Our Pediatric Kidney Stone Clinic utilizes the expertise of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and the Division of Pediatric Urology, both of which are ranked #1 in the state of Michigan by U.S. News & World Report.
Our clinic meets every three months and is staffed by a pediatric urologist, pediatric nephrologist, dietitian specially trained in nephrology, clinical care coordinator and social worker. This team-based approach to care ensures we are providing the best individualized care to each of our patients.
In this clinic, we offer same-day imaging and review of metabolic studies, such as 24-hour urine collections, dietary counseling, and pre- and post-operative counseling when surgical intervention is warranted.
Over the past 20 years, there has been a national rise in the incidence of pediatric urolithiasis (bladder or urinary tract stones) and nephrolithiasis (kidney stones), increasing from 18.4 children per 100,000 in 1999 to 57 children per 100,000 in 2008. Given the complex nature of these patients, often requiring medical, nutritional and surgical management, we have founded a clinic to provide comprehensive, team-based and easily-accessible care.
Our Pediatric Kidney Stone Clinic combines the expertise of the divisions of pediatric urology and pediatric nephrology to target the diagnosis and treatment of complex kidney stone disease in children 21 years and younger. We see patients diagnosed with:
- urolithiasis (bladder or urinary tract stones), particularly associated with complex metabolic disorders such as cystinuria (buildup of the amino acid, cystine, in the bladder or kidneys)
- primary hyperoxaluria (recurring bladder or kidney stones)
- calcium kidney stones, the most common
If diagnosed by an outside provider such as a pediatrician or an emergency department provider, the patient would be initially scheduled in the pediatric urology or pediatric nephrology clinic. Then, if an appropriate candidate, the patient will be referred to the Pediatric Kidney Stone Clinic.
If diagnosed in our pediatric urology or pediatric nephrology clinic, the patient will be directly referred to the Pediatric Kidney Stone Clinic depending on the complexity of the kidney stone disease.
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For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 734-936-7030.