Polycystic Kidney Disease is inherited kidney disease that progresses slowly. If it develops into worse condition, it may affect your life in many aspects, such as pregnancy, lifespan etc.
PKD and Pregnancy
PKD patients are suggested to have a baby on the condition of stable kidney function. Due to the disease, pregnancy will overload the kidneys more, which may be a trigger of progressive kidney failure. This is dangerous for both mother-to-be and fetus.
Before you plan to have a baby, you are suggested to manage well preparation for it, including improving kidney function, controlling blood pressure and seeing your doctor at a regular basis.
Will I Pass PKD Genes on My Children?
PKD comes into two forms, autosomal dominant PKD (ADPKD) and autosomal recessive PKD (ARPKD). In ADPKD, an affected parent has 50% chance of passing the disease to his or her child. And if both parents have the disease, the affected possibility of their children will go up to 75%.
Additionally, there is a 10% rate of spontaneous mutation for ADPKD.
ARPKD, the rarer form of polycystic kidney disease, is inherited from both parents and affects between 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 40,000 babies.
Polycystic Kidney Disease and Life Expectancy
There is not a standard answer for Polycystic Kidney Disease Life Expectancy. Some patients will live their whole lives without developing into End Stage Kidney Disease. However, some others develop into kidney failure within several years, which affects their life and lifespan a lot.
PKD can cause Kidney Failure in more than 50% of the patients who have it. And most of these patients develop into kidney failure before they are at the age of 50s to 60s.
Not all patients’ life are affected by PKD greatly. Talking with your doctor about the lifestyle and treatment on the basis of your individual condition will help slow down the course of PKD.