Many rare kidney diseases are caused by genetic mutations. These genetic mutations can be passed on from parents to offspring, so it is important to understand what genes cause kidney disease and the pathways that these genes affect. Identifying these genetic mutations is important for diagnosis and treatment for kidney disease.

Further information about genetics, different mutations and types of inheritance can be found at the Centre for Genetics Education website.

Further information about specific diseases and their genetic inheritance and mutations that cause these kidney diseases will be provided on the Disease Specific Information links and information about diagnosis of genetic kidney disease can be accessed through Kidgen.