Development of pediatric nephrology in the University Hospital Vail d'Hebron

G. Ariceta, E. Lara, A. Madrid, M. Muñoz, R. Vilalta, S. Chocron, M. Fernández-Obispo, J. L. Nieto

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Pediatric Nephrology discipline has been developed simultaneously with the remarkable improvement of life expectancy occurred in children and adolescents with renal disease during the past decades. The Pediatric Nephrology Service of the Universitary Hospital Vall d'Hebron (HUVH) is the major service of the public health system for Catalunya and Balear Islands in the subspeciality. The most representative milestones of the Service were: first pediatric hemodialisis (HD) in Spain in 1970; first pediatric kidney transplant (KTx) in 1981; first combined liver and kidney transplant in the country in 1994, and acreditation as reference center CSUR for pediatric KTx in 2008. Currently, clinical activity is mostly focused on KTx, dialysis, chronic kidney disease, and rare renal diseases in children and adolescents. Further, the service is active in teaching and research in the field. Major current challenges are the development of chronicity programmes and protocolized transfer of care of adolescents from pediatric to adult Nephrology Services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-311
JournalRevista Espanola de Pediatria
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013


  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • University Hospital Vall d'Hebron


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