Modern Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease

Modern Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily in the kidneys. When severe, PKD causes kidney failure. Mikel Prieto, M.D., a transplant surgeon at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses a landmark case that set a new standard of care for operating on patients with PKD. 

PKD patients requiring kidney transplant have traditionally been treated with two separate surgeries: one to receive a kidney transplant, the other to remove the diseased kidneys. Mayo Clinic uses a modern, minimally invasive surgical technique that combines living donor transplant and bilateral nephrectomy into one operation. Learn how this approach is helping patients to recover more quickly, avoid dialysis and the risks associated with two separate surgeries.   

Video Content Outline:

  •        Introduction
  •        Rationale and specifics of combined living donor transplant and bilateral nephrectomy (0:29)
  •        PKD as a genetic disease (1:04)
  •        PKD symptoms and diagnosis (1:21)
  •        Jolinda’s landmark case (1:55)
  •        Risks of treating PKD with two surgeries (3:28)
  •        Living donor transplantation (4:08)
  •        Kidney paired donation (4:40)
  •        Long-term outlook (4:53)

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