Fetal Treatment Program of New England

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disease in which cysts develop on both kidneys after birth. The age of onset and severity depend on the specific genetic pattern in the family. Diagnosed through routine prenatal ultrasound, computed tomography, nuclear scanning and fetal MRI, polycystic kidney disease can only be treated after birth with dialysis or kidney transplant.