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Polycystic kidneys. Coloured computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen of a 32-year-old female patient with polycystic kidneys (lower pat of image). The majority of the tissue of the kidneys has been replaced by cysts (purple areas). Polycystic kidney disease is one of the most common causes of chronic kidney failure in adults. It is an inherited condition that may occur at any age. Treatment is for kidney failure, either with dialysis or transplantation.
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