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Are kidney problems hereditary? My dad had kidney failure due to a urine infection..And his other kidney was not functioning since childhood.

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Some, unlikely dad's

Polycystic renal disease is hereditary, adult type is autosomal dominant so there is 50% chance of each child of parent with PKD inheriting it.
Pediatric type PKD is recessive & usually fatal at or soon after birth. Bladder reflux which can cause kidney disease can also be heritary. Kidney duplication sometimes assoc. W kidney disease can be inherited. Dad's kidney problem unlikely heritable.

In brief: Some, unlikely dad's

Polycystic renal disease is hereditary, adult type is autosomal dominant so there is 50% chance of each child of parent with PKD inheriting it.
Pediatric type PKD is recessive & usually fatal at or soon after birth. Bladder reflux which can cause kidney disease can also be heritary. Kidney duplication sometimes assoc. W kidney disease can be inherited. Dad's kidney problem unlikely heritable.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Some kidney diseases are hereditary.
Your description indicates your father had a nonfuncitoning kidney and developed pyelonephritis in the other. This alone should not cause kidney failure. You can have your own function checked simply with a blood chemistry test and spot urine albumin/creatinine ratio. A kidney ultrasound is also useful in some circumstances.

In brief: Yes

Some kidney diseases are hereditary.
Your description indicates your father had a nonfuncitoning kidney and developed pyelonephritis in the other. This alone should not cause kidney failure. You can have your own function checked simply with a blood chemistry test and spot urine albumin/creatinine ratio. A kidney ultrasound is also useful in some circumstances.
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Can Be

There are kidney conditions that have a genetic predisposition.
Ask your doctor for specifics with a specific diagnosis that the relatives suffer from.

In brief: Can Be

There are kidney conditions that have a genetic predisposition.
Ask your doctor for specifics with a specific diagnosis that the relatives suffer from.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics

In brief: See below

Non-functioning kidney from childhood was very likely a multycystic dysplastic kidney, a congenital abnormality but not a hereditary condition.
Alport syndrome and vesicoureteral relux can be.

In brief: See below

Non-functioning kidney from childhood was very likely a multycystic dysplastic kidney, a congenital abnormality but not a hereditary condition.
Alport syndrome and vesicoureteral relux can be.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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