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There are a number of conditions that can result in end-stage kidney disease in children. In these circumstances, a kidney transplant may be the best course of action. Following are some of the conditions we see in the pediatric kidney transplant program at Children's:
Congenital kidney disorders
Congenital kidney disorders are problems with the kidney that occur during your child's development, before birth. While many of these disorders are treatable, some lead to end stage renal failure and may ultimately require a kidney transplant.
Congenital kidney disorders care at Children's
Depending on the type of disorder your child has, Children's outstanding renal team will provide treatment ranging from medicine and dialysis to kidney transplant in the most serious cases.
Some acquired diseases can lead to end-stage renal failure in children. These include focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and lupus.
Acquired diseases care at Children's
We try every course of treatment to manage your child's acquired disease and the impact on his or her kidneys, including dialysis and in some cases, a transplant. Note: dialysis is a viable option instead of kidney transplant. If we choose to add it in, transplant is a treatment option.
Glomerulonephritis is a condition in which your child's kidneys are unable to process urine normally. It can develop as the result of strep throat or certain other infections, or it can arise from a chronic condition.
Glomerulonephritis care at Children's
There are a number of treatments for glomerulonephritis, including restricting your child's fluids, dietary changes, and medications. However, in some cases it can lead to renal failure and a kidney transplant may be the best way to ensure your child's health.
Polycystic kidney disease
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder in which fluid-filled cysts grow in your child's kidneys. These cysts can affect kidney function, leading in some cases to kidney failure. The condition can also cause problems in other organs, such as the heart and blood vessels in the brain.
Polycystic kidney disease care at Children's
At present, there is no cure for PKD and our team focuses on managing symptoms and minimizing pain with medicine. In cases where the condition leads to end-stage kidney failure, a kidney transplant may be required.
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For more information on the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program contact:
Shelley Chapman, DNP-PC, APNP RN, CCTC
Kidney transplant coordinator, APNP
Angie Pedersen, RN, BSN
Kidney transplant coordinator
Tanya Warner, RN, BSN
Kidney transplant coordinator