polycystic kidney disease

noun

Definition of polycystic kidney disease

: either of two hereditary diseases characterized by gradually enlarging bilateral cysts of the kidney which lead to reduced renal functioning or renal failure

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Recent Examples on the Web Surprisingly, none of the studyrsquo;s Persian cats—a breed known to suffer from polycystic kidney disease—tested positive for the illness-causing variant, Anderson says. Fionna M. D. Samuels, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 Doctors pinned it on polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, a genetic illness that causes many cysts to develop inside the kidneys and disrupt normal functioning. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 2 May 2022 Elliot grew up watching his mother suffer from polycystic kidney disease. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 In April 2020, Strauss and her husband lost their first and newborn child, Austin, to PKD (polycystic kidney disease). Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 For example, Lyons writes that the genetic illness polycystic kidney disease is prevalent in some cat breeds, and that the condition also occurs in humans. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 July 2021 Later he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and had two kidney transplants. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2021 Other possible causes of chronic kidney disease include polycystic kidney disease, lupus, IgA glomerulonephritis, IgA vasculitis, Alport syndrome, renal artery stenosis, autoimmune disorders like Goodpasture’s disease, and some infections. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 17 May 2021 The 75-year-old Maryland man was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease decades ago, causing his organs to fail over time. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2021 See More

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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polycystic kidney disease

noun

Medical Definition of polycystic kidney disease

: either of two hereditary diseases characterized by gradually enlarging bilateral cysts of the kidney which lead to reduced renal functioning:
a : a disease that is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, is usually asymptomatic until middle age, and is marked by side or back pain, hematuria, urinary tract infections, and nephrolithiasis
b : a disease that is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, usually affects infants or children, and results in renal failure

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