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Overview of Cystic Kidney Disorders

By Navin Jaipaul, MD, MHS

In cystic kidney disorders, the kidneys develop fluid-filled sacs (cysts). There are many cystic kidney disorders. Some are inherited and present from birth (congenital) and others develop later in life as a result of other disorders the person has (acquired). Some congenital cystic kidney disorders occur in people who have other congenital disorders such as Von Hippel–Lindau disease and Zellweger syndrome.