Our Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Main Article provides a comprehensive look at the who, what, when and how of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
Definition of Polycystic kidney disease
Polycystic kidney disease: A genetic disorder characterized by the development of innumerable cysts in the kidneys. These cysts are filled with fluid, and replace much of the mass of the kidneys which reduces kidney function, leading to kidney failure.
There are two major genetic forms of polycystic kidney disease that are inherited differently and tend to strike at different ages and proceed at different speeds:
Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013
Back to MedTerms online medical dictionary A-Z List
Need help identifying pills and medications?