ROCKVILLE, MD / ACCESSWIRE / September 4, 2020 / The American Kidney Fund (AKF) today announced a new education initiative focused on autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), the most common type of PKD. The initiative is designed to increase awareness of ADPKD, and to provide helpful education resources for those at risk to help facilitate conversations with their health care providers about testing and available treatments.
ADPKD is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys, causing chronic kidney disease. It is the most commonly inherited form of kidney disease with about 6,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. Symptoms usually develop between the ages of 30 and 40, and about half of patients progress to end-stage renal disease (ESRD, or kidney failure) by age 60. About 2% of new cases of kidney failure are caused by ADPKD.
AKF’s ADPKD awareness