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What is the typical life expectancy for someone with polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Michael Perez
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In brief: No straight answer

if your kidney function remains preserved, no effect.
if the kidney function declines and you wind up on dialysis, the life expectancy becomes more consistent with what people on dialysis get. and that can be pretty good if everything remains ideal. at some point kidney transplant may be an attractive option if there is no contraindication to the surgery which is involved in transplant.

In brief: No straight answer

if your kidney function remains preserved, no effect.
if the kidney function declines and you wind up on dialysis, the life expectancy becomes more consistent with what people on dialysis get. and that can be pretty good if everything remains ideal. at some point kidney transplant may be an attractive option if there is no contraindication to the surgery which is involved in transplant.
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