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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease: are we underestimating the burden in Africa?

Mojeed Olaitan Rafiu

1Nephrology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria; 2Department of Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.

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Published: 04 March 2023

Citation: Rafiu MO. Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease: are we underestimating the burden in Africa?. Trop J Med Dent Pract 2023; 2(3):71-75 doi: 10.47227/tjmdp.v2i3.4

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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney (ADPKD) is a multisystemic disease previously referred to as adult polycystic kidney disease. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion and has 100% penetrance. ADPKD is rare among Africans. In this report, a middle-aged woman that met the diagnostic criteria for ADPKD is presented. She was evaluated and managed, but none of her first-degree relatives was available for screening despite adequate education and counselling.This report suggests that the poor health seeking disposition of some Africans may be leading to under-reporting of ADPKD among Africans.

Keywords: Africans, Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney, adult polycystic kidney disease

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