...Read more

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The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Could autosomal dominent polycystic kidney disease be an inherited disease?

Could autosomal dominent polycystic kidney disease be an inherited disease?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease testing available ?

Is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease testing available ?

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. ...Read more

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What is polycystic kidney disease?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease autosomal or sex-linked?

Is celiac disease autosomal or sex-linked?

Neither: Celiac disease inheritance pattern is undetermined, there is genetic predisposition though, some individuals who have certain genes are more susceptible to develop the disease than others. Good question, but by HealthTap rules you are a minor! ask an adult to ask on your behalf next time, you need to be above 18 years to be able to register and ask questions, good luck ...Read more

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Is sickle recessive anemia a sex-linked disease?

Is sickle recessive anemia a sex-linked disease?

If you mean....: Is the beta globin gene transmitted on a sex chromosome (either x or y), the answer is no. The beta globin locus is autosomal, and classical sickle cell disease (hgbss disease) displays autosomal recessive inheritance. Boys and girls are equally likely to inherit the beta-s allele from an affected or carrier parent, and if they inherit a beta-s allele from each parent, they will have disease. ...Read more

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Is polycystic ovary syndrome related to polycystic kidney disease?

Is polycystic ovary syndrome related to polycystic kidney disease?

Totally unrelated: Apart from the word connection these are totally unrelated conditions. Having 1 does not lead to the other. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is a complex disorder affecting the ovaries which may cause irregular cycles, fertility or metabolic problems. Polycystic kidney disease is genetic disorder and comes in two versions, both causing kidney problems, which may end in kidney failure / dialysis. ...Read more

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

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

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 ...Read more

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What is polycystic kidney diease (pkd)?

What is polycystic kidney diease (pkd)?

Inherited disease.: Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disorder of the kidneys, where numerous numbers of cysts form throughout both, making them appear large & irregular. It is estimated to affect 1 in every 1000. Many cases are clinically silent, & the diagnosis is usually made with ultrasound though definitive diagnosis is made with genetic testing. Long term, hypertension & kidney failure are consequences. ...Read more

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What is Polycystic Kidney Disease ?

Polycystic kidneys : Inherited disease of the kidneys where cyst develop causing the kidneys to enlarge and eventually not function properly ...Read more

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I'm not sure but is huntington's disease a congenital disease?

I'm not sure but is huntington's disease a congenital disease?

Huntington's disease: Huntington's disease is transmitted by a genetic defect, if the parents are carrying the gene defect then it can be transmitted. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Addisions is genetic: In 2012 the answer is usually yes. Tuberculosis caused dr. Addison to describe the condition. Now it is any failure of the adrenal glands. Today it does run in families where autoimmune diseases occur. (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal, celiac, etc). ...Read more

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What is a common infection with polycystic kidney disease?

What is a common infection with polycystic kidney disease?

UTI: Polycystic kidney disease usually causes hematuria (blood in the urine) or a urinary tract infection. These conditions can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could polycystic kidney disease be cured?

Could polycystic kidney disease be cured?

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. ...Read more

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