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Nephrotic syndrome (NS) is the name given to a collection of kidney-related findings in your child’s body. These include:
While nephrotic syndrome is not a disease, it can be the first sign of disease that can damage the kidney's tiny blood-filtering unit (glomeruli) where urine is made.
Here’s what you need to know about nephrotic syndrome:
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches nephrotic syndrome
With about 3,200 patient visits annually, the General Renal Program at Boston Children's evaluates and treats children with nephrotic syndrome and acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease as well as fluid, electrolyte or metabolic abnormalities. We are part of the Division of Nephrology, the largest pediatric nephrology service in the United States.
Our division includes a pediatric dialysis unit with special expertise in:
In addition to providing expert care today, we’re searching for ways to improve the lives of children with nephrotic syndrometomorrow by conducting research to better understand the disease and find new treatments.
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