Why choose us for dysplastic kidney treatment?
Our pediatric kidney care team has vast experience in caring for children with all types of kidney disorders, including dysplastic kidneys. Our multidisciplinary team is made up of doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers and other pediatric professionals that provide child- and family-centered care for a range of conditions involving the kidneys. We also work closely with our Colorado Fetal Care Center in an effort to detect kidney issues before birth. If we find that the dysplastic kidneys are associated with CAKUT, we collaborate with our Department of Pediatric Urology to decide on the best treatment plan.
How are dysplastic kidneys treated?
Dysplastic kidneys can be managed, but there is no possibility of curing them to the point that they become fully functioning, healthy kidneys again. Treatment depends on how mild or severe your child's condition is.
A mild case of dysplastic kidneys can mean that only one kidney is affected and the other is healthy. If the heathy kidney is functioning well enough, your child may not need treatment of any kind.
The treatment of more extensive dysplastic kidneys depends on what the kidney function is. Significantly decreased kidney function will require treatment for associated complications such as anemia (low red blood cells), bone disease, high blood pressure and an excess of protein in the urine. If the dysplastic kidneys show severely low function, treatment may require dialysis or kidney transplantation.
Treating associated complications
- Anemia (low red blood cell count): Anemia usually results in low red blood cell counts. This can be treated by increasing iron and vitamin intake, as well as some hormones that help with red blood cell production. Fatigue is the most common symptom of anemia.
- Bone disease: Children with dysplastic kidneys can also get bone disease, also known as mineral bone disease. We typically treat this with medications and various vitamins that help to increase bone density and make them stronger.
- High blood pressure and an excess of protein in the urine: If your child is experiencing decreased kidney function, high blood pressure or proteinuria (high amount of proteins in the urine), doctors often recommend medications. Medications may slow the progression of kidney disease, which may result in requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation.
Why choose us for dysplastic kidneys treatment?
Pediatric experts in The Kidney Center at Children's Colorado have vast experience diagnosing and treating dysplastic kidneys in children. This experience ranges from consultations for parents whose baby has kidney cysts on prenatal ultrasounds, often in our Fetal Care Center, to providing dialysis and kidney transplantation through our Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program.
For children who have dysplastic kidneys that require dialysis or transplantation, we offer the only dedicated pediatric dialysis facility and the only Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program in the Rocky Mountain region. Our Kidney Transplant Program is also one of the biggest in the country. Additionally, we collaborate with the adult nephrology division at the University of Colorado, which gives us access to state-of-the-art treatments and research studies.