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What happens if your cysts from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) grow big enough to damage your kidneys?

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If cysts grow big enough to damage your kidneys, that could cause them to fail. If that happens, you may have:

  • Fatigue
  • The need to pee often
  • Irregular periods
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen ankles, hands, and feet
  • Erectile dysfunction

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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