Can children be treated with dialysis

Can children be treated with dialysis
  • Children can be treated with hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.
  • As in adult patients, more children are begun on hemodialysis than on peritoneal dialysis.
  • Kidney transplantation is the preferred treatment in children.
  • This is because children’s physical growth is less than normal on dialysis.
  • Three out of four children on dialysis receive a transplant within three years.
  • Transplantation offers the best hope for normal growth and development as well as enabling children to participate in school and athletics.
  • The availability of parents as healthy potential donors makes transplantation a good option.
  • Siblings must be over 18 years of age to donate a kidney.