Kidney transplant for polycystic kidney disease

Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons trained in kidney transplantation are experts in performing kidney transplants to treat people with kidney failure caused by polycystic kidney disease.

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a condition in which many fluid-filled sacs (cysts) develop and grow in your kidneys. It's almost always inherited. This 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 extensive PKD experience 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 may also include:

  • Clinical trials evaluating treatments to slow the progression of PKD
  • Screening for brain aneurysms
  • 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 at the time of transplant
May 09, 2023