Battles with kidney disease fought over generations

Polycystic Kidney disease has run in Randall Russell’s family for more than a century. His great-grandfather had it, his grandmother had it, his father had it, he has it and his son has it. Anyone that inherits the gene is born with tiny cysts on their kidneys which grow over time, eventually killing the kidneys’ ability to function.

As the fluid-filled cysts on the kidneys grow, they block out the filtration capacity of the nephrons. “The little filters,” Russell calls them.

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