Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts filled with fluid in the kidneys. These cysts can reduce the kidney's ability to function, leading to kidney failure.

  • PKD can cause cysts in the liver and problems in other organs, such as the heart and blood vessels in brain.

  • PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure and affects about 500,000 people in the United States.

  • According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about one-half of people with autosomal dominant PKD progress to kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease.

Boston Children's Hospital offers the only dedicated pediatric dialysis unit in New England—this means we offer the highest possible quality care if your child requires dialysis, and we are able to perform transplants under optimal conditions.