Scottish Fold Health Issues
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POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE

PKD

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PKD STATS

Date
Total Number of Folds Reported
Number of Normals
Number of Abnormals
% Positive
05-08-00
49
34
15
30.6%

 

Date
Number
of BSH
Number of PKD Abnormals BSH
Number of ASH
Number of PKD Abnormal ASH
04-09-00
1
0
0
0

 

Date
Number of Catteries Reporting
06-08-00
8

If you would like to add your tests results, please e-mail Crosshill or C-Gemz for information. You will be directed to the PKD pedigree page after your results are submitted and your e-mail and/or web address added to the E-mail page. Comments and suggestions are welcomed from all Scottish Fold breeders/owners.

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The intent of the PKD page is to disseminate information about polycystic kidney disease. The site will also be a place for breeders/owners to share their insights and experiences with PKD positive Folds.

PKD is an inherited and progressive disease of the kidneys. PKD is characterized by a late onset and multiple cysts in both kidneys. The kidneys enlarge, and a reduction in kidney function is noted as the disease progresses. Clinical signs of a cat suffering from PKD may be depression, lack of appetite, increased fluid input and output and weight loss.

The course of the disease is variable. Many cats with PKD will not die from kidney- related problems. The disease is unpredictable, and no one knows which cat will live a normal life-span and which cat will die early from kidney disease. Paul Russell gave readers, in an article published in The Cat Fanciers’ Journal, plenty to think about. He asked “How many have to die before it is a problem?....I suspect that if I’d watched one of my cats die the horrible death that some cats will experience, then one preventable death is too many.

Elaine Commander gave her permission to link to Tommy's site. This site contains graphic photos of Tommy's kidneys. PKD took his life.

PKD is inherited through an autosomal dominant gene. This gene will express itself if it is present, even if it is only inherited from one parent. A PKD free cat is a genetically PKD free cat. The actual gene that causes PKD has not been located, and a DNA test is not available at this time.

The best method of detecting PKD is a noninvasive ultrasound. The frequency of the transducer should be 7.5 or 10 MHz with a gray scale of 256. The higher the frequency, the better the visual details. The reliability of the results depends both on the equipment and the experience, skill, and training of the sonographer.

The purpose of PKD scanning is to decrease and/or eliminate PKD. This can not happen immediately. Eradication of PKD can only be accomplished through scanning and responsible breeding.

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LINKS TO MORE PKD INFORMATION

Chronic Renal Failure

PKD Homepage

INHERITANCE OF POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE IN PERSIAN CATS

PKD Stat Banner

CFA HEALTH COMMITTEE PKD

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Last updated 12/29/00


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