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Mother has Polycystic Kidney Disease, Will I be affected

Hello, I am a 28 year old man, my mother has just been diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease. What is the disease about? Will I be affected by this disorder? What are the possible symptoms?

The Doctor Answered:

PKD refers to a genetic disorder and it is mainly characterized by different sizes of fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys.

Generally speaking, it consists of two types, namely autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease(ADPKD) and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease(ARPKD).

Yes, if your mother belongs to the autosomal dominant type, the possibility is 50% that you might be affected by this disease.

Honestly speaking, there is no treatment for this disease. Without effective control, the cysts will experience a constant growth both in numbers and sizes. Gradually, the enlarged cysts will suppress the adjacent renal tissues, resulting decline of renal function. As a result, symptoms like high blood pressure, back pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, sleep problems, protein in urine, headache, etc will appear. What’s more, the pain can be sharp, colic, dull and so on.

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