Testing and Diagnostics
Diagnosing kidney disease in children
Our kidneys filter extra fluid and other waste from our blood. While kidney disease can interfere with this process, it often doesn't cause symptoms until it becomes more severe.
Here, you'll discover the expertise and technology to accurately diagnose your child and get care started as soon as possible. We let you know what to expect at every step.
We'll start by doing a physical exam and asking about your child's medical history. Then we'll discuss the recommended testing with you and your child.
Tests your child may have
The tests your child may have will depend on their medical history and symptoms. We may perform some or all of the tests over a period of time. That will allow us to provide the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your child.
We analyze blood and urine to assess your child's kidney function. These tests also help us identify certain kidney diseases.
We use a variety of scans to help us see the size and shape of the kidneys and detect any unusual features. Imaging options include abdominal ultrasound, which projects 3D pictures of the kidneys onto a monitor. Other scans include CT and MRI.
We use genetic testing to diagnose kidney disease that runs in families. We can also use it to determine the likelihood that a diagnosed genetic disease will affect a new kidney after transplant.
Blood pressure monitoring
Some children may feel anxious when they visit the doctor, causing their blood pressure to momentarily spike. To more accurately diagnose high blood pressure (hypertension), we take measurements outside the medical setting. Children wear a lightweight monitor for 24 hours to record their blood pressure.
For some children, we take a small sample of kidney tissue to identify the underlying cause of kidney damage. Children are given sedation, then a doctor removes the sample and sends it to the lab for analysis. The results help us determine the next steps for care.
We're here to help
If you have questions or you'd like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our team, call our offices at 682-885-4560.