The kidneys have several important functions, including the removal of waste and excess fluid from the body. Children can be affected by kidney problems in a variety of ways, from high blood pressure to renal failure.
Our highly trained specialists provide comprehensive care for children with all forms of kidney problems, including acute or chronic kidney disease.
Care at Children's
Our patients range from newborns to teenagers. At the initial visit, a pediatric nephrologist will ask about your child’s medical history and perform an evaluation. Often, we will order blood or radiology studies so that we can learn more about the patient’s condition.
We see patients with a wide range of kidney and blood pressure problems, including:
- Kidney failure, including infants and children on dialysis
- Medical care after a kidney transplant
- Blood or protein in the urine
- Acute and chronic glomerulonephritis
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Congenital kidney malformations
- Cystic diseases of the kidney
- High blood pressure
- Recurrent kidney stones
- Bed wetting and daytime wetting
Treatments for kidney problems vary by condition, ranging from medication to surgery.
At the Children’s Hospital, we’re particularly interested in the care of patients with acute and chronic kidney failure who require dialysis or kidney transplantation. We have the ability to perform both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Pediatric kidney transplants, handled by our team of transplant specialists, have been performed here since 1986.
We aim to manage all facets of care that our patients require, not just the medical condition. Our team consists of:
- Nurses, including dialysis nurses who are trained in pediatrics
- Renal dieticians
- School teachers
Our goal is to keep each patient functioning as normally as possible - including regular school attendance and performance at grade level, as well spending time with friends and enjoying normal childhood activities.
Treatment for kidney problems may involve multidisciplinary care from pediatric specialists in other departments, including:
- Kidney transplantation
- Pediatric intensive care medicine
Our pediatric clinic is located at:
500 University Drive, UPC II, Suite 1100
Hershey, PA 17033
Groups, Classes & Support
Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles.
Learn more about pediatric support groups offered at Penn State Children’s Hospital.
Research & Clinical Trials
We contribute to the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Collaborative Studies, the world’s largest database of children with chronic kidney disease, both before and after kidney transplantation.