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  • Writer's pictureDr Grant Flanagan

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a common genetic disorder, which causes clusters of cysts to form on a person's kidney/kidneys, leading to kidney damage and failure. These cysts can lead to kidney stones, infections, kidney failure, high blood pressure and other complications.


PKD is the most common inherited kidney disease, where fluid-filled cysts grow, sometimes before birth.


Symptoms of PKD usually develop between the ages of 30 and 40 and may include urinary tract infections, kidney stones, pain in the back or side, and high blood pressure.


Further information on PKD may be found at Better Health Channel and Kidney Health Australia,



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