Conditions + Treatments

Acute Kidney Injury in Children

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Contact the Division of Nephrology

There are several things that might make your child’s kidneys suddenly stop working, including infections, disruption of blood flow, surgery or exposure to medications or other substances that are toxic to the kidneys. This is known as acute kidney injury (AKI).
  • AKI is often caused by a sudden decrease in blood and/or oxygen flow to your child’s kidneys.
  • Symptoms may appear over the course of hours or days.
  • AKI typically requires your child to stay in the hospital, but it’s very treatable and in the vast majority of cases the child’s kidneys recover.

The Boston Children’s Hospital approach

Our Division of Nephrology is the largest pediatric nephrology service in the United States. We care for patients with a wide range of kidney disorders, and we are home to the biggest dialysis and  kidney transplant program in New England dedicated to treating and caring for children.

Our seven-bed dialysis unit is the only full-service pediatric dialysis unit in New England. If your child requires dialysis, our dialysis nurses, dieticians, tutors Child Life specialists, social workers, psychologists and pharmacists will do everything they can to make sure your child is comfortable during her treatments. Read more about dialysis.

Boston children's caregivers know your child is a person, not just a patient, and we provide support services for your child and your family throughout all stages of treatment and recovery.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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