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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is polycystic kidney disease (PKD)?

A hereditary condition where groups of cysts form mainly in the kidneys, causing them to enlarge and lose function over time. Cysts are noncancerous round sacs filled with fluid. Having numerous or large cysts can damage the kidneys.

Symptoms of polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

  • Kidney problem on a previous ultrasound scan

  • Relatives with a history of brain aneurysms

  • Family history of kidney disease

  • Bloody or red urine

  • Episode of high blood pressure (systolic blood pressure of 140mmHg and above)

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Back pain

  • Abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

  • Have you ever had any kidney ultrasound abnormalities?

  • Do you have a family history of brain aneurysms?

  • Any relatives with kidney disease?

  • Have you ever had red or brown urine?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen or stomach is bloated?

Treatment for polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

Treatment aims to prevent complications and relieve symptoms. Medications are used to manage high blood pressure and treat urinary tract infections. Growth hormone can help improve growth. Dialysis and transplantation are required once kidney failure occurs.

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Caroline M. Doan, DO

Caroline M. Doan, DO (Internal medicine)

Dr. Doan received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from UCLA. Prior to obtaining her medical degree, she was involved in oncology clinical research at City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in southern California. She attended medical school at Touro University California, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds an active medical license in several states. She currently works as a physician for Signify Health providing home-based health care.

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