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.
Last full review/revision February 2014 by Navin Jaipaul, MD, MHS