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What is the cause of polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine

In brief: Inherited disease

You inherit polycystic kidney disease, so it is reasonable to be evaluated if you have a parent with polycystic kidneys.
Evaluation will likely include a painless ultrasound (sound wave) examination. If you know you have polycystic kidneys, you want to do everything you can to protect their function. At some point, though, you may need dialysis or a transplant. Talk to your doctor. LGromkoMD

In brief: Inherited disease

You inherit polycystic kidney disease, so it is reasonable to be evaluated if you have a parent with polycystic kidneys.
Evaluation will likely include a painless ultrasound (sound wave) examination. If you know you have polycystic kidneys, you want to do everything you can to protect their function. At some point, though, you may need dialysis or a transplant. Talk to your doctor. LGromkoMD
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