What is polycystic kidney disease?

A genetic disorder characterized by cysts in the kidneys. The more common type is autosomal dominant trait and usually appears at middle age. Patients with the autosomal recessive trait type present with progressive renal failure early in life.

How do members experience polycystic kidney disease?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with polycystic kidney disease*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for polycystic kidney disease*

Who has polycystic kidney disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age Proportion # of patients
<20 8
20s 22
30s 60
40s 126
50s 188
60s 208
70+ 102

Distribution of sex


Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 231
Female 480