Pediatric Stone Center
Why Choose Us?

Dr. Devarajan.

“We proudly partner with our patients in each part of the decision-making process. We want families to be equal partners and active participants in their child’s care.”

Prasad Devarajan, MD
Director, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension; Medical Director, Stone Center


Why Choose Us

Multidisciplinary Treatment

The Stone Center is one of the few dedicated pediatric kidney stone centers in the country. It is a leading, multidisciplinary clinic for patients and families of patients with chronic stone conditions. Our team of physicians, nurses, counselors, social workers and dietitians from Human Genetics, Nephrology, Radiology and Urology will collaborate to develop an individualized treatment plan for your child.

Experience matters, and you want your child to receive the best possible care. Last year, over a hundred patients were treated at the Stone Center. Such a high volume affords us vital experience and enables us to provide the dedicated staff, hospital space and technology to handle even the most complex cases, including recurring and chronic urinary stones.

Because we are committed to providing the most advanced treatment, we constantly track how well our patients respond to therapy so that we can fine-tune what we do to achieve the best possible outcomes. 

What to Expect

Pediatric urinary tract stones can be a one-time episode or a chronic condition that requires ongoing treatment. Patients and families can expect to receive comprehensive care at the Stone Center from initial evaluation through continued follow-up. We coordinate referrals, appointments, tests and treatments, so they will occur in a single, convenient clinic setting.  We encourage you to ask questions and share information to help us best meet your child’s needs.

Depending on your child’s stone condition, you will meet with multiple specialists from our interdisciplinary team. Before the initial visit, our nurse coordinator may arrange for testing to be done ahead of time. Testing may also occur during your visit, after the clinical assessment. Available test results will be reviewed with you during your scheduled visit. 

At the initial visit, you will have a chance to ask as many questions as needed to understand your child’s diagnosis and the treatment options. Education related to diagnosis, treatments and testing is directed to parents or guardians, and the child or teen as appropriate. 

The Stone Center at Cincinnati Children’s has established clinical care management protocols for patients presenting with a possible urinary tract stone.  The protocols are detailed for patients newly diagnosed as well as patients with a history of urinary stones.  These protocols guide the emergency medicine team in providing the best diagnostic and supportive care for you and your child.

The protocols outline laboratory testing and radiologic evaluation required during the emergency room visit.  This testing will determine confirmation of diagnosis, treatment of symptoms, and consultation by appropriate clinical services such as urology, nephrology and genetics as needed.

We are committed to radiation protection in the imaging of children. In diagnosing your child’s urinary tract stones, we adhere to Image Gently guidelines and select appropriate testing to limit radiation exposure while still providing high-quality images. 

Children with stone disease may require frequent radiology testing during their lifetime.  Minimizing radiation exposure during each stone episode is key to maintaining radiation safety for your child.

If your child is diagnosed with a genetic (inherited) stone condition, you and your child will be referred to a human genetics specialist.  Children with other associated health problems, frequent recurrences or a family history of stones may also receive a referral for evaluation, care and ongoing treatment. 

Consultation, appropriate genetic testing and education will be provided to assist your family in understanding and managing a stone condition.

Our nationally-recognized specialists provide online second opinions for families. They will review your case and answer specific questions about a diagnosis or treatment options. It’s easy, convenient and secure. Plus, you don’t have to leave home. Our case manager will collect your medical records and guide you through the process.