Chronic Kidney Disease

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1) Welcome to an #accredited #tweetorial on a patient’s perspective of the clinical course of #ADPKD. Earn 0.5h CME/CE credit #physicians #nurses #nursepractitioners #physicianassistants #geneticists #hepatologists by following this 🧵. I am Tess Harris @Elektra of @PKDCharity 🇬🇧

2) This program is supported by an educational grant from Otsuka Pharmaceuticals & is intended for healthcare providers. Faculty disclosures Learn more about #ADPKD & earn MORE credit Follow us! @fjcaskey @NWiegley @pecoitsfilho

3) Medical disclaimer: I’m not a physician. This program is based on mix of 40+ yrs lived experience & 17 years representing #ADPKD patients worldwide. @PKDCharity @PKD_Int @ErkNet @Song

4) My framework is ‘ADPKD Route Map’ (2018) It was developed by #HCPs & patients to explain types of care & support patients and families should expect from a health service.

5) #ADPKD most common inherited kidney disease. 5% ESRD in ; 8-10% . Heterogenous inter/intrafamilial. Mainly caused by 2 genes PKD1 (78%) & PKD2 (15%). Newer rarer genes inc GANAB, DNAJB11, ALG9 & IFT140. 5-10% de novo diagnoses.

6) How is #ADPKD diagnosed?
a) tested/screened’ in childhood due to family history
b) during exam for other reason, eg #hypertension, suspected kidney stone, haematuria, pregnancy
c) incidentally, eg scan following abdominal injury/surgery.

7) The diagnosis is often a shock to patient/parent; many describe feeling ‘devastated’, others have ‘genetic guilt’ when told

8) Historically, ultrasound imaging was sufficient for diagnosis, using unified criteria (2009) for adults Recently pts are offered CTs, MRIs & genetic testing. Other tests inc bloods, urine, BP.

9) Please respond by commenting: how do you diagnose #ADPKD in your patients? U/S, CT, MRI, exome sequencing (WES), whole-genome sequencing (WGS), other tests?

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10) Initial treatments are symptomatic esp #BP (~7 in 10 at diagnosis); suggested target 110/75, than in #CKD. Chronic pain may be reported but limited treatments available. DIPAK Consortium proposed helpful stepwise approach for management

11) At specialist centres, pts might be referred for known non-kidney manifestations eg brain aneurysm scans, liver cyst evaluation, pain, family planning/genetic counselling. But this not usual. In early stage, eGFR is high/stable . . .

12) . . . & pts are generally little more & told to return in a year. This is when they turn to ‘Dr Internet’ for help & discover that #ADPKD is ‘more than a kidney disease. (refer again to

13) Personal note: I was diagnosed over the phone after family screening. Pre-internet era, went to medical bookshop, discovered #ADPKD was incurable & average age of death was 57. My father died at 57 ironically.

14) My enlightened kidney doctor gave me annual creatinine results, which I graphed from 1983. Alas, I showed a classic PKD1 trajectory, #PD in 2019, DCD #Txp 2020 (at later age than siblings due to heterogeneity).

15) Non-kidney (‘extra-renal’) manifestations don’t always manifest, but many do at diagnosis or over time. 8-10% have brain aneurysms (twice general population), which occasionally lead to postmortem diagnosis.

16) Bursting rarely but devastatingly, pts understandably fear them. Aneurysms were ranked 5th most important outcome in #SONG-PKD

17a) Liver cysts for many pts have been the most surprising. Historically, pts never knew unless told incidentally by radiographer or at pre-transplant scan. 8-9 in 10 adults have cystic livers.

17b) If >20 cysts, this is #PLD (polycystic liver disease) of which 5% have massive hepatomegaly (enlarged liver), with surgical implications.

18) However, many will experience pain from hepatomegaly (plus cystic kidneys) & cyst infections. Resulting abdominal distention can cause body dysmorphia. “When are you due?” is common. [Images shown with permission]

19) Check your knowledge: All #ADPKD patients will have #PLD?

