Pediatric Kidney Transplantation

There are many causes of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in children, but these causes are quite different from those in adults. The common causes of CKD in children are birth defects of the kidneys or urinary tract, genetic/inherited diseases or acquired diseases later in childhood, usually due to some immune system abnormalities. As the stages of CKD progress, children will require different medications to stay healhy and prolong the life of their kidneys.

If children with moderate to severe CKD progress to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), then they will need dialysis and eventually a kidney transplant. Dialysis and a transplantation are usually needed when the kidney function is significantly low.

For children, dialysis is considered to be more of a temporary bridge until a kidney transplant is available. For most, though not all children, transplantation oers a better longterm quality of life, better growth and less lifestyle restrictions. Some children undergo transplantation before they require dialysis. This is known as pre-emptive transplantation. Some children are not transplant suitable due to other medical conditions. You can be discussed directly with our experts the possibilities of your child’s transplantation.

Prof. Dr. Barış Akın
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