UP FRONT MATTERS: Brief ReviewsRenal Volume, Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System, Hypertension, and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney DiseaseSchrier, Robert W. Author Information Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado Correspondence: Dr. Robert W. Schrier, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, 12700 East 19th Avenue, C281, Research 2, Room 7001, Aurora, CO 80045. Phone: 303-724-4837; Fax: 303-724-4831; E-mail: [email protected] Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 20(9):p 1888-1893, September 2009. | DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2008080882 Buy Metrics Abstract The relationship between renal volume and hypertension in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) occurs in childhood. Hypertension is associated not only with increased kidney volume but also with significantly increased left ventricular mass index. Moreover, this increase in left ventricular mass index occurs in children who have ADPKD with borderline hypertension (75th to 95th percentile) and is prevented with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) monotherapy. Progression from borderline to overt hypertension (≥95th percentile) occurs during a 5-yr follow-up in approximately 50% of children with ADPKD and borderline hypertension. Renal cyst enlargement in ADPKD in adults is associated with stimulation of both the circulating and intrarenal renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. In addition to hypertension, the resultant angiotensin in ADPKD is a pivotal factor in cyst proliferation and expansion, increased sympathetic and endothelin activity, oxidant injury, and fibrosis. There is a close correlation between the level of hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, deterioration of GFR, and the progressive enlargement of the cystic kidneys in adult ADPKD. Randomized clinical investigation indicates that ACEI and a BP goal of 120/80 mmHg are associated in a 7-yr study to reverse left ventricular hypertrophy. The effect of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibition with dual blockade, ACEI and angiotensin receptor antagonists, on renal volume and kidney function is under study in the Halt Progression of Polycystic Kidney Disease (HALT PKD) trial. Copyright © 2009 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.