Polycystic Kidney Disease Symptoms

Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease Symptoms

Besides the kidneys, autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease in children can affect the liver, spleen, and pancreas. This causes a number of the symptoms seen with this type of disease, including:
These symptoms can begin before birth, so it is often called infantile PKD. Children born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease usually develop kidney failure within a few years. The severity of the disease varies. Babies with the worst cases die hours or days after birth. Children with an infantile form of autosomal recessive PKD may have sufficient kidney function for normal activities for a few years. People with juvenile PKD may live into their teens or twenties, and usually have liver problems as well.

Symptoms of Acquired Cystic Kidney Disease

Patients with acquired cystic kidney disease (ACKD) usually seek help because they notice blood in their urine (hematuria). The cysts bleed into the urinary system, which discolors urine. Other symptoms for this form of polycystic kidney disease may include:


People with acquired cystic kidney disease are also at increased risk of developing kidney cancer. With kidney cancer, other symptoms may include:


  • A lump or mass in the side or the abdomen
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Feeling very tired or having a general feeling of poor health.


(Click Kidney Cancer Symptoms for more information about possible symptoms of kidney cancer.)


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