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Nephrology

Among the finest in kidney care

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital has a full range of care for infants, children and adolescents who have kidney disease. Worldwide, we have performed the largest number of pediatric kidney transplants and have the highest reported infant kidney transplant success rate.

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BCH 2013nephrology PNGRanked since 2009 by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top pediatric nephrology programs in the nation, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital in 2013 was again named as one of the top pediatric nephrology programs in the nation.

Our board-certified pediatric nephrologists work closely with experts in other specialties including pediatric urology, transplant surgery, psychology, nutrition and social work, to provide multidisciplinary care for patients.

See us for any of these specialties, and more

  • Congenital malformations of the kidney and bladder
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Enuresis (bedwetting)
  • Genetic kidney diseases, including familial nephritis (Alport syndrome)
  • Glomerulonephritis, acute and chronic
  • Hematuria
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney (renal) failure of any cause (acute or chronic)
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidny transplant aftercare
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Prenatally-diagnosed kidney abnormalities
  • Proteinuria
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

We have a variety of programs and services

  • Dialysis
    • Continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH)
    • Hemodialysis
    • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Kidney biopsy
  • Kidney transplantation, including laparascopic kidney donation (living donor)

 

Meet our care team

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

Meet Raegan

For Raegan, 11-months old, the options were running out. Kidney issues were a result of her difficult birth. For months peritoneal dialysis helped her, and now her kidneys had completely shut down. Raegan was still too small and too sick for kidney transplant, and hemodialysis seemed her only hope.

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Raegan found with us the help she needed

However, the treatment was unavailable to infants in the North Carolina hospital where she was receiving care. “Her doctors said to us, ‘there’s nothing else we can do here,’” recalls Raegan’s mother, Layne. “They said, ‘You either stop treatment, or she has to go somewhere else.’”

So, at their doctor’s recommendation, Layne and her husband Michael brought Raegan to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

We specialize in pediatric dyalisis, and have Minnesota's only dedicated pediatric dyalisis center at the hospital. Raegan could get the care she needed.

More than 1,000 children have received a kidney transplant at University of Minnesota – the single largest number of pediatric kidney transplants in the world. We also have the highest reported infant kidney transplant success rate in the world. More than one-third of University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital kidney transplant patients come to us from all over the United States as well as other countries.

“As pioneers in kidney transplantation, we have more than 30 years of extensive experience in very young children,” says pediatric nephrologist, Thomas Nevins, M.D. “That experience, coupled with the availability of both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, make it possible to prepare infants for a safer elective transplant when the child is ready, rather than as an emergency procedure.”

“When we heard about their success with little ones,” Layne says, “there wasn’t anything more to discuss. Doctors in both North Carolina and Minnesota explained that it was the best place for a baby her size.”

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