EDINBURG, Texas – South Texas Health System Clinics recently hosted the grand opening of its newest pediatric nephrology & hypertension clinic. 

Dr. Khurrum Siddique, MD, said the clinic will offer comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management of many disorders affecting the kidneys and urinary tract, including kidney failure, high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, high blood pressure and abnormalities in the urine, such as blood and protein.

Located near Dove Avenue E. and N. McColl Road in Edinburg, the clinic is the first dedicated pediatric nephrology and hypertension clinic in the Rio Grande Valley.

“It is important to highlight that this is the only clinic in the Rio Grande Valley that provides these services to our community,” said Tom Castañeda, system sirector of marketing and public relations for STHS.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing health problem worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States alone, approximately 37 million people have the condition. While chronic kidney disease is rare in children, health experts have noticed a rise in pediatric cases over the past 20 years. The condition, also known as chronic renal disease and chronic kidney failure, decreases overall kidney function and permanently damages the kidneys, according to health experts.

The most common causes of chronic kidney disease in infants and children include birth defects, congenital abnormalities and hereditary diseases, such as polycystic kidney disease. Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children should be promptly treated and further evaluated, as urinary tract abnormalities may potentially lead to chronic kidney disease.

With the support of South Texas Health System Children’s, Dr. Siddique will provide dialysis treatments for children locally. located near Dove Avenue E. and N. McColl Road in Edinburg, on Thursday, February 16. In addition to touring the facility, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Siddique, who is a board-certified pediatric physician and specializes in pediatric nephrology and hypertension.

Editors Note: Click here to learn more about STHS clinics.

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