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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Is It Safe to Have Kids With PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease)

2014-09-23 08:02

Is It Safe to Have Kids With PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease)Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that is characterized by a cluster of fluid-filled sacs on the kidneys. This kind of kidney disease may pass down to the next generation. Well then, is it safe to have kids with PKD? It depends on your own condition. If you are planning to have kids, you can get some helpful information.

Is it safe to have kids with Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Your level of kidney function greatly affects your ability to conceive and to go on to have a successful pregnancy. If your kidney function is normal, your fertility is also likely to be normal. If your kidney function is severely impaired, the levels of reproductive hormones that your body produces may be considerably reduced, meaning that it could be harder to conceive.

What is the risk of my baby inheriting ADPKD?

If you have PKD, there is a one in two (50 per cent) chance of your baby also inheriting the PKD gene and developing PKD sometime during their life. If you are particularly concerned about having a baby with ADPKD you may wish to talk to your GP or kidney specialist about being referred to a specialist centre for genetic counselling.

What should I do if I am planning a pregnancy?

Ideally, pregnancy planning should be offered to women with PKD. This is so that you understand before you fall pregnant how your kidneys will affect your pregnancy, and how being pregnant may affect your kidneys.

It’s also very important to make sure, where possible, that you are not on any medication that might affect the developing baby, and that any other medical problems that might change with pregnancy are monitored.

If you are thinking about becoming pregnant it’s advisable to talk to your doctor before you start trying to conceive. You may be referred to an obstetrician with an interest in medical problems in pregnancy.

Some common drugs taken by people affected by ADPKD are unsafe in pregnancy, because they may affect the developing baby.

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