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Paediatric Nephrology

Nefrologia Pediàtrica a Vall d'Hebron

At the Paediatric Nephrology Department, we are specialised in studying and treating children with kidney disease to fulfil their physical, psychological, emotional and social development. The highly sophisticated level of technology at our practice, in conjunction with medical advances, means more and more children survive acute or chronic kidney disease.


Our Department is aimed at preventing kidney disease in children through early diagnosis, including prenatal diagnosis. In the case of children with chronic kidney disease in substitute treatment, we offer vital support with dialysis techniques. In the case of chronic terminal kidney disease, we offer kidney transplants as the best therapy.

Our team uses extracorporeal techniques, both in primary renal pathology and for preserving and prolonging the functionality of the kidney transplant (plasmapheresis, immunoabsorption, etc.).

We provide care and treatment for children with non-kidney pathologies with an impact on kidney function, especially in patients with chronic pathologies, such as solid organ transplants, bone marrow transplants and syndromes that affect the kidney, survivors of chemotherapy and nephrotoxicity.

Vall d'Hebron Hospital was the first centre in Spain to carry out a liver transplant in a child in 1985.


Portfolio of services 

  • Hydroelectrolyte alterations originating in the kidney: sodium and water disorders, potassium disorders, calcium and phosphate disorders, magnesium disorders
  • Acid-base changes originating in the kidney: tubular acidosis
  • Neonatal disorders of kidney function
  • Study and treatment of malformations in the kidney and hereditary neurological diseases
  • Tubulopathies
  • Glomerulopathies
  • Renal manifestations of other extrarenal diseases
  • Vasculitis
  • Tubulointerstitial nephropathies
  • Infection of the urinary tract and infectious processes
  • Uropathies (in coordination with the Paediatric Urology Section)
  • Nephrocalcinosis and kidney stones
  • Nephrourological tumours (in coordination with the Paediatric Oncology Department)
  • Nephrotoxicity resulting from chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Arterial hypertension
  • Acute renal failure
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Renal disease in recipients of other solid organ transplants
  • Renal disease in bone marrow transplant recipients
  • Kidney transplant. Official Reference Centres, Departments and Units of the Spanish National Health System (CSUR)


Extrarenal depuration techniques 

  • Continuous arteriovenous and venovenous haemo(dia)filtration
  • Acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis
  • Acute and chronic haemodialysis
  • On-line haemodialysis
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Immunoabsorption
  • Lipid apheresis. Reference centre
  • Granulocyte apheresis



  • Research into corticoresistant nephrotic syndrome within the Renal Physiology Group of the Research Institute
  • Research into growth retardation in chronic kidney disease
  • Research into erythropoiesis stimulators in chronic kidney disease
  • Research into calcium-regulating hormones in different renal pathologies
  • Research into immunomodulatory mechanisms in kidney transplants
  • Clinical trials with ferumoxitol in chronic kidney disease anaemia
  • paracalcitol at stage 4 of MRC



  • UAB undergraduate degree
  • Continuing education in Paediatric Nephrology
  • Training for Paediatrics medical residents
  • International Paediatric Nephrology Courses
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