Nephrology Services

Our pediatric nephrologists, urologists and dialysis nurses work as a team to provide highly specialized and expert care to patients. Our services include:

  • Renal biopsies (removal of tissue or cells for examination) to diagnose kidney disorders.
  • Acute hemodialysis (kidney machines) and peritoneal dialysis for patients with acute kidney failure or poisonings.
  • Chronic hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis for children in permanent kidney failure. Chronic hemodialysis is provided through traditional kidney machines in the Riley Hospital for Children Dialysis Center at Indiana University Health.
  • Training for chronic continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis (CCPD) is available to allow the child to be cared for at home.
  • The Riley Dialysis Center at IU Health also offers a form of dialysis called continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH). Our nephrology team has adapted this technology, which has been used with great success in adults, to provide better care for critically ill children with sudden onset kidney failure.
  • Kidney transplants. Since 1961, Indiana University Health has led the state in organ transplantation. Kidney transplants are one of the seven organ transplantation programs available at IU Health for both adults and children. More than 1,000 kidney transplants have been performed at IU Health. Our pediatric nephrologists work as a team with our surgical specialists before and after the transplant operation.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Some of the conditions and diseases evaluated and treated by our pediatric nephrologists include:

  • Acute and chronic kidney failure
  • Blood in the urine
  • Congenital diseases of the kidney (polycystic kidney disease and renal aplasia)
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney tubular acidosis
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Protein in the urine
  • Structural abnormalities of the kidneys and lower urinary tract