Pediatric Nephrology | Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines

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Blank Children's Hospital

Nephrology

The pediatric nephrology team at Blank Children's Hospital provides expert diagnostic evaluation and treatment for all congenital or acquired disorders of the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract that may affect infants, children and adolescents. Our service offers a multi-disciplinary team comprised of a pediatric nephrologist, expert nephrology nursing staff, social worker, dietitian and child life specialists. Our services include inpatient and outpatient care, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for infants, children, and teens. We partner with you to identify and understand the condition your child is experiencing, and develop a plan to meet the needs of your child and family.

Our Provider

Your Child's First Clinic Visit

Your child's first visit at the Blank Children's Nephrology Clinic will probably be the longest. Please plan to be at the clinic for one to two hours. We ask that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes ahead of your child's appointment to complete medical history and insurance information forms. In order to avoid duplicating tests, you will want to bring the following information along to your child's first appointment (unless our office has already received it):

  • Referral information from your child's primary provider for an office visit, diagnostic x-ray films and lab tests.
  • Medical records from your child's primary provider.
  • Results of any previous evaluations, including x-ray films (not just reports).
  • Any information pertaining to prior pediatric nephrology evaluations - i.e. lab tests, procedures, x-rays, ultra sounds, procedure notes, etc.

We will ask specifics about symptoms, past history and treatments so bring any past journals or diary sheets you may have. A significant portion of each visit will be dedicated to education. It is important that primary care givers attend.

Insurance

Prior approvals from your child's primary provider and insurance plan may be necessary before each visit.

Conditions We Treat

The Blank Children's Pediatric Nephrology Clinic provides expert diagnostic evaluation and treatment for all congenital or acquired disorders of the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract that may affect infants, children and adolescents, including (but not limited to):

  • Hematuria
  • Proteinuria
  • Hypertension
  • Voiding disorders (urinary incontinence, bedwetting, urinary urgency and frequency, dysuria)
  • Kidney stones / nephrocalcinosis
  • Glomerular disease/ glomerulonephritis
  • Urinary tract infections / pyelonephritis
  • Vesicoureteral reflux and reflux nephropathy
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Hydronephrosis, obstructive uropathy
  • Renal cystic diseases (including multicystic dysplastic kidney, nephronophthisis, polycystic kidney disease, etc.
  • Inherited and metabolic diseases that affect the kidneys
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Management of calcium disorders and renal bone disease
  • Electrolyte abnormalities

We also offer:

  • 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  • Prenatal consultation