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Potter's classification of polycystic kidney

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Edith Louise Potter classified a group of four renal cystic diseases:

Infantile polycystic kidneys.
Multicystic dysplastic kidney.
Adult type polycystic kidney.
Renal cysts in infants with posterior urethral valves.

A systematic classification was made by V. Osathannondh and E. L. Potter in 1964. Further clinical-morphological correlation were done by the pathologist Jay Bernstein, Royal Oak, USA, in 1971.


  • L. E. Potter:
    Pathology of the fetus and the newborn. Year Book, 1952, page 336.
  • V. Osathannondh, E. L. Potter:
    Pathogenesis of polycystic kidneys.
    Archives of Pathology, Chicago, 1964, 77: 459-509.
  • J. Bernstein:
    The morphogenesis of renal parenchymal maldevelopment (renal dysplasia).
    The Pediatric Clinics of North America, Philadelphia, 1971, 18: 395-407.
  • M. Elkin:
    Renal cystic disease – an overview.
    Seminars in Roentgenology, Philadelphia, 1975, 10: 99-102.
  • W. J. Kimberling, P. R. Fain, J. B. Kenyon, D. Goldgar, E. Sujansky, P. A. Gabow:
    Linkage heterogeneity of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.
    The New England Journal of Medicine, Boston, 1988, 319: 913-918.

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