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does kidney failure in small children mean dialysis?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
No: Although dialysis is a very important tool in the treatment of kidney(renal) failure; not everyone needs to undergo it. It is usually reserved for the severest of individuals.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Yes: Kidney failure in kids will need treated by dialysis and transplant kind of like adults. Sometimes the term of failure though is used for persons who have v weak function but more than 15% which means they are not needing dialysis yet.
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 45 years experience
It depends: Acute, reversible kidney failure in a child does not always result in dialysis. Chronic, non-reversible renal failure will likely result in dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis is preferred for a variety of reasons. Finally, renal transplant asap is the ultimate preferred treatment for children who are on dialysis. Children need to grow and getting a transplant is their best hope to see that happen.

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