Pediatric Nephrology

What is Pediatric Nephrology?

Nephrology is a pediatric specialty addressing conditions related to impaired kidney function. Normal kidney functions involve regulating the blood pressure, maintaining the balance of a body in terms of water, electrolytes (mainly comprising sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium), acid-base, blood pressure, vitamin D production, and erythropoietin production which controls the red blood cell production. Any imbalance in their production can prevent kidneys from performing their routine functions, and lead to serious complications such as kidney failure. Pediatric Nephrology sees patients starting with prenatal consults for developmental disorders of the kidney, all the way through to adulthood.

Pediatric Nephrology Conditions We Treat at American Hospital:

While we treat a wide range of kidney disorders in children at American Hospital, our nephrologist work closely to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care. Here’s a list of nephrology conditions that we treat:

• Antenatal diagnosis of structural kidney abnormalities and parental consultation
• Acute kidney Injury
• Chronic kidney diseases (including end-stage renal disease)
• Cystic kidney disease such as Polycystic kidney disease.
• Proteinuria (protein in the urine)
• Hematuria (blood in the urine)
• Electrolyte and acid-base imbalances (excess or deficiency of sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, bicarbonate)
• Anemia secondary to chronic kidney disease
• Nephrolithiasis (kidney stones)
• Edema (fluid retention in the body)
• Glomerulonephritis
• Renal tubular acidosis
• Kidney vasculitis
• Lupus kidney diseases
• Nephrotic syndrome
• Tubulopathy such as Bartter syndrome

Nephrology Procedures Practiced at American Hospital:

The Nephrology team at American Hospital designs a personalized treatment plan based on your child overall health and the type and severity of their kidney disease. Specific treatment options entwined into a treatment plan include: managing kidney disease, dialysis, medications, palliative care, support in making lifestyle changes, surgery and post transplantation care.

We’re also among few healthcare service providers in UAE to offer pediatric nephrology procedures:

• Acute and chronic hemodialysis and hemodiafiltration
• Continuous renal replacement therapy (CVVHD, CVVHDF), this is performed in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit(PICU).
• Therapeutic plasma exchange.
• 24 hours Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM).

Why Choose American Hospital for Pediatric Nephrology Services:

Pediatric nephrologist at the American Hospital with a multidisciplinary team which includes pediatric urologist, PICU team, dietician and other allied health worker to provide excellent comprehensive care to allow our patients and families to meet their full potential. The Nephrology service strives to provide a high standard of evaluation and treatment for kidney disorders in Pediatric. Pediatric nephrology has dedicated, well-trained, and experienced nephrologist, committed to providing excellent care in different settings: outpatient clinic, dialysis unit, inpatient wards. Suffice to say that you will get treatment and the best dialysis from the best nephrologist in UAE when you need it. Lastly, the PICU and Pediatric Urology service are available to enusre comprehasive care for our patients.

The Nephrology Department has a state-of-the-art hemodialysis unit with modern design, spacious single rooms, modern digital hemodialysis machines, very well-trained, experienced, and compassionate hemodialysis nurses. In addition, our nephrology doctor in Dubai keeps you under examination to make sure your condition remains under control. In addition, it helps the nephrologist to keep a check on the effects of medicine and dialysis after each session. Consistent check gives way to proper attention to your child . As a result, patients regain health faster during their stay at the best dialysis hospital in Dubai.

 

Procedure

Kidney Biopsy

The best way to look at the kidney diseases and to assess the extent of the disease is a biopsy. It is performed by inserting a needle into one of the kidneys guided by images (ultrasound) through the skin and taking a small sample of kidney tissue. Examination of the sample under the microscope can show what damage or what type of disease is present. Following the procedure, children are admitted to our ward for observation.

Kidney & Bladder Ultrasound

A kidney ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic exam that produces images, which are used to assess the size, shape, and location of the kidneysand bladder.

24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is a way to measure blood pressure on a continuous basis which means your child’s BP is measured even during sleep. The ongoing data helps your doctor get a more accurate picture of your blood pressure numbers. This is the best way to confirm hypertension.


Common condition

Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

CKD is a chronic condition in which the kidneys are permanently damaged. Kidney function is decreased, and it gets worse over time. CKD is also called chronic renal disease or chronic kidney failure. It affects people of all ages and races. This needs to be followed regularly with kidney doctor (Nephrologist) .

Kidney stones

Kidney stones are also known as renal calculi or nephrolithiasis. They are hard, pebble-like pieces of material that form in one or both of a child’s kidneys when high levels of certain minerals occur in pee (urine). Kidney stones rarely cause permanent damage if treated appropriately.

Glomerulonephritis

Glomerulonephritis (gluh-MARE-you-low-ne-FRY-tis) is a type of kidney problem that involves the glomeruli( filter). The glomeruli are very small, important structures in the kidneys. During glomerulonephritis, the glomeruli become inflamed and the kidneys don't work properly and can't clean the blood well.

Nephrotic syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome is a condition that causes the kidneys to leak large amounts of protein into the pee (urine). This can lead to a range of problems, including swelling of body tissues and a greater chance of catching infections.It can occur at any age, but is most common in kids 1–6 years old. It affects boys more than girls.

Enuresis

Enuresis is a medical name for not being able to control your pee. Other words for this problem include incontinence, or involuntary urination. Girls usually obtain bladder control before boys do. At American Hospital we have the expertise to guide and help you deal with this condition.

Doctors Panel of Pediatric Nephrology

Abdullah Essa Alabbas

Consultant Pediatric Nephrologist

Arabic, English

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