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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis, and in order to minimize damage to your child’s kidneys, it’s important that AKI be diagnosed early. The doctor may order tests including:
1. Blood, urine and other tests to determine how well your child’s kidneys are functioning
There are two main ways to measure your child’s kidney functioning: creatinine level and glomerular filtration rate (GFR).
Creatinine is a waste product that the body makes daily in proportion to a person’s muscle mass. It can leave the body only through the kidneys, and levels can be checked through a simple blood test. If your child has AKI, we will see her creatinine level rise quickly.
GFR (glomerular filtration rate) is a measurement of how efficiently your kidneys are able to filter your blood. Read more about the GFR test at Children’s Hospital Boston.
2. Imaging tests to check for blockages in the urinary tract
These tests might include:
3. Kidney biopsy
This is a procedure in which tissue samples are removed (with a needle or during surgery) from the kidney for examination under a microscope. Read more about biopsies.
After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. Then we’ll meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.
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.”