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Overview of Cystic Kidney Disease

By

Enrica Fung

, MD, MPH, Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Medically Reviewed Apr 2021 | Modified Sep 2022
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Cystic kidney disease may be congenital or acquired. Congenital disorders may be inherited as autosomal dominant disorders or autosomal recessive disorders or have other causes (eg, sporadic mutations, chromosomal abnormalities, teratogens). Some are part of a malformation syndrome (see table Major Groups of Cystic Nephropathies Major Groups of Cystic Nephropathies Major Groups of Cystic Nephropathies ).

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