Hospitals can be scary for children. Our staff knows that they must make
children feel comfortable. Patients are able to choose a special toy to
bring home at the end of each appointment. The brightly colored, clean
setting also makes children feel safer. The Children's Hospital Nephrology
Department works with endocrinology, gastroenterology, nutritional services
and the weight management clinic to make sure your child gets the best care.
About Your Appointment
At your appointment, the nephrologist will ask you about family history
and symptoms. He will then do a physical evaluation based on your child's
complaints. The appointment will determine whether further testing is required.
After your appointment, the doctor may order a kidney biopsy. During a
biopsy, the doctor obtains a small piece of the kidney to study. The biopsy
is not an operation. It does involve anesthesia to reduce pain that may
occur and put children to sleep during the procedure. The anesthesia is
given through an I.V. The biopsy's results will show whether or not
your child's kidney is functioning normally. If not, your child's
kidney may be affected by an infection, poor blood flow or a kidney-related
disease. The doctor may suggest acute hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
for your child. This dialysis care is not chronic and will help your child
remove wastes from the blood, remove extra fluid from the body and restore
the correct balance of electrolytes in the blood.