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Pediatric Nephrology

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's

Expert kidney care in a child-friendly environment

Nephrologists are doctors who treat people with kidney disorders, complicated chemical imbalances, bone metabolism disorders and high blood pressure. A pediatric nephrologist treats those conditions and others that specifically affect children’s kidneys as they grow.

Our kidneys help filter toxins out of the bloodstream and then remove them from the body through urination. They also make chemicals that control bone growth, regulate the amount of fluid in the body, and balance the levels of other chemicals like sodium and potassium that are necessary for human function.

At Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's, our family-centered care approach combines medical and surgical expertise with compassion and education for patients and families.

Conditions we treat
Our pediatric nephrology team sees children with a variety of problems including kidney disorders, body chemistry disorder and structural abnormalities of the kidneys.
Chronic or acute kidney disease
Damage to the kidneys can be caused by defects present at birth, infections, urinary tract blockages, and diseases like lupus and diabetes. Your child’s nephrologist may prescribe medicines to help relieve the symptoms caused by chronic kidney disease
Glomerular diseases
The glomerulus is a cluster of tiny blood vessels in the kidney where the filtration of blood occurs. Diseases that damage the glomerulus can result in leakage of blood and/or protein in the urine. If the damage is severe enough, kidney function can decrease.
High blood pressure
Although it is commonly thought of as a disease that affects adults, high blood pressure, or hypertension, can affect children who have kidney disorders.
Urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections are a common illness for children. However, a child who has many urinary tract infections over time may have a structural problem with the anatomy that carries urine from the kidneys out of the body.

Comprehensive evaluation and treatment for your child's kidneys disorders

We provide comprehensive coverage for a variety of diagnostic evaluations, including microscopic analysis of the urine sediment and kidney biopsy. For patients with a sudden loss of their kidney function, we offer acute dialysis.

We also perform 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in the evaluation of elevated blood pressure. This unique device measures and records blood pressure during the normal, everyday activity of a child. The results help the doctor determine if a child has hypertension versus anxiety resulting in an elevated blood pressure when measuring blood pressure in the doctor’s office.

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