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Nephrology News and Features

New things are always developing at Children's Mercy Kansas City. This page is a resource for updates about new research studies, clinical breakthroughs and other important information from the Division of Pediatric Nephrology. 

Study Identifies Predictors of Worsening CKD

Study results published in the National Kidney Foundation's American Journal of Kidney Diseases provide new insights into why a child's chronic kidney disease (CKD) may progress to kidney failure. Researchers identified factors that predicted disease worsening but that could be treated to ideally change the course of the disease.

Genomic Testing Offers Potential for Faster, More Accurate Diagnoses 

The baby was already in a medical crisis by the time Laurel K. Willig, MD, Pediatric Nephrologist at Children's Mercy Kansas City and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, examined her. With her electrolytes severely out of balance and her kidneys failing, her tiny body swelled from edema and she struggled to breathe. 

Defining Optimal Treatment for Kidney Disease 

More than a decade ago, Children's Mercy nephrologists contributed to the development of a white paper outlining care recommendations for pediatric dialysis. With two recent publications, Children's Mercy is once again helping spearhead guidelines for optimal care of children requiring dialysis.

Extended NIH funding takes CKiD to the Next Level 

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is helping lead the transformation of care for children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) as one of two clinical coordinating centers for the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study.

Genetic Testing Transforms Renal Disease Care for Neonates and Infants

The hereditary link to renal diseases, such as polycystic kidney disease, has long been recognized in the medical community.

Researching Hyperfiltration Injury by Examining the Impact of Mechanical Forces 

As a clinician and scientist, Tarak Srivastava, MD, a nephrologist at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, brings a unique perspective to his search for the cause of hyperfiltration injury. 

Researching the causes of hyperfiltration injury

As the Midwest Clinical Coordinating Center for the NIH-funded Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study, Children's Mercy Kansas City is at the center of improving treatment for kids with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Uncovering Safe and Efficacious Treatments for Pediatric Bone Disorders

As Director of the Children's Mercy Bone and Mineral Disorders Clinic, Uri S. Alon, MD, treats children with osteoporosis and all types of congenital and acquired metabolic bone disorders.

Relevance of Prodocyte Biology in Disease States

One of the most common issues in the progression of chronic kidney disease is the occurrence of hyperfiltration injury, which can take place when a patient's remaining functional nephrons attempt to compensate for lost ones by filtering more material.

Establishing a Higher Standard of Care in Treating Pediatric End-Stage Renal Disease

In addition to serving as the co-principal investigator for the NIH-funded Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study, Children's Mercy's Division Director of Nephrology Bradley A. Warady, MD, is recognized nationally as a leader in pediatric dialysis, committed to developing advanced treatment methods for pediatric end-stage renal disease.
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Employing Nutritional Intervention to Prevent Kidney Stones in Pediatric Patients

In recent years, the number of children in the U.S. diagnosed with kidney stones has grown significantly. Children's Mercy Kansas City has seen a large increase in these patients and is leading research to determine the cause.

Children's Mercy Conducts State-of-the-Art Research to Improve CKD Outcomes

One of the primary areas of research in the NIH-funded Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study is cardiovascular disease (CVD), because of the significant impact this complication can have on the outcome of children with chronic kidney disease.

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