Polycystic kidney disease (also called PKD) causes fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys. If too many cysts grow or if they get too big, the kidneys become damaged. PKD cysts can slowly reduce kidney function and lead eventually to kidney failure. PKD is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S., and there is no cure. In the United States, about 600,000 people suffer with PKD. PKD affects people of all races, and it strikes men and women about equally. It is the cause of about five percent of all kidney failures.
Mostly, PKD is caused by an inherited gene, so it’s not preventable. Children have a fifty percent chance of developing PKD if one parent carries the gene. If a person has the PKD gene, he or she will have some form of the disease at some point in his or her lifetime. In about ten percent of PKD cases, the gene for the disease was not inherited, but mutated. While there is no cure, treatments and surgeries can help people with PKD deal with the pain and infections associated with the condition. However, misdiagnosis of polycystic kidney disease can lead to a rapid deterioration of your medical condition, and it may constitute medical malpractice. If you are a PKD patient and a victim of medical negligence, speak at once with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. You have the right to be compensated for the harm you suffer from medical malpractice.
The failure to receive a precise and early PKD diagnosis and the appropriate treatment can lead to acute renal failure. If you are the victim of medical malpractice involving PKD or another kidney disease, don’t wait to discuss your situation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who works exclusively with kidney disease patients. Do it now. Make the call immediately, and let an experienced medical malpractice attorney fight for the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.