Patients & Parents


The Division of Nephrology cares for children with kidney diseases and related medical conditions. In our clinic at the Emory Children’s Center, we evaluate children with problems such as hematuria (blood in the urine), proteinuria (protein in the urine), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Children who have kidney failure are cared for in programs based at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. These programs include a special clinic for children with failing kidneys and, for children with complete kidney failure, the only dedicated pediatric dialysis unit in Georgia and one of only very few regionally and nationally. In addition, there is a program that prepares children for kidney transplantation and cares for them after transplantation. The kidney transplantation surgery is performed by specially trained physicians from Emory’s Kidney Transplant Center. All of these programs carefully address the special needs of these children via a team of nurses, social workers, dietitians, physicians, teachers, and child life specialists.

Specific Conditions Include:
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Nephrotic syndrome (body swelling due to loss of protein from the kidney)
  • Glomerulonephritis (a type of kidney inflammation)
  • Acute renal failure (a rapid decline of the kidney’s ability to clear the blood of toxins)
  • Hematuria
  • Proteinuria
  • Kidney failure
  • Acid-base and electrolyte disorders
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney stones

  • Hemodialysis (the blood is re-circulated outside the body using a dialyzer)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis (fluid is infused into the abdominal cavity where it draws out toxic substances from the tissues)
  • Kidney biopsies