Pediatric Nephrology

Treating kidney disease in children and adolescents

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children is much less common than in adults. About half of all childhood cases of CKD are due to congenital (present at birth) abnormalities of the kidneys or bladder, such as:

  • Obstruction to kidneys, preventing blood from getting to them

  • Reflux from bladder back up into kidneys that can cause chronic infection

Some common symptoms of CKD in children include:

  • Swelling and/or puffiness around the eyes, feet and ankles

  • Frequent urination or, in children 5 years or older, prolonged bedwetting

  • Stunted or poor growth, as compared to similar age group peers

  • Loss of appetite and chronic nausea

  • Fatigue

While CKD can not be cured, early diagnosis and treatment from a pediatric nephrology specialist is key to managing kidney function and other side effects of CKD.

Board Certified and fellowship-trained DMG Children’s Rehabilitative Services’ (DMG CRS) pediatric nephrology physicians treat kidney disease in children, including:

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

  • Growth and development problems related to CKD

  • High blood pressure/hypertension

  • Inherited kidney diseases

  • Kidney failure

  • Kidney stones

  • Urinary tract infections (UTI) and abnormalities in the urine, such as blood and protein

As part of the largest multi-specialty interdisciplinary clinic (MSIC) in Arizona, DMG CRS nephrologists work closely with on-site dietitianssocial workers, and other pediatric specialists such as pediatric geneticistspediatric urologists, and pediatric radiologists to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your child.

Meet Our Pediatric Nephrology Providers