The Department of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension includes a 20-bed ward for children from 2 months to 18 years of age and 4 hemodialysis stations and 2 peritoneal dialysis stations. The department includes also an laboratory and urodynamic diagnostics.
The clinic employs 11 pediatric specialists including pediatricians, pediatric nephrologists and hypertensiologists.
Our pediatric nephrology department provides all types of renal replacement therapy : peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy for children in our hospital in acute and chronic settings. In AKI we treat patients in intensive care units (cardiosurgical, neonatal and surgical). In our dialysis unit we have children and young adults with chronic kidney disease and we treat them from early stages of CKD up to renal transplantation preparation. We perform plasma exchange procedures for children with neurologic, renal and other diseases with good results.
In the Department we perform full diagnostics of kidney diseases and the causes of hypertension in children based on imaging examinations, including ultrasonography, isotope radiography, renal artery angiography, computed tomography and nuclear magnetic resonance as well as kidney biopsy. Dialysis stations - apart from being used in the chronic treatment program for children with end-stage renal disease - have the option of renal replacement therapy, plasmapheresis and hemoperfusion in children with acute renal failure, poisoning and autoimmune diseases.
Clinical research areas include assessment of treatment results of various forms of nephrotic syndrome and secondary glomerulopathies, modeling of renal replacement therapy, assessment of cardiovascular risk factors in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hypertension, distant assessment of unilateral nephrectomy in children or early diagnosis of children with acute kidney damage (AKI), research on eating disorders in children with CKD, assessment of glomerular filtration using different markers. The Department has been cooperating for many years with the AGH University of Science and Technology (dialysis modeling and optimization, glomerular filtration modeling) and the Division of Nephrology at the Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine at the University of Heidelberg (bioimpedance research, European research programs on blood pressure in children).