Current Environment:

With about 3,200 patient visits annually, the General Renal Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides consultation and treats children admitted to the hospital for renal replacement therapy, those in acute renal failure and children with critical illness. Our patients include children with renal conditions as well as fluid, electrolyte or metabolic abnormalities.

Our division includes a seven-bed pediatric dialysis unit with special expertise in:

  • acute and chronic hemodialysis
  • peritoneal dialysis
  • continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT)

Treatment and care

Together with your family, we plan individualized therapy for each child. Our goals include:

  • preserving your child's growth and development by integrating schooling into her treatment plan
  • collaborating with experts in other fields to help manage any complications that may arise, including bone disease, high blood pressure, nerve damage and anemia (too few red blood cells)
  • providing guidance on behavioral and financial issues
  • assisting in arranging transportation and home support, including visiting nursing services, when appropriate

Quality and safety

Boston Children's offers the only dedicated pediatric dialysis unit in New England—this means we offer the highest possible quality care if your child requires dialysis, and we are able to perform transplants under optimal conditions.

We also provide consultative services for neonatal intensive care units at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.