What Is Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Q:
What is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease?

A:
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the full and scientific name for polycystic kidney disease. ADPKD is also often called “adult PKD” because the symptoms don’t usually appear until people reach 30 to 40 years old.

ADPKD is caused by a problem with one of the two genes in your DNA–PKD1 or PKD2. A problem with either gene causes kidney cells to grow out of control and form cysts within your kidneys. ADPKD can destroy your kidneys’ functions. It may also cause health problems like high blood pressure, infections, kidney stones or kidney failure.

Luckily, you can slow the damage by keeping healthy habits, especially habits that can maintain your blood pressure. With the help from your doctor, you can lead an active life for many years. There are yet no cure for this disease, but scientists are working on it.

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