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How many people have the gene for polycystic kidney disease (PKD)?

Anjay Rastogi, MD
Nephrology
Between 1 in 400 and 1 in 1,000 people have the gene for polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is the most common inherited cause of kidney failure in the United States. It is a common reason why some people end up on dialysis and need a kidney transplant. PKD causes a significant financial burden on society.

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