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autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease

MIM.263200 MIM.208540

Monday 6 October 2003

ARPKD is an autosomal recessive disease characterized by bilateral renal cystic enlargement that starts in utero. About 30% of patients die perinatally, although most patients reach ESRD in infancy, early childhood or adolescence.

Significantly enlarged polycystic kidneys are a hallmark of the disease. The liver is affected in approximately 45% of infants, and hepatic fibrosis is often the main feature in older patients.

Widening of collecting ducts in the kidney and intrahepatic bile ducts in the liver (Caroli disease) is seen at the histological level.


- 1/6000 to 1/14000 births.


- renal ARPKD

  • normal nephrogenesis (nephron induction normal)with normal number of glomerules
  • earliest lesions on medullary ducts with medullary collecting duct dilatation
  • renal cysts (normal glomeruli and tubules are seen between cysts)
  • dilatation of Bownan capsule with glomerular cysts
  • radial elongated dilated tubules
  • radial orientation of dilated tubules
  • loss of corticomedullary differentiation
  • slight interstitial renal fibrosis
  • no significant renal interstitial inflammation

- oligohydramnios sequence (Potter sequence)

  • Potter facies
  • lung hypoplasia

- hepatic ARPKD

  • congenital hepatic fibrosis
  • hepatic cysts
  • bile duct dilation
  • ductal plate anomalies (congenital hepatic fibrosis)
  • cirhhosis and cirrhotic sequence

- pancreatic ARPKD


- mutation in the gene PKHD1 encoding fibrocystin (MIM.606702 - Locus: 6p21.1-p12)


- Polycystic kidney and hepatic disease 1 (PKHD1) was identified by positional cloning and by the demonstration that mutations in its orthologue cause the renal cystic phenotype pck in the rat.

- PKHD1 encodes a novel protein, fibrocystin/polyductin, that has a role in terminal differentiation of the collecting duct and biliary systems - which explains the histological phenotype of patients with ARPKD.

- PKHD1 is also expressed in the primary cilia of renal epithelial cells. Although this is also the site of cystoprotein expression36, no protein interaction partners for PKHD1 have been identified so far in 2005.


- 30 to 50% of affected individuals die in the neonatal period, while others survive into adulthood.

Nota bene: hepato-reno-pancreatic dysplasia has also been described as Ivemark syndrome (Ivemark II syndrome) or Caroli syndrome. This homonymy with the asplenic Ivemark syndrome (MIM.208530) encourages to avoid this name in this condition.

See also

- renal cysts
- cystic renal diseases
- polycystic kidney diseases (PKDs)

Differential diagnosis

- Meckel syndrome
- short rib-polydactyly syndromes
- multiple acyl-CoA dehydrogenation deficiency (MADD)(glutaric aciduria type 2)


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