Jefferson University Hospitals

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Whether you have autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (PKD) or acquired cystic kidney disease, the urology specialists at Jefferson can help alleviate the pain associated with this condition.

Working closely with our team of nephrologists (kidney specialists), Jefferson urologists provide surgical treatments, including minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, to help shrink cysts and relieve pain.

PKD is a leading cause of kidney failure. According to the National Kidney Foundation, about 50 percent of people with the autosomal dominant form of PKD progress to kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), by age 60. About 60 percent will have kidney failure by age 70.

If you are experiencing ESRD and are awaiting a donor kidney, dialysis is an important part of your care. And if you do reach the stage of kidney failure and are a candidate for a kidney transplant, turn to our nephrologists and transplant surgeons, who staff Jefferson's extensive Kidney Transplant Program.