Pediatric Vesicoureteral Reflux

If your child has vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), the connection between the ureter and bladder didn’t form normally in the womb, compromising his or her urinary tract and permitting urine to flow backward into the kidneys. 
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Some children outgrow this disorder. If not, VUR can be treated or managed. The condition often is genetic.

Our Approach

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital physicians provide your child with comprehensive, coordinated care from a variety of medical specialties.

VUR may be diagnosed through a routine ultrasound at birth or by the presence of urinary tract infections. A voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG), along with radionuclide cystography, will help us determine the severity of the reflux. We also may perform a radionuclide renal scan to determine if your child’s kidneys have been scarred.

Typically, physicians work to prevent urinary tract infections while waiting to see if the condition corrects itself. If not, surgery may be necessary. Physicians at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital are leaders in minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures. We were the first in the Upper Midwest to perform robot-assisted laparoscopic urologic surgery on a child. The smaller incisions required for minimally invasive surgery mean faster recovery time and less pain for your child.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

  • Medical Management
  • Surgical Management
  • Timed Voiding Exercises

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