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Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence

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The UCSF Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence is dedicated to providing comprehensive, cutting-edge care to patients with polycystic kidney disease, or PKD. PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, and more than half of people with PKD will develop kidney failure by the age of 50.

Because PKD can affect many organ systems in addition to the kidneys, our center is experienced in navigating all medical conditions related to PKD. Our team includes experts from many different specialties – including nephrology, hepatology, cardiology, radiology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and maternal-fetal medicine – as well as a dedicated dietitian and genetic counselor. Our patients benefit from the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment options, including advanced imaging technologies to monitor progression of the disease.

As a growing hub for PKD research, we are also working toward developing new therapies. Find out more about our clinical research.

Support us

Your contributions will help us realize our vision for this innovative PKD Center of Excellence and make considerable strides toward finding a cure for PKD.

To make a contribution, visit us here.

To find out more about giving opportunities, contact Allison White, assistant director of development, at [email protected] or (415) 514-1137.

A gift of any size helps advance the center and provides important support for our most pressing needs. On behalf of the UCSF Division of Nephrology, thank you for your interest in our work.

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    Hyperpolarized 13C Pyruvate MRI Scan in Predicting Tumor Aggressiveness in Patients With Renal ...

    Descriptive statistics (mean, median, standard deviation, distribution, etc) of the metabolism measures will be calculated. The investigators will use a tree-based cross-validated Classification & Regression Trees (CART) model for...


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    APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO)

    Time from receipt of kidney transplant to death-censored renal allograft failure. Measured in days.


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    Genetic Testing in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease

    The survey incorporates the GAD4 questionnaire, which has scores graded from 0-3. It also includes questions graded on a Likert scale (1-5). The outcome measures will be reported as mean (SD) for each question on the survey. The i...


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    Ambulatory Versus Inpatient Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

    Any of: Emergency department visits related to procedure, unplanned provider visits, re-admission related to the procedure, blood transfusion, and need for secondary procedures. Patients with an emergency department or provider vi...


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    Effect of Group Preoperative Pelvic Floor Training for HoLEP

    Urinary incontinence (present/absent) will be defined according to the guidelines of the International Continence Society as involuntary loss of urine experienced during the bladder storage phase using self-report measures at regu...


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    UPURS Trial for Patient-centered Management of Symptomatic Obstructing Stones

    Measure on a scale of 1-10, with zero indicating no pain and 10 indicating the worst pain.


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    Break Wave(TM) Extracorporeal Lithotripter First-in-Human Study

    Stone fragmentation as determined by stone passage or imaging confirmation.


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    Accuracy of Ultrasound for Detecting Residual Fragments During RIRS

    The diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound and fluoroscopy will be measured in conjunction with endoscopic examination for detecting residual fragments during retrograde intrarenal surgery for renal stones treatment by the same endouro...


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    • usnews-neurology

      Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • Rated high-performing hospital for acute kidney failure

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