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Dialysis Program

If your child needs dialysis, it’s good to know that the experts at Phoenix Children’s are here to provide excellent care and support for your family. In fact, our dialysis program is the only dedicated outpatient pediatric unit in the state of Arizona, and the only one offering both hemodialysis and peritoneal services. Our team of pediatric nephrologists, nurses and other providers offers state-of-the-art care in a child-focused environment, as well as support for your family during this challenging time.  


What Is Dialysis?

Dialysis is a lifesaving therapy for children whose kidneys are not working correctly. Dialysis does the work of the kidneys by cleaning the blood and removing extra fluids from the body. It keeps the body in balance by:

  • Removing waste and extra water
  • Keeping a safe level of certain electrolytes in your blood, such as potassium, sodium, and bicarbonate
  • Helping to control blood pressure
  • Cleaning the blood to remove waste, such as urea and creatinine
  • Helping to keep the blood pressure in a safe range
  • Filtering out extra water

Dialysis is mainly for children with end-stage renal failure who are waiting for a kidney transplant. It also can be used to treat acute kidney injury.

Phoenix Children’s offers comprehensive dialysis services that include hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy. The care team will talk to you about which one is best for your child.

Transferring your Child’s Dialysis to Phoenix Children’s

If you are interested in transferring your child’s dialysis care to Phoenix Children’s, please contact us at 602-933-3220. Please note our care team will need to receive certain test results, care notes and treatment documents within 30 days of transferring your child’s dialysis care to us. We are happy to discuss those with you when you call.

National Leaders

Phoenix Children's is consistently recognized as a "Best Children's Hospital" by U.S. News & World Report. We are one of only 22 children’s hospitals that to rank in all 10 surveyed specialties for 2021-22.


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