Polycystic kidney disease
* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Polycystic kidneys
Frequent complications of polycystic kidney disease include dangerously high blood pressure (hypertension), severe pain in the back or sides, blood in the urine (hematuria), recurrent urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and heart valve abnormalities. People with this condition also have an increased risk an aortic aneurysm in the brain (an abnormal bulging of the large blood vessel at the base of the brain). Aneurysms can be life-threatening if they tear or rupture.
- Polycystic kidney disease. Genetics Home Reference. 2006; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/polycystic-kidney-disease. Accessed 12/8/2011.