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Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Nephrology

Child Kidney Disease Treatment in East Tennessee

Pediatric nephrology is the treatment of kidney-related problems in children. The East Tennessee Children’s Hospital nephrology team works closely with our pediatric urologists to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the kidney, bladder, ureter, and urethra.

While adult kidney doctors usually take care of patients with age-related or chronic hypertension-related kidney problems, pediatric kidney doctors find and treat kidney issues that happen earlier in life. The doctors and nurses at East Tennessee Children's Hospital are trained to work with children and understand the special needs of a younger population in the hospital setting.

The most common issues pediatric kidney doctors see are:

  • Blood or protein in the urine
  • Congenital kidney problems
  • Urine infection
  • Bladder problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling
  • Kidney stones
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Decreased kidney function
  • Abnormal blood test results

Diagnosing Kidney Problems in Children

It can sometimes be hard to know when a child is in pain because they do not always know how to communicate what they are feeling. Once you have been referred to our nephrology office, our team will begin by performing a biopsy on the patient. This is a safe procedure where the doctor obtains a sample of the patient’s kidney to test it for infections and abnormalities. We may also perform blood tests, urine tests, ultrasounds of the kidneys, and CT or MRI scans.

In some cases, a patient’s discomfort is caused by an excess of waste in their body, and the doctor may prescribe non-chronic dialysis to remove excess fluids and waste from the blood and kidneys. Should your child require chronic care, our team will be your partners during this healthcare journey and help your child enjoy a higher quality of life.

To reach the Pediatric Nephrology Department call (865) 546-3111. Our pediatric nephrologists are Dr. Laszlo Hopp and Dr. Mihail M. Subtirelu.