Adult Polycystic Kidney Disease (APKD) with Cysts in Kidneys and Liver

Author: V. Dimov, M.D.
Reviewer: S. Randhawa, M.D.

APKD on CT scan of the abdomen. There are multiple cysts in both kidneys and in the liver.



Liver ultrasound of the same patient shows multiple cysts in the liver

Final diagnosis

Adult Polycystic Kidneys Disease (APKD)


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Published: 11/01/2006
Updated: 02/02/2009


  1. execuse me drs.
    iam a medical students, could u help me how i can make a diagnosis from the results above? exactly what do i see in images to be sure that it's a APKD?
    THANK YOU....

  2. Re: "exactly what do i see in images to be sure that it's a APKD?"

    You see cysts - black "holes" in the kidneys and the liver.