Polycystic Kidney Disease

Also known as PKD or PCKD, an inherited disease in which the kidneys develop many cysts and become enlarged. There are two forms of PKD – Autosomal Dominant PKD (ADPKD), in which one inherited gene causes the disease, usually affecting adults later in life, but sometimes affecting children as well; and the rarer form known as Autosomal Recessive PKD (ARPKD), in which two copies of the abnormal gene are present. ARPKD is a very serious illness that affects babies and children.

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