Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease


How common is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease syndrome?

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease is the most common inherited cause of kidney disease. The prevalence is estimated to be somewhere between 1 in 400 to 1,000 in the general population. Prevalence is the measurement of all individuals affected by the disease at a particular time. Incidence is the amount of new people with a disorder or newly-diagnosed. It is estimated to affect as many as 600,000 people in the United States have the disorder. Many people may not known they have the disorder because they do not have symptoms, or only have mild symptoms. The disorder accounts for about 5% of all people needing dialysis or a kidney transplant in the United States. The disorder can affect people of any race or ethnic background.

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