Treating Kidney Diseases in Children

At Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York 's Division of Nephrology, we specialize in the outstanding care and treatment of kidney diseases in children.

Our goal is to make your child's experience with us as pleasant as possible. As a patient with us, your child will undergo a complete history and physical examination. After a diagnosis has been made, our pediatric nephrologists will determine the best course of treatment. Treatments for kidney diseases and disorders in children may include medications, renal dietary counseling, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, percutaneous renal biopsies, hemoperfusion and/or hemofiltration.

Some of the kidney diseases that we provide treatment for in children and infants include:

Hematuria - A pediatric kidney disease where the presence of red blood cells or erythrocytes is found in urine. This can be a sign that there is a kidney stone or tumor in the urinary tract

Proteinuria - Occurs when there is a greater presence of an excess serum protein in the urine. When this protein is present urine becomes foamy, although foamy urine may also be caused by bilirubin in the urine, retrograde ejaculation, pneumaturia or air bubbles in urine due to fistula or dugs such as Pyridium

Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis or FSGS - A cause of nephritic syndrome in children and adolescents

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome or HUS - A kidney disease in children which is characterized by hemolytic, anemia, acute, renal failure and low platelet count. Hemolytic uremic syndrome is found mostly in children, however it is not exclusive to children.
Urinary Tract Infections - A bacterial infection that affects any part of the urinary tract. The main etiologic agent is Escherichia or E Coli.

Enuresis - The inability to control urination in children that are old enough, and expected to, control this bodily function.

Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders - An imbalance that can reflect excessive ingestion, or diminished elimination of an electrolyte. This includes sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and acid.

Acute renal failure - Occurs when there is a rapid loss of kidney function - the causes can be numerous and can include low blood volume or an exposure to toxins

Chronic Renal Failure - A progressive loss in renal function over a period of months or years. Pediatric chronic kidney disease is diagnosed by screening children known to be at risk for some sort of kidney problem such as high blood pressure or growth failure.

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