Pediatric Lupus Clinic
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Pediatric Lupus Clinic specializes in the care of children diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or lupus), an autoimmune disease where a person’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells and tissues, causing inflammation and damage to various organs. Pediatric rheumatologists diagnose and treat patients with lupus. Frequently, pediatric lupus can cause kidney inflammation, requiring consultation with a pediatric nephrologist. Early diagnosis and timely treatment can help prevent and limit organ damage.
The goal of the Pediatric Lupus Clinic is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, expert clinical care and facilitate the best possible quality of life for children with lupus. Its approach is to diagnose early, perform timely screening to detect organ involvement and use evidence-based, state-of-the-art treatments.
The Pediatric Lupus Clinic offers the following services:
- Diagnosis and long-term management of pediatric lupus
- Onsite laboratory with urinalysis, X-ray and bone mineral density testing
- Onsite infusion therapies
- Onsite vaccinations and TB skin testing
- Consultation with social work and nutrition
- Clinic is held twice a month
- Care is family- and child-centered
- Patients see both the rheumatologist and nephrologist on the same day
- Following patient evaluation, the team meets to collaborate and develop joint recommendations and management
- The recommendations are then passed along to the family prior to departure from the clinic
Any new patient under the age of 18 with a diagnosis of lupus and a concern for kidney inflammation can be referred to the clinic. Concerns for kidney inflammation can include but are not limited to:
- Protein and/or blood in the urine
- High blood pressure
- High serum creatinine
How to Make a Referral
The Pediatric Lupus Clinic accepts referrals from physicians of any specialty. To make a referral or for more information about the clinic, please call (602) 933-0909.