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We treat paediatric patients with kidney-related diseases.

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is one of the most experienced hospitals in Spain in the treatment of paediatric kidney diseases. At the Nephrology department, we provide a service for patients from all over Catalonia, and to those from other communities asking for a second opinion, swiftly and with a very short waiting list.

We are part of the ERKNet network of European centres of expertise in rare kidney diseases and the ERN TRANSPLANT-CHILD network on transplants in children. We are a recognised centre in Spain through the certification of national reference centre. We have a track record spanning more than 40 years, endorsed and acknowledged within Spain, and increasingly beyond our borders, from where paediatricians from many countries, particularly from Central and South America, request specialisation visits.

We are co-founders of the Spanish Paediatric Nephrology Society and members from the beginning. We work closely with the Spanish Nephrology Society (SEN) as well in those aspects concerning paediatric pathology.

What makes us different

We work to minimise the impact of haemodialysis on children's daily lives. We promote living-donor transplantation. We advise and guide paediatricians from other hospitals, which makes us a reference and support centre. We make every effort to avoid having to admit the child to hospital, except in cases where it is absolutely essential.


Prenatal and neonatal pathology

We detect and treat diseases and malformations of the kidney and the urinary tract (Nefrourology) in the prenatal stage (before birth). We work together with the teams of Neonatology, Obstetrics, Urology and Surgery.

General pathology

Lithiasis (kidney stones)

Metabolic study of the causes and medical treatment or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. When this is ineffective or not indicated, we perform different types of surgery.

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Hypertension in children

We have a special study program that includes continuous ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and the repercussion of this problem on other organs of the child such as the eye or the heart.

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We study and treat renal involvement of metabolic diseases such as cystinosis or cystinuria, tyrosinosinemia or rare diseases such as Lowe's syndrome. We work closely with the Pediatric Institute of Rare Diseases (IPER).

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We treat pathologies that are characterized by the involvement of the renal glomerulus producing nephrotic and/or nephritic syndrome. We perform treatment with biological drugs such as Rituximab or Eculizumab. We study the origin of these syndromes.

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Other nephrologic diseases

Hemolytic uremic syndrome in all its forms (typical or atypical), acute renal failure, tubulointerstitial nephritis, neurogenic bladder, uropathies and nephrourological malformations.

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Replacement therapy

In situations where a kidney transplant can not be performed before a dialysis treatment, we try to use peritoneal dialysis as the first option. Whenever possible, we relegate hemodialysis to those patients who can't undergo peritoneal treatment, or when it is not indicated.

Kidney transplantation

We are a reference centre accredited by the Spanish Government. Since 2001 we have performed more than 70 transplants, with particular interest in pre-dialysis and living donor.

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Peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis

We treat acute kidney failure with one of two procedures, depending on each patient's indication.

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Therapeutic apheresis

Treatment that involves removing components of the blood that cause a problem. We perform lipoapheresis for patients with hypercholesterolemia and immunosorption to those suffering from autoimmune diseases by antibodies.

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At the forefront of knowledge

We take part in various paediatric studies and trials promoted by the industry or the Spanish Society of Paediatric Nephrology, as well as those of other adult services, particularly Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, with which we have a close relationship in research on kidney transplantation.

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