A fault in early kidney development results in renal dysplasia or renal cystic diseases. Most of these faults occur spontaneously and we know little about. Some, on the other hand, are genetic and passed down from parents to children. Polycystic kidney disease is one of the most common genetic conditions that lead to development of cystic kidneys.
If you have been diagnosed with kidney cystic disease, you should talk to your health care provider about if your children should be checked. Many renal cystic diseases are passed down and the specific disorder will determine whether your children should be tested. Cystic kidney disease cannot be cured, but early evaluation in children can be helpful to decrease problems.
If your child has been diagnosed with kidney cystic disease, you may need to be tested. Some of the cystic kidney diseases in children are passed down from a parent. Testing will let you know which parent is also affected. In most cases there is already a known family history of a similar condition.
Diagnosing kidney cystic disease in someone without symptoms or relatives with the disease may cause problems with health insurance. Since treatment is based on symptoms, it is helpful for any parent to talk about the pros and cons of early diagnosis with a urologist.
Renal cystic disease is common in people with a variety of other serious maladies. Below are six different types of cystic disease.
Simple Renal Cyst
Most of these conditions have no single treatment, and the focus is on managing the symptoms. You should talk about choices with your health care provider.
Signs of cystic kidney disease getting worse are:
Kidney disease may also progress with no clear signs.
Your urologist will recommend regular follow-up tests based on your kidney status. Since there are no cures for these problems, long-term management is needed. For your best health, it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice about management over time.