renal polycystic disease

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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.

Last reviewed 01/2018