Nephrology is the science that deals with the functioning and diseases of the kidneys. Kidney diseases can be either acute or chronic. Acute conditions can happen very suddenly and be very painful. They may last only a short period of time, but they can have long-lasting consequences if not treated quickly or properly.
Chronic kidney diseases do not go away and tend to get worse over time. The symptoms of kidney disease are often non-specific, meaning they can be caused by other illnesses. Because some ongoing kidney problems don’t have obvious symptoms, your child’s physician may diagnose or suspect a kidney disease through routine tests or exams such as monitoring blood pressure, or urine or blood testing.
Comprehensive nephrology care
Our specialists provide diagnostic testing and treatment for children with acute or chronic kidney conditions.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital1 offers state-of-the-art treatment services for pediatric kidney disease including dialysis for children ages 12 and up, and hypertension monitoring through an at-home tele-monitoring system. This advanced technology is a convenient, effective way for your care team to monitor your child’s blood pressure without you leaving home.
Our nephrology care is family-centered. Your child’s specialist will take time to communicate fully with you, answering questions and involving you in decisions regarding treatment and follow-up. This leads to the best possible outcomes for your child, and reassurance for you.
Multidisciplinary team approach
Kidney disease can be the cause or result from other health problems such as failure to thrive, heart disease, physical limitations and, sometimes, unique behavioral problems. That’s why the medical professionals on the pediatric nephrology team rely on a multidisciplinary approach to care. Depending upon your child’s condition this team may include:
- Specialists, board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology
- Registered nurses
- Child life specialists
- Abnormal Urinary Tract
- Acute Kidney Dysfunction
- Congenital Multicystic and Dysplastic Kidneys
- Dysfunctional Voiding
- Enuresis (involuntary urination, including bedwetting)
- Glomerulonephritis (inflammation in the kidney)
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- Kidney Disease
- Kidney Stones
- Nephrotic Syndrome
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Proteinuria (protein in the urine)
- Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
- Reflux Nephropathy
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.