Presymptomatic diagnosis of adult onset polycystic kidney disease by ultrasonography

B. Wolf*, A. T. Rosenfield, K. J.W. Taylor, N. Rosenfield, S. Gottlieb, Y. E. Hsia

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Results of an ongoing prospective study of progeny of patients with adult‐onset polycystic kidney disease using grey‐scale ultrasound and high‐dose nephrotomography are reported. Six asymptomatic subjects out of 17 at risk for polycystic kidney disease were found by ultrasonography to have multiple renal cysts; this included two unrelated children aged 18 months and 6 y who had normal high‐dose nephrotomography. We suggest that ultrasonography may be the method of choice for presymptomatic detection of polycystic kidney disease. Serial studies of at‐risk individuals by sonography will be useful in determining the earliest age of detection, the latest age of ultrasonography presentation, and in following the natural history of polycystic kidney disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalClinical genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1978


  • Polycystic
  • renal
  • ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics


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