renal polycystic disease

Last reviewed 01/2018

Renal polycystic disease is an important cause of renal failure. Two forms are described:

  • autosomal dominant, or adult, polycystic disease
  • autosomal recessive, or childhood, polycystic disease

However, many other conditions may cause renal cysts. Some of these are also familial, multiple, and may cause renal failure. They are described separately.