Polycystic Kidney Disease: An Overview

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Polycystic Kidney Disease: An Overview

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a common genetic disorder where multiple fluid-filled cysts develop in the kidneys, causing them to enlarge and lose function over time. This chapter provides an overview of PKD, starting with its definition and the types—Autosomal Dominant PKD (ADPKD) and Autosomal Recessive PKD (ARPKD). It explores the history and discovery of PKD, tracing its understanding from ancient observations to modern genetic research. The prevalence and demographics of PKD are examined, highlighting its widespread impact across different populations and age groups.

Cite as: Polycystic Kidney Disease: An Overview. In: Polycystic Kidney Disease: Public Education. Brisbane (AU): Exon Publications; 2024. Online first 2024 May 28. ISBN: 978-0-6458663-8-4
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36255/polycystic-kidney-disease-overview


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