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What is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)?

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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) causes a lot of fluid-filled sacs, called cysts, to grow in your kidneys. The cysts keep your kidneys from working like they should. That can cause health problems like high blood pressure, infections, and kidney stones. It can also cause kidney failure, although that doesn't happen to everyone.

You can have ADPKD and not know it for many years. It’s often called “adult PKD,” because the symptoms don't usually appear until people reach ages 30 to 40. But over time, ADPKD can start to damage your kidneys.

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 19, 2020

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 19, 2020

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