Polycystic kidney disease care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic kidney specialists (nephrologists) and other doctors experienced in diagnosing and treating polycystic kidney disease — such as hypertension specialists, geneticists, neurologists, surgeons and radiologists — work together to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. Mayo doctors also collaborate with research scientists to find new approaches.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Innovative treatment speeds recovery for polycystic kidney disease.

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Mayo Clinic is at the forefront of research into medications and therapies for managing polycystic kidney disease. Mayo Clinic researchers have identified many of the genes that cause different forms of polycystic kidney disease. Mayo Clinic surgeons pioneered a surgical approach that removes diseased kidneys and transplants healthy kidneys during the same surgery, eliminating the need to wait several months after transplant for kidney removal surgery.

This ongoing research means that in addition to standard therapies, you may also have access to new or emerging polycystic kidney disease therapies not available elsewhere.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors are nationally recognized experts in the treatment of polycystic kidney disease.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

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    Gabriel Ryan wasn't supposed to live. Today, he is thriving

    Eric and Micayla Ryan were experienced parents. They had three children already and thought this ultrasound would be as routine as the ones that had come before. They knew what to expect. Or so they thought. But instead of reassurance, this ultrasound revealed a problem: cysts on the kidneys of the Goodhue, Minnesota, couple's fourth child. Their doctor arranged for the Ryans to meet with specialists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, some 30 miles away,…

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    Innovative program enables patients who are obese to get kidney transplants

    For many patients seeking kidney transplant, obesity is a barrier. Body mass index (BMI) is a traditional criterion for transplant, and a large portion of potential kidney transplant recipients currently have BMIs above the cutoff. Two physicians at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are paving the way to transplant for patients with higher BMIs. Patients, like Wells Larsen, who, because of an innovative new program, has new kidneys and a new outlook on life. Wells…

  3. Chain of transplants gives gift of life to Minnesota teacher

    Amy Infanger had a rare kidney disease and a difficult path to transplant. A transplant chain involving 16 people across the country got her the match she needed and the chance to grow old with her family. Nearly 100,000 Americans are on a waiting list to receive a kidney transplant. For one Minnesota woman, finding a [...]

  4. Son's offer: 'You gave me two kidneys. The least I can do is give one back'

    Andrew Austin with Jean Austin-Danner Andrew Austin urged his mom to come to Mayo Clinic, where he works, for care for kidney disease. When he learned she needed a kidney transplant, he knew what he wanted to do. Jean Austin-Danner was in her 30s when she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, an inherited condition [...]

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic is a leader in the treatment of polycystic kidney disease. Each year, Mayo Clinic experts care for more than 1,200 people who have polycystic kidney disease.

    Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary approach to care for people with polycystic kidney disease allows our experts to safely and effectively treat the complications of polycystic kidney disease, including those related to very large kidney cysts or liver cysts that cause pain. Mayo Clinic doctors are highly skilled in multiple procedures — such as cyst sclerotherapy and partial liver resection — that can help alleviate polycystic kidney disease signs and symptoms.

  • Pediatric expertise. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers diagnosis, care and treatment in a child-friendly environment for children who have autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease or complications of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.

    In Mayo's efficient system, your child can see multiple specialists and receive testing and treatment in days, not months. The care team also includes nurse specialists, social workers, dietitians and behavioral health specialists.

  • Renowned transplant program. A number of referrals to our kidney transplant program have polycystic kidney disease. If you require a kidney transplant, you'll receive a timely referral to transplant specialists at Mayo Clinic's kidney transplant program.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's nephrology and hypertension department's expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Oct. 14, 2020