What Is Polycystic Kidney Disease?


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E Jacobson answered
Polycystic kidney disease is actually one of the most common inherited conditions which affects people worldwide. The condition can vary from being life threatening to people living with it and not actually knowing that they have it !
It is estimated that some 12.5 million people worldwide have PKD. Multiple sac-like growths or cysyts develop within the kidneys, which may cause the kidneys to grow up to four times their normal size. Some people (although not all people) with PKD will experience kidney failure by the time that they are 60. There is also a 50% chance that someone with the condition will pass it on to their children.
Currently there is no cure for the disease, but in 2002 Japanese and American scientists announced that they had located the gene responsible for a rare form of the disease called autosomal recessive PKD which kills infants shortly after birth. It is hoped that locating this gene may expedite a cure being found.
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kidneyhospital sjz , care for kidneys, answered

PKD refers to many various cysts in renal parenchyma of both kidneys.Then the various cysts will be larger with the time going on and constrict the kidneys.What's worse,the bigger cysts will rupture and damage the kidneys,effecting the renal function.PKD has 2 types:ARPKD(Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease) and ADPKD(Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease).

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I have traces of blood in my urine and my Blood pressure has recently gone up, I have about 2-3 urinary track infections a year

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