Today’s topic, Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, is one of those diseases. Until I researched this, I had no idea what to make of it. The first thing I learned was that it affected 1 in 20,000 births. Here are some symptoms:
- Increased size of the collecting tubule in both kidneys (both kidneys are always affected).
- Increased urine output in children, due to the inability of the kidneys to regulate water retention.
- Progressive loss of kidney function.
- For children who were affected while in the womb, it can cause significant lung damage (the kidneys affect how much amniotic fluid is made, which in turn determines lung function).
- In children who live past the first month of life (roughly 70% of patients), kidney transplant is almost always required by the age of 10. 82% of those children will be alive by the time they reach the age of 10.
There are approximately 12.5 million people affected in some way by this disease in America. If you want to help, please go to the following website: