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Kidney Failure

  • Anatomy of the Kidney

    Kidney failure refers to temporary or permanent damage to the kidneys that results in loss of normal kidney function. There are two different types of kidney failure - acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease. Acute kidney injury has an abrupt onset and is potentially reversible. Chronic kidney disease progresses slowly over at least three months and can lead to permanent kidney failure. The causes, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes of acute and chronic are different.

    Most children with kidney failure are followed by a pediatrician and a nephrologist (a physician who specializes in disorders or diseases of the kidneys).

     

    How Boston Children's Hospital approaches kidney failure:

    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 largest kidney transplant program in New England dedicated to 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 and Child Life specialists will do everything they can to make sure your child is comfortable during her treatments. Read more about dialysis.

    Our compassionate caregivers know that your child is a person, not just a patient, and depending on your particular situation, we provide support services for your child and your family throughout all stages of treatment and recovery.

     

     TRANSITIONING FROM PEDIATRIC TO ADULT CARE
     More than 9 million children in the United States are living with a chronic illness. Every year, 500,000 of these children turn 18. As they join their fellow adolescents in struggling to achieve optimal independence, they also face a serious issue they may not be prepared for: the transition of their medical care. Read Children’s tips for helping kids – and their families – make this key transition.



    Our Division of Nephrology cares for patients with a wide range of kidney disorders.
    Nephrology
    300 Longwood Avenue
    Boston MA 02115

     617-355-6129


    If your child requires a kidney transplantation, rest assured that you are in good hands. Children's is home to the largest kidney transplant program dedicated to caring for children in New England and includes a seven-bed dialysis unit - the only full-service pediatric dialysis unit in New England.
    Boston Children's Hospital 
    300 Longwood Ave
    Farley 4
    Boston MA 02115

     617-355-7636
     fax: 617-730-0342
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