Hereditary polycystic kidney disease (adult form): a microdissection study of two cases at an early stage of the disease

Kidney Int. 1978 Jun;13(6):519-25. doi: 10.1038/ki.1978.75.


Kidney fragments from two cases of hereditary polycystic kidney disease (adult form) at an early stage were examined by microdissection. Localized cystic cystic dilatations were found in proximal and distal tubules, loops of Henle, and collecting tubules. Entirely normal nephrons and collecting tubules were also observed. Abnormal branching of collecting tubules or the abnormal attachment of nephrons, as described in other microdissection studies, were not found. Our observations do not confirm the hypothesis that the adult form of hereditary polycystic kidney disease is the consequence of ampullary dysfunction during early development.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Glomerulus / pathology*
  • Kidney Tubules / pathology*
  • Kidney Tubules, Collecting / pathology
  • Kidney Tubules, Distal / pathology
  • Kidney Tubules, Proximal / pathology
  • Loop of Henle / pathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Nephrectomy
  • Polycystic Kidney Diseases / etiology
  • Polycystic Kidney Diseases / genetics*
  • Polycystic Kidney Diseases / pathology