Kidney transplant for polycystic kidney disease

Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons trained in kidney transplantation have extensive expertise and experience performing kidney transplants to treat people with kidney failure caused by polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

Polycystic kidney disease is a condition in which many fluid-filled sacs (cysts) develop and grow in your kidneys, and it's almost always inherited. Polycystic kidney disease can reduce your kidney function and may lead to kidney failure. If you experience kidney failure, you'll need dialysis or preferably a kidney transplant.

Mayo Clinic doctors with expertise in PKD provide comprehensive treatment and care for people with PKD and their family members. Your plan of care may include an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for a kidney transplant. Your care also may include:

  • Clinical trials evaluating treatments to slow the progression of PKD
  • Screening for brain aneurysms, which are more common in people with PKD
  • Treatment of polycystic liver disease
  • Genetic testing and counseling for family members and treatment for family members
  • Minimally invasive surgical removal (laparoscopic removal) of polycystic kidneys when necessary