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Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease?

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a condition that causes many cysts to grow in your kidneys. ADPKD is most often caused by damaged genes, which are inherited from a parent. The cysts may become large and damage your kidneys. When damage occurs, your kidneys may not work properly, or may stop working completely.

Normal Kidney Polycystic Kidney

What are the signs and symptoms of ADPKD?

You may feel no symptoms during the early stages of ADPKD. Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 30 to 40 years, but may also occur during childhood.

What problems may be caused by ADPKD?

How is ADPKD diagnosed?

Tell your healthcare provider if you have family members with ADPKD. He or she may ask what symptoms you feel, when they appeared, and how bad they are. He or she may use any of the following to diagnose ADPKD:

How is ADPKD treated?

Currently there is no cure for ADPKD. Treatment may help decrease symptoms and slow the progress of your ADPKD. You may need one or more of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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