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Vesicoureteral Reflux

If your child is diagnosed with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), pediatric urologists at Jefferson can work hard to monitor this condition to prevent kidney infections.

Many children outgrow VUR. In the meantime, Jefferson pediatric urologists can monitor the condition using a variety of screening tests. In addition, children with this condition are generally kept on low-dose antibiotics to keep the urine (and therefore the kidneys) free of infection.

Jefferson pediatric urologists, who are affiliates of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, perform surgical corrections on children who develop infections despite antibiotics, have high grades of reflux and/or do not outgrow the condition. Surgical options include:

  • Deflux injection – The least invasive option, this "surgery" involves the injection of deflux (a substance) around the opening of one or both ureters, resulting in a small "bulge," which makes it harder for urine to flow backwards.
  • Traditional surgery – Jefferson performs both intravesical (occurring inside the bladder) and extravesical (occurring outside the bladder) procedures, depending upon your unique situation.