Renal Tubular Acidosis (RTA): How We Treat

How is RTA treated?

Type 2 RTA is expected to correct on its own as a child grows, as the kidneys “learn” to keep the right amount of base and acid in urine. In some cases, a child with RTA takes a medicine (such as Bicitra or Polycitra) to keep the blood level balanced so the right pH is made. With treatment, weight gain may or may not improve (height is generally not as affected), but the primary goal of taking a medicine is to bring the bicarbonate blood level to normal.