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Kidney Diseases

Is Polycystic Cysts vs. PKD

08/30/2011

Question:

I had a CT scan that stated that I have numerous cysts on each of my kidneys. Also calcification on the kidneys. Does this represent polycystic kidney disease or that I just thatI have a lot of cysts on my kidneys. I know there is a difference between a simple cyst and PKD, but how do you know the difference?

Answer:

Renal cysts: would need to review the CT scan to decide if this is PKD. The radiologist should be able to comment on this. If there is a family history of PKD, this would need to be considered in reviewing the CT scan.

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Response by:

Thomas   Zipp, MD Thomas Zipp, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University