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Polycystic Disease of the Kidneys

Ann Intern Med. 1928;1(10):812-818. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-1-10-812
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Although polycystic degeneration of the kidneys cannot be looked upon a rare disease, it may be regarded as relatively uncommon. Therefore, it seems justifiable to add to the group of reported cases.

The frequency with which polycystic disease occurs may be judged from the following statistics. In 1887 Neumann (1) reported fourteen bilateral and two unilateral cases in 10,177 necropsies. Preitz in 1905 working up the Kiel Institute material found sixteen cases in 10,000 autopsies. Bugbee and Wolstein (2) in 4903 autopsies on children, recorded twenty cases. In 1927 Gruber at Jena collected eight bilateral cases in 3,500 postmortem examinations.




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