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Acquired Cystic Kidney Disease. Alicia Notkin February 26, 2008. History. First described in 1847 by John Simon in patients with subacute glomerulonephritis (Bright’s disease) Re-described in 1977 by Dunnill in a study of kidneys from autopsies performed on ESRD patients on dialysis

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acquired cystic kidney disease

Acquired Cystic Kidney Disease

Alicia Notkin

February 26, 2008

  • First described in 1847 by John Simon in patients with subacute glomerulonephritis (Bright’s disease)
  • Re-described in 1977 by Dunnill in a study of kidneys from autopsies performed on ESRD patients on dialysis
  • Has been reported in association with all causes of renal disease (except hereditary cystic disease – b/c of the difficulty in distinguishing the two)
features of acquired cystic kidney disease
Features of acquired cystic kidney disease
  • Multiple
  • Bilateral
  • Usually < 0.5 cm
  • “Positive” u/s or CT: both kidneys w/ >/= 4 cysts
features of acquired cystic kidney disease4
Features of acquired cystic kidney disease
  • No FH ADPKD, small/normal sized kidneys, smooth contour, cysts are only in the kidney
  • Increased incidence w/ increasing time on dialysis; ~ 35-50% of dialysis patients overall
  • Men and blacks are at much higher risk
  • Cyst fluid composition resembles that of plasma (thought to derive minimally from glomerular filtrate & primarily from transepithelial solute & fluid secretion)
  • A brush border is present on the luminal membrane of the cysts
  • Above suggest that cysts arise from proliferation of proximal tubular epithelial cells
pathogenesis cont
Pathogenesis (cont.)
  • Aldosterone & hypokalemia seem to stimulate tubular cell proliferation, & adenoma resection in humans has been shown to result in cyst regression
  • Renal transplantation may  stabilization or regression of cysts by restoring normal renal function & biochemical milieu
  • However, cyclosporine actually  ACKD by: inducing TGF-β expression, suppressing tumor surveillance, & possibly by its ischemic effects on the native kidneys
pathogenesis cont8
Pathogenesis (cont.)
  • In vivo, rats w/ normal kidneys given diphenylamine, diphenylthiazole, or nordihydroguaiacetic acid develop cysts – renal epithelium is damaged followed by focal tubule dilatation & expansion
  • The cyst formation from diphenylthiazole can be reversed by stopping the drug
  • The cyst formation from nordihydroguaiacetic acid is significantly enhanced by exposure of the animals to endotoxins or enteric microbes, suggesting the role of secondary factors in cyst development
pathogenesis cont9
Pathogenesis (cont.)
  • Five-sixths nephrectomy w/ azotemia provides a milieu for cyst development in remaining parenchyma
  • This cyst formation can be enhanced by feeding the animals a high protein diet
pathogenesis cont10
Pathogenesis (cont.)
  • In vitro: Normal Human Kidney (NHK) epithelial cells are a good model of cyst development in ACKD
  • Cyst formation depends on epidermal growth factor (EGF) & insulin
  • Adenylate cyclase stimulants  induction & growth of cysts
pathogenesis cont11
Pathogenesis (cont.)
  • In vitro: hydrocortisone promotes cyst formation, possibly by increasing the activity of Na+/K+-ATPase
  • Cysts develop in the proximal tubule
  • Cyst regress when hydrocortisone is removed from medium
  • As there is no glomerular filtration occurring, fluid is accumulating only by secretion across the tubular wall
pathogenesis cont12
Pathogenesis (cont.)
  • The notion of renal cysts as benign tumors filled w/ fluid comes from studies of Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) epithelial cells (which actually more accurately reflect hereditary cystic disease rather than acquired cystic disease)
  • Medium alone: no proliferation or cysts
  • Add cAMP agonist (results in cell proliferation & fluid secretion)  cyst formation
  • Add EGF  balls of cells
  • Addition of low concentration ouabain (blocks Na+/K+-ATPase) to these cells blocks fluid secretion & therefore cyst enlargement, but does not inhibit proliferation, resulting in a dissociation of fluid transport & cell proliferation, ie. a cellular mass instead of a cyst
  • Hematuria +/- pain (or overt hemorrhage)
  • Increase in number & size of cysts over time
  • Cyst infection
  • Erythrocytosis
  • Renal cell carcinoma: ~ ½ of the time are multiple & bilateral
renal cell carcinoma risk factors
Renal cell carcinoma risk factors
  • Smoking: ~ 2x risk
  • Occupational exposure to cadmium, asbestos, & trichloroethylene: ~ 1-2x risk
  • Obesity
  • Acquired cystic renal disease: ~ 30x risk???
  • Analgesic abuse nephropathy
  • Genetic factors
  • ? Hypertension, prior radiation, sickle cell disease
renal cell carcinoma in esrd
Renal cell carcinoma in ESRD
  • Usually develops after 8-10 years of dialysis
  • Occurs in ~ 6% of dialysis patients
  • M:F ratio of ~ 7:1
  • Larger cysts that  supranormal kidney size  increased risk of transformation (kidneys weighing > 150g are 6x more likely to contain carcinoma than smaller size kidneys)
  • Clear cell RCC is much less common as is its associated chromosome 3p deletions
  • Seems to have lower metastatic potential
  • May not always be related to acquired cystic disease
ackd associated rcc
ACKD-associated RCC
  • Serum hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) increases as renal failure progresses
  • HGF is also higher in patients who have been on dialysis for a longer time
  • HGF mRNA & protein, along w/ c-met protein have been shown to be upregulated in non-tumor & tumor regions in ACKD patients w/ RCC
ackd associated rcc18
ACKD-associated RCC
  • C-Jun is activated in atypical hyperplastic proliferative cells in ACKD & is thought to play a role in RCC carcinogenesis
  • Bcl-2 overexpression may also have a role in tumor development
  • Nadasdy, in 1995, characterized the proliferative activity of cyst epithelia in ACKD (& ADPKD & ARPKD) as high, & suggested that these cysts may be RCC precursors
bosniak classification of renal cysts
Bosniak classification of renal cysts
  • Classifies renal cysts into one of five categories based on morphology & enhancement on CT scan
  • Designation helps w/ diagnosis & management of the cysts
screening for rcc
Screening for RCC
  • ? Screen dialysis patients for acquired cystic kidney disease
  • ? If one decides to screen, should one use contrast CT or u/s
  • One recommendation: screen w/ u/s, & if positive for cysts, screen yearly w/ contrast CT (particularly if patient has very large cysts)
  • Another recommendation: only do radiographic screening if patient has new hematuria or flank pain or has been on dialysis for a long time or has large kidneys from acquired cystic kidney disease
  • Somewhere in between? – screen patients who have been on dialysis for 3-5 years
screening for rcc22
Screening for RCC
  • Probably want to screen on an individual basis
  • Similarly to screening for other malignancies, like colon or breast cancer, should probably consider comorbidities/overall life expectancy of the individual patient
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