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Akron Children’s offers a Pediatric Kidney Stone Clinic for the increasing number of children and teens who experience urinary stones. Kidney stones form when there are changes in the normal balance of water, salts and other materials found in urine. By providing coordinated care with our nephrologists, urologists and dietitians, our clinic ensures your child will receive all the services they need to treat existing stones and prevent future ones from forming.

Kidney stones can be very painful. Treatment includes offering pain relief and increasing water intake to allow small stones to pass on their own. In some cases, surgical procedures may be necessary to remove larger stones blocking the flow of urine and causing urinary tract infection or kidney injury. 

The prevention of future stones is a key element of our clinic. Diet, lifestyle and genetics can all contribute to kidney stone formation. Once a kidney stone occurs, there is a significant increased risk of having another.

We study the composition of your child’s kidney stones and conduct a 24-hour urine test and blood tests to help us determine the cause of your child’s kidney stone. The clinic’s dietitians collect a detailed diet history at your child’s first appointment. Kidney stone prevention is centered around making diet changes, although the doctor may also recommend medications. 

The Kidney Stone Clinic participates multiple studies aimed at improving the clinical care and long-term health of children with kidney stones, including the “Collaborative Research on Children with Kidney Stones” or CROCKs study. This large, multicenter study is aimed at identifying underlying metabolic risk factors, as well as potential environmental risk factors for kidney stone formation in children.

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330-543-8950 Appointments
330-543-2778

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Nephrology
Akron Children's Pediatric Nephrology, Akron
Main Hospital Building
214 West Bowery Street
7th floor - Orange Elevator
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3980
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Nephrology, Boardman
Akron Children's Pediatric Nephrology, Boardman
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Nephrology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Pediatric Nephrology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center, Mansfield
1029 S. Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Our Doctors/Providers

Physicians/Providers:

Stephen Cha, MD

Director, Pediatric Hypertension Clinic; Interim Director, Division of Nephrology; Pediatric Nephrologist

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Curtis Clark, MD

Pediatric Urologist

Accepting New Patients

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Shefali Mahesh, MD

Dr. Noah Miller Endowed Chair in Pediatric Medicine; Immediate Past President, Medical Staff; Pediatric Nephrologist

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Eric Massanyi, MD

Pediatric Urologist

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Daniel McMahon, MD

Director, Pediatric Urology; Pediatric Urologist

Accepting New Patients

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Rupesh Raina, MD, FACP, FAAP

Pediatric Nephrologist

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