Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common life-threatening genetic disease in the United States and the fourth leading cause of kidney failure. Primary care providers with a heightened awareness of ADPKD can play an important part in detection and early referral. Additionally, PCPs can treat disease manifestations, manage comorbid conditions that can worsen disease progression, aid in care coordination, and enhance patient communication and knowledge of their disease.
- Identify patients with risk factors and/or clinical manifestations that may indicate a diagnosis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)
- Recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to managing ADPKD, with prompt referral to nephrology as an integral component
- Employ open communication to optimize care and provide patients with knowledge, resources, and support