How is CAKUT treated?
Treatment for children with CAKUT depends on the severity of the condition. Mild forms of the disease can result in recurring urinary tract infections or a blockage of urine, which can damage the kidneys or other structures. A severe case of CAKUT can result in kidney failure and ESRD.
Treatment for children with CAKUT may include working on ways to empty their urine and stool, which is called "voiding." Working on these voiding habits can include using different positions when going to the bathroom, taking a daily medication or catheterizing the urinary tract to help with voiding of urine. Treatment may also include surgery on parts of the urinary tract.
Ongoing laboratory and imaging follow-up with the CAKUT team is an important component of the treatment plan. More severe cases of CAKUT resulting in poor kidney function may eventually require dialysis or kidney transplantation. Should dialysis be necessary, our providers will determine the best type of dialysis for each individual child. Dialysis is typically a bridge to the ultimate goal of successful kidney transplantation.
Why choose us for CAKUT treatment?
A multidisciplinary approach is the most effective way to treat children with CAKUT. At Children's Hospital Colorado, we offer a CAKUT Clinic that utilizes our Urologic Tumor Program, Pediatric Kidney Center, Pediatric General Surgery, as well as dietitians, social workers and psychologists. Using this approach, we can provide comprehensive care for children with varying levels of CAKUT.
Our nephrologists (kidney doctors) are also very experienced at treating the various stages of kidney disease associated with severe forms of CAKUT. For those who reach ESRD and require a kidney transplant, our kidney transplant team has some of the best outcomes in the nation for pediatric kidney transplantation.
When we make a prenatal diagnosis for CAKUT, which is often the case, our team meets with the parents to discuss options and explain what they should expect. These prenatal consultations help to prepare you if you are expecting a child with CAKUT and we can continue to provide this comprehensive care throughout the stages of childhood and into early adulthood.
Our team approach not only allows us to care for children with potential complex diagnoses, but tests such as the point-of-care ultrasounds, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, uroflow and urodynamics also improve our ability to provide the best consultation and outcomes for your child.