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Programs & Services

Nephrology

Phoenix Children’s provides comprehensive care for children and teens with conditions affecting the kidneys. Your family can count on us for:

  • Advanced diagnostic testing
  • State-of-the-art treatment, including dialysis services and kidney transplant for children with end-stage kidney disease
  • Supportive services from an experienced team, including registered dietitians, social workers, child life specialists and many others
  • Care coordination with other providers, including other specialists, your child’s pediatrician and in-home providers

The care team will get to know your child personally and create a customized treatment plan. We will provide education, care and support at every stage in the process — it’s our promise to you.

Multidisciplinary Clinics and Services

  • Fetal Care Center: This center offers specialized care for a wide variety of conditions affecting unborn babies and newborns, including kidney conditions. Our nephrologists and other specialists provide prenatal consults with the family to establish a care plan before the baby’s birth.
  • Fontan Clinic: This clinic, located in the Phoenix Children’s Heart Center, provides comprehensive care for children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and other conditions that lead to a Fontan procedure, which can affect the kidneys.
  • CARE Clinic: This clinic is led by endocrinologists at Phoenix Children’s and treats children who have secondary medical effects to obesity. Nephrologists are part of the multidisciplinary care team.
  • Kidney Stone Clinic: Providers in this clinic may include pediatric urologists and nephrologists, who focus on kidney stone treatment and prevention.
  • Spina Bifida Clinic: Phoenix Children’s offers comprehensive care for children with spina bifida, a birth defect where the baby’s spinal column doesn’t form correctly in the womb. This condition can affect bladder and bowel control. The clinic involves members of the nephrology, urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery and general surgery teams.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

When a child has hypertension, chronic kidney disease or a new kidney, it’s essential to monitor their blood pressure. Taking a child’s blood pressure during a clinic appointment is helpful, but it can be more effective to test their blood pressure over a 24-hour period.

That’s why Phoenix Children’s offers “24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.” If your child’s doctor recommends this, your child will receive a blood pressure monitor during a clinic appointment. A nurse will teach you and your child how to use it. Your child will return home and wear the monitor for 24 hours, and you will return the equipment the next day. Our team will read the results and let you know the results.

Dialysis Services

Dialysis is a lifesaving therapy for people with end-stage kidney disease. Phoenix Children’s is the only hospital in Arizona with a dedicated dialysis unit for children and teens. We offer:

  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Continuous renal replacement therapy (inpatient only)

Kidney Transplant

Phoenix Children’s is home to the state’s only pediatric kidney transplant program. Our experienced team provides the high-quality care and support children need — before, during and after transplant surgery.

Support Services

The pediatric nephrology team works closely with local organizations that enrich the lives of children with kidney disease.

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation: Our team can connect families to Make-A-Wish Arizona which creates life-changing experiences for children with critical illnesses. 
  • Camp Kidney: These two camps let kids with kidney disease simply be kids! Both camps are located in Prescott, Ariz., and offer fun camp experiences, along with full medical support from a team of volunteers, many of whom work at Phoenix Children’s.
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