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21) Welcome back! We're discussing the patient perspective on #ADPKD and YOU are earning 🆓CE/#CME 🇬🇧🇪🇺🇨🇦🇺🇸! I am @Elektra. Thanks for joining us–now FOLLOW us!
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22) Yesterdays poll? It's FALSE, but not by much. Per 🔓, patients with #ADPKD have associated #PLD in 75% -90% of cases.

23) Other issues faced by the typical pt w/ ADPKD include infections (UTIs, kidney/liver cysts), #kidneystones, benign cysts (brain, pancreas, throat), bowel #diverticula, heart (mitral valve prolapse, #LVH). See 🔓

24) As in any #CKD, #ADPKD pts experience other ‘unpleasant symptoms’ with kidney function decline 🔓

25) Due to genetic & other factors, progression of #ADPKD is difficult to predict. Can consider biomarkers, #eGFR, Total Kidney Volume (#TKV) or 🧬 mutation, ♂️/♀️, age at #hypertension onset, or 1st urological sign.

26) There are #ADPKD prediction scores, including #PROPKD (🔓 & Mayo Classification (below,🔓

27) To date, only 1⃣ disease-modifying #ADPKD treatment, #tolvaptan, has been authorised: 2015 in 🇪🇺 & 2018 in 🇺🇸

28) Treatment algorithms vary: 🇺🇸🔓, and 🇪🇺🔓

29) Please respond by commenting: how do you decide whom to treat with tolvaptan? Mayo Classification, PROPKD, eGFR decline rate, genetic mutation, family history, other?

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30) For those who reach end stage kidney disease (ESKD), kidney replacement therapy (KRT) is only option to survive. Typical ESKD < 60 yrs in 🇪🇺. See 🔓

31) #KRT choices: Living/deceased donor transplant, peritoneal dialysis, haemodialysis. Sometimes, pre or post-transplant #ADPKD pts have kidneys removed (nephrectomies) due to size, pain, infections.

32) Other surgical interventions in #ADPKD inc kidney cyst aspiration/deroofing (fenestration), aneurysm coiling, hernia fixing, liver resection or transplantation.

33) Psychosocial & economic burden #ADPKD patients’ & caregivers/family #QOL, #anxiety, #depression, ability to work & life participation. Care ‘outside clinic’ @PKDFoundation @PKDCharity @PKD_eV @endPKD @AIRPonlus @PKD_Australia

34) Don’t forget the children! #ADPKD was considered ‘adult’ condition but they do present with symptoms, especially ⬆️ #BP. 🔓

35) #ADPKD guidelines? Awaiting @goKDIGO Guidelines ‘24/25. ITM: 🔓 For children/young people: 🔓

36) 🔬Hope on the horizon. But #ADPKD is complex! Research continues into cyst formation/growth, progression biomarkers, genetic modifiers, #cilia role, cytoskeleton. Nice summary of tools 🔓 :

37) Translational #ADPKD research into new molecules & repurposed meds, dietary interventions targeting different pathways. Selection of studies/trials: 🔓
And there is no shortage of targets, as per 🔓

38) What do #ADPKD pts want researched? 🇬🇧Research Priority Setting Partnership Top 10: ⬇️progression, 🔎early progressors, care coordination, pregnancy🤰, #PLD, pain, lifestyle, #QOL, children, aneurysms 🔓

39) #ADPKD pts fortunate to have 🫶 pt/family communities/advocates w/wide & dedicated clinicians/research networks. #PKDOC @CPathInstitute @EuRefNetwork @song_initiative & all the PKD foundations, charities.

40) Thank you for your time! You just earned 0.5h CE/#CME credit and (hopefully) learned a lot about #ADPKD while doing it! So (a) go to to earn your credit & (b) FOLLOW @ckd_ce for more #tweetorial-based education about topics in #CKD mgt! I am @Elektra.

Originally tweeted by @CKD_ce (@ckd_ce) on April 19, 2022.