Polycystic liver disease

Also called: PLD

Polycystic liver disease is a condition where you have 10 or more cysts in your liver. Polycystic comes from the medical words for many (poly) and cysts.

Some cases are linked to a kidney condition called polycystic kidney disease.

There are different types of polycystic kidney disease, you might also hear them called autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, ADPKD or autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, ARPKD.

Polycystic liver disease often has no symptoms. It might only be found when you have a scan for something else.

Polycystic liver disease can run in the family (be inherited). But everyone will have a different experience of it. So while some people can become very unwell, others will have no problems. Even though they are closely related.

Most people will not need any treatment for polycystic liver disease. In very severe cases, surgery might be needed.

Polycystic liver disease is part of a group of conditions called “fibrocystic liver conditions”. You can find out more about the other conditions in this group here.


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