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What can you expect with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)?

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Cysts often grow very slowly. They can grow even slower when you control your blood pressure and make healthy lifestyle choices. But after many years, they can get large enough to damage your kidneys. As time goes on, some people get kidney failure and need dialysis or a kidney transplant.

How quickly the disease gets worse may depend on which of your two PKD genes is broken. People with a defect in the PKD1 gene tend to get kidney failure before those with a problem in PKD2.

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: "Learning About Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease."

National Kidney Foundation: "Polycystic Kidney Disease."

PKD International: "ADPKD."

PKD Foundation: "Common Questions About How PKD Will Affect Your Health."

Halvorson, C. , June 2010. International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: "Learning About Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease."

National Kidney Foundation: "Polycystic Kidney Disease."

PKD International: "ADPKD."

PKD Foundation: "Common Questions About How PKD Will Affect Your Health."

Halvorson, C. , June 2010. International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 06, 2018

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