Most people are born with two kidneys, bean-shaped organs located at either side of the spine, behind the abdominal organs and below the rib cage. The kidneys play a major role in keeping you healthy by filtering waste products from normal body functions out of the blood, passing them from the body as urine, and returning water and chemicals back to the body as necessary; regulating blood pressure by releasing several hormones; and stimulating red blood cell production by releasing the hormone erythropoietin.
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital provides consultation and treatment for children with various diseases of the urinary tract and kidney, including those resulting in kidney failure.
Some of the conditions we treat include:
Children's kidney diseases that can progress to moderate or severe kidney failure include:
Congenital Kidney Disease:
Genetic, or Inherited, Disease:
Acquired Glomerulonephritis, or inflammation of the glomeruli, the kidneys' filtering units: