What causes pain in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Roser Torra, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The pain can be caused by any of the following:

  • Enlargement of one or more cysts
  • Bleeding: May be confined inside the cyst or lead to gross hematuria with passage of clots or a perinephric hematoma
  • UTI (eg, acute pyelonephritis, infected cysts, perinephric abscess)
  • Nephrolithiasis and renal colic
  • Rarely, a coincidental hypernephroma

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