Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the most common chronic, life threatening genetic diseases. It affects an estimated 600,000 Americans and millions worldwide. PKD affects children as well as adults. Cystic kidney disease in children devastates families, and dramatically affects quality of life for children who have it.

What is PKD

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disease causing uncontrolled growth of cysts in the kidney eventually leading to kidney failure. It affects all racial and ethnic groups equally.

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What is ADPKD

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, ADPKD, is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases. In ADPKD, fluid-filled cysts develop and enlarge in both kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure.

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What is ARPKD

Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, ARPKD, is a rare genetic disorder occurring in approximately 1 in 20,000 children. It affects boys and girls equally and can cause death in the first month of life.

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