Polycystic Kidney Disease

What is polycystic kidney disease?

Polycystic kidney disease is a hereditary disease that has two forms passed down from a parent. Polycystic kidney disease is a major cause of death since about half of the people diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease experience end stage renal disease and will need dialysis and kidney transplant.

For those who inherit polycystic kidney disease, cysts that are filled with fluid form in the kidneys and can change their size, interfering with normal kidney function. Many people with polycystic kidney disease do not have any symptoms, and can live their entire lives without knowing they have the disease until it causes end stage kidney disease and kidney failure, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Ultrasound is the most common way to detect polycystic kidney disease in its initial stage.


Dialysis for Kidney Disease

Many kidney conditions are treated by dialysis to remove toxins, mineral buildup and excess fluid from the body when the kidneys have failed.


Kidney Care (Nephrology)

Our nephrologists, located throughout the Philadelphia suburbs, will medically manage your kidney conditions and develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs.