PEDIATRICS DEPARTMENT - RIYADH

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Overview

The Department of Pediatrics provides children with medical treatment of a highly specialized nature, promotes medical research and education programs including undergraduate and post-graduate education training, and contributes to the prevention of diseases.  Our expertise consists of management of children’s diseases ranging from general pediatrics to subspecialties like allergy/ immunology, endocrinology/ diabetes, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, nephrology, rheumatology, pulmonology, neonatology and pediatrics intensive care units. Special services are provided such as clinics for severe combined immune deficiency and other primary immune deficiency diseases, bone marrow transplantation, renal transplantation, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, automated (cycling) peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, renal replacement therapy through continuous veno-venous hemodufilteration, invasive renal diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including percutaneous renal biopsy of native and transplanted kidney, renal vein renin sampling, renal arterial angioplasty, treatment of vitamin D dependent type II using high dose calcium infusion, treatment of homozygate hyper cholesterolemia using LDL Apheresis, treatment of Osteogenesis Imperfecta using pamidronate infusion, clinics for Pediatric Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, cystic fibrosis program offers multidisciplinary  team approach (family screening with sweat chloride test and Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Regulator Gene (CFTR) mutational analysis), Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD),  Invitro-Fertilization (IVF) of Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Spina Bifida clinic, and cleft and lip palate clinic.

 Achievements

  • More than 1000 patients with primary immune deficiency diseases being followed by the Section of Allergy/Immunology. With the collaboration of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology more than 500 patients were transplanted since the initiation of the BMT program in 2007.
  • The number of referrals of patients with cystic fibrosis is increasing gradually with a range of 15-20 new cases/year. The service cares for a total of > 240 cases, 170 of which are actively followed-up at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre.
  • Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Invitro-Fertilization (IVF) of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Our IVF laboratory has adopted Genetic haplotyping to involve CF families with unknown mutations to go for IVF/PGD procedure to have normal children. The median survival of CF patients improved from 8 years in 1993 to 20 years.
  • More than 100 patients underwent Family screening with sweat chloride test and Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Regulator Gene (CFTR) mutational analysis.
  • Implementation of Vermont Oxford Network which is a non-profit collaboration of health care professionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families. Established in 1988 and is today comprised of over 700 Neonatal Intensive Care units around the world.
  • 65 patients are on Insulin pump therapy program- Treatment of diabetic children with intensive insulin therapy using insulin pump and several new generation insulin analogues.
  • The Virtual Clinic in Department of Pediatrics was officially launched on 29 March 2015 in the 6th Floor, North Tower. Virtual Clinic schedule was allocated for (9) Pediatrics Section.
  • Establishment of the International Journal of Adolescent Health

 

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