adult polycystic disease

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adult polycystic disease (APD)

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Adult polycystic disease affects many organs in the body, not just the kidneys.
If one parent has adult polycystic disease, each child has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the disease.
However, not everyone who has one or more of these symptoms has the disease and not every patient with adult polycystic disease has these symptoms.
Adult polycystic disease is diagnosed by taking a "picture" of the kidneys.
In many families, special blood tests may be done to look for the abnormal gene associated with adult polycystic disease.
Can someone have adult polycystic disease even if the ultrasound test is normal?
At present, there is no specific treatment for adult polycystic disease.
Patients with adult polycystic disease do well with these treatments.
Individuals whose kidneys are enlarged due to adult polycystic disease may have an increased chance of bleeding from certain activities, and patients with this disease should consult their doctors before starting an exercise program.
Should people with adult polycystic disease have children?
Patients with adult polycystic disease who are concerned about passing the disease to their children may want to consult a genetic counselor to help them make this decision.

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