Few people outside the medical profession know what polycystic kidney disease is and how it can have a
profound effect on kidney (and overall) health. Polycystic kidney disease is often abbreviated to PKD.
Polycystic kidney disease is often inherited. It is characterized by the growth of fluid-filled
cysts on the kidneys. These cysts can damage your kidneys so badly that they no longer function. When kidney
disease occurs, there are only two alternatives for survival: kidney transplantation or kidney dialysis.
PKD is much more prevalent than most people realize, as the narrators of this three minute video
explain. The video has been produced by the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.
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