A patient has been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). The nurse educates the patient on possible complications, including what most serious complication?
• PKD is an inherited condition characterized by the formation of cysts. It is progressive and difficult to treat
• Cyst formation on the kidneys leads to scar tissue, damage to the nephrons and carries a poor prognosis
• Half of all patients with PKD will require kidney replacement by the age of 60