Are There any Polycystic Kidney Disease in Children?

Q:
Are there any polycystic kidney disease in children?

A:
The most common polycystic kidney disease in children is Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, or called ARPKD. This disease is usually immediately found on newborn infants. Many grape-like cysts may grow on the infants kidneys. The number may increase or the cysts may grow bigger. Eventually, these cysts will destroy the normal working of kidney tissues , causing high blood pressure and even kidney failure.

ARPKD can be a fatal disease. It may affect the liver, spleen, pancreas and other organs of the body. Symptoms of the disease usually appear shortly after birth. The infants may experience the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Frequent urination

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