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Kidney Cysts in Children

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It’s stressful to learn that your child has a chronic condition like polycystic kidney disease. You’re doing everything right by asking us for expert opinions about your child’s care. Why? Because our children's kidney program has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best in the U.S. Our team will work with you and your child to manage symptoms of polycystic kidney disease as well as slow the decline of kidney function.


Polycystic kidney disease is when kidney cysts form on both kidneys. These fluid-filled pouches replace normal tissue and progressively diminish kidney function. Polycystic kidney disease is the most common inherited disease in the U.S. Symptoms can include headache, backache and blood in the urine. Fifty percent of patients with this condition will have end-stage kidney failure between the ages of 50 and 60, requiring a kidney transplant.