Kansas PKD RTCC | Clinical Research Core | Early PKD Observational Cohort Study Adult and Childhood (EPOC)

Contact: Alan Yu, Core Director; info@pkd-rrc.org

Core Resources — Clinical Phenotyping

Early PKD Observational Cohort Study (EPOC)

The goal of EPOC is to build a repository of biosamples collected from ADPKD patients during the earliest stages of the disease, that are linked to a longitudinal follow-up database with serial kidney imaging studies, and clinical outcomes. The major inclusion criteria are: age 4-35 years and eGFR > 80 mL/min/1.73 m2. Participants are recruited from 3 sites: (1) University of Kansas Medical Center (2) University of Chicago (to enrich the cohort for racial minorities), and (3) Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City (to recruit younger children with ADPKD and their siblings).

Current participant census:

  • Adult ADPKD 52
  • Childhood ADPKD 22
  • At-risk siblings 15
  • Unaffected siblings 8
  • Normal controls 49


  • Urine
  • Urinary exosomes
  • Plasma
  • Sera
  • DNA

Clinical Phenotyping

Clinical history:

  • Age of diagnosis
  • History of renal and cyst complications: pain, hemorrhage, infection, rupture, stones, hematuria, subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Exposures – including caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and cannabanoids
  • Non-ADPKD co-morbid conditions
  • Reproductive history
  • Concomitant medications, including tolvaptan use

Family History – Including age of ESRD and death of affected family members

Physical Exam:

  • Resting blood pressure, heart rate and temperature
  • Height, weight

Clinical Laboratory Results

  • Electrolytes (estimated GFR from CKD-Epi equation)
  • Urine protein/creatinine ratio

Renal and Hepatic MRI: Total Kidney Volume (TKV)

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