Polycystic kidney disease
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a kidney condition where a person develops multiple benign cysts in the kidneys and other organs. In the kidneys, over time, cyst growth can lead to kidney failure as normal healthy tissue is replaced.
The most common form of this condition is autosomal dominant PKD (ADPKD). This a genetic disease and screening can help diagnose ADPKD early.
Symptoms of ADPKD
Common symptoms can vary. However, they may include back or abdominal pain, recurrent urine infections, blood in the urine, kidney stones and kidney failure.
In some patients, multiple cysts can develop in the liver and pancreas, which can lead to a physical expansion in the stomach area.
Treatment of ADPKD
We offer, as appropriate:
treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure)
medication to manage symptoms of polycystic kidneys
treatment to slow down cyst growth with Tolvaptan
screening/genetic testing for suspected ADPKD where appropriate
Number: 0203 313 8333/38337
Consultant: Dr Peter Hill
Clinics: Every Friday morning, offering a mixture of virtual and face-to-face appointments
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