Adult Polycystic Kidneys Disease (APKD)

Author: V. Mundra, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Florida
Reviewer: V. Dimov, M.D.

A 48-year-old male is admitted to the hospital with complaints of RUQ abdominal pain for 5 days.

A CT scan of the abdomen showed polycystic kidney disease and the pain was attributed to hemorrhage in one of the cysts.

The CT scan images show bilateral enlarged kidneys with multiple cysts – a classic finding of polycystic kidney disease.

Polycystic kidney disease.

The patient also had a Berry aneurysm which is a classic association with this disease.

Final diagnosis

Adult Polycystic Kidneys Disease (APKD)


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Published: 11/23/2008
Updated: 02/02/2009

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