Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a inherited disorder in which cysts form and grow within the kidneys, causing the kidneys to become enlarged. These cysts can crowd out the functional parts of the kidneys, preventing the kidney from working properly. PKD can be autosomal dominant (children likely to inherit) or autosomal recessive (children less likely to inherit). However, both conditions are serious.

There is no established treatment for PKD at this times. If the cysts multiply or enlarge beyond the kidney's ability to function, the kidney(s) may need to be removed. At UM we are helping to research treatment methods to slow or prevent cyst formation and improve the lives of our patients.

The pediatric nephrology department also works closely with the UM Inherited Diseases Clinic. Please click here for more information on the Inherited Diseases Clinic.