Pediatric Kidney Conditions
Our pediatric kidney specialists care for the full range of acute and chronic pediatric kidney conditions, including:
- Hypertension: High blood pressure in children can be the cause or the result of kidney disease. We provide a comprehensive evaluation to identify the cause of hypertension. A personalized treatment plan can effectively manage this condition and prevent life-threatening complications, such as stroke, heart failure and kidney injury. We use advanced diagnostic equipment for 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, which allows us to monitor the blood pressure continuously, even while your child is asleep.
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): CKD is a condition where there is a gradual loss in kidney function. In infants, children and adolescents, CKD may be caused by hereditary diseases or as a result of systemic disorders. Evaluating the cause of kidney disease is the first step. Treatment focuses on controlling symptoms, preventing complications and slowing progression of CKD. If needed, we have an experienced team to transition care to dialysis or transplant while providing patient- and family-centered care.
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): UTIs occur when bacteria enter the bladder or the kidneys. Infections can damage the kidneys in many ways. Most common causes include birth defects, not urinating enough throughout the day, nervous system illnesses and vesicoureteral reflux. Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating kidney infections and preventing future infections.
- Nephritis and Nephrosis (nephrotic syndrome): Kidney disorders in children may involve abnormal function of the microscopic filtering units, which normally work to clean the blood of waste products, excess fluid and other substances. Disorders of the filtering units can lead to loss of protein in the urine, resulting in nephrosis. Inflammatory changes of these filters leads to nephritis, which can be associated with high blood pressure, swelling (edema) and lower kidney function. Our pediatric nephrologists diagnose the underlying cause of these diseases and provide expert care to treat these disorders in an attempt to prevent long-term kidney damage and kidney failure.
- Kidney Stones: Kidney stones are becoming more common in children who require evaluation and care by pediatric kidney specialists. Children may have kidney stones due to metabolic disorders, genetic conditions or other underlying medical problems. Our experienced team can determine the cause of stones and recommend therapy aimed at preventing recurrence of stones. We provide a team approach for each child, coordinating care with pediatric urology, radiology and multiple other specialties.
- Congenital Anomalies of Kidney and Urinary Tract (CAKUT): CAKUT are conditions that involve abnormal kidneys and urinary tract. These conditions are the most common cause of kidney failure, especially in children younger than 5. We also provide consultation for expectant mothers when these disorders are diagnosed on prenatal ultrasound.
- Hereditary Kidney Diseases: Hereditary kidney diseases are conditions that occur in children due to genetic abnormalities. We coordinate care of each family with our genetics specialists to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment. Our pediatric nephrologists have experience treating a range of these diseases in children, such as congenital nephrotic syndrome, cystinosis, polycystic kidney diseases and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, to name a few.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about our outstanding kidney care team, call 954-265-9344.