A dedicated focus on pediatric stone disease
Once considered an adult disease, kidney stones have become increasingly common in children and adolescents. To address the unique needs of children with kidney stones, we created the Pediatric Kidney Stone Center, a program within the Division of Urology that is solely dedicated to the management of kidney stones.
We treat hundreds of children and adolescents with kidney stones from across the United States and world each year. Patients have traveled from nearly half of the 50 states and more than 10 countries to seek care from our team of experts.
Our experience helps us provide the best possible care for each child we see. Since 2008, more than 1,660 patients have been evaluated and treated by the Kidney Stone Center.
Since 2008, we have performed more than 1,113 surgical procedures to remove kidney stones. The graph below shows a snapshot of the volume of procedures we’ve performed over the past five years.
Coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team
The Stone Center team brings together a variety of specialists to ensure that your child’s medical and nutritional needs are being met. This includes pediatric urologists, nephrologists, emergency medicine physicians, dieticians and metabolism experts to treat the underlying metabolic disorder that may predispose your child to stone disease.
This multidisciplinary collaboration also includes radiologists and anesthesiologists. Our experts work together to reduce the burden of stone disease and improve the quality of life for our patients and their families.
Services to meet your child's every need
As a part of CHOP's Divisions of Urology and Nephrology, children treated by the Kidney Stone Center have access to the full spectrum of services offered by the Hospital. We have a team of urological surgeons, nephrologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses and clinical psychologists available to manage your child's medical, surgical and psychosocial needs. We also work with your pediatrician, other specialty care physicians, and schools to make sure that your child functions to her or his fullest potential.
A commitment to improved patient outcomes
We are involved in ongoing research efforts dedicated to preventing kidney stone recurrence and improving treatment options for children with kidney stones. This includes multiple NIH-sponsored randomized clinical trials and studies that will advance our knowledge of how to best care for children with kidney stones.
Accurate diagnosis is an important first step in managing kidney stones and improving patient outcomes. Our team members helped to develop a treatment algorithm to ensure that necessary — but not extraneous — tests and referrals are made promptly. Most recently, we partnered with CHOP's Emergency Department and Department of Radiology to create a standardized clinical pathway for the evaluation of children with a suspected urinary tract stone in the acute setting.