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Can Polycystic Kidney Disease Skip a Generation

Can Polycystic Kidney Disease Skip a GenerationIt is commonly seen that Polycystic Kidney Disease runs in a family, because it is one inherited kidney disorder. When PKD patients want to have a baby, they must wonder how likely Polycystic Kidney Disease is to skip a generation.

Polycystic Kidney Disease has two forms: ADPKD and ARPKD. ADPKD is more common than ARPKD, so today, we mainly talk about the onset and prevention of ADPKD. (If you have any question about the other type, you can ask the doctor online directly.)

According to genetics, children whose one parent has Polycystic Kidney Disease have 50 % of chance to have PKD, while children whose both parents have PKD have 75% of chance to develop ADPKD. The probability is so high that PKD is more likely to appear in two or more generations in one family.

Can Polycystic Kidney Disease skip a generation? The fortunate answer is yes, although it isn’t one easy thing to do. One test, called genetic test, is indeed helpful. For PKD patients at childbearing age, prenatal testing including genetic testing is very important, because it can help them determine whether their child will develop PKD in advance. If they are enough fortunate, they can have a healthy baby just like normal people. In this case, we can know Polycystic Kidney Disease skip a generation successfully.

However, if their child is diagnosed with this genetic disease, prompt and effective treatments can also save their child’s life and kidneys. Even though PKD can’t be reversed completely, some treatments can make kidney cysts kept in small size. Therefore, these cysts won’t affect patients’ kidney functioning tissues.

If you want to learn more information about how to skip a generation with PKD or shrink PKD kidney cysts, you can leave your question to or in the message board below. You can get the answer in 24 hours.

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