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Pediatric nephrology specializes in the care and treatment of kidney disease in children and teens.

Pediatric nephrology offers the opportunity to care for children with a wide range of disorders including those with transient conditions such as acute kidney injury that may require acute dialysis in an intensive care setting as well as patients immediately post-kidney transplant.  In addition, chronic conditions such as hypertension, chronic kidney disease, chronic dialysis and kidney transplant patients that require long-term follow up are managed by pediatric nephrologists. This allows physicians to develop meaningful, lasting relationships with families as they transition from chronic kidney disease to dialysis and then transplant.  With the opportunity to perform kidney biopsies and provide renal replacement therapies, the subspecialty appeals to those who are procedure oriented without the life-style sacrifices often required in procedure-dominated subspecialties.