Vesicoureteral Reflux

Vesicoureteral Reflux Definition

Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) - condition of abnormal flow of urine from the ureter back the the bladder (opposite of normal direction) into the ureters. VUR is most commonly diagnosed in infancy and childhood after the patient has a urinary tract infection (UTI).

There are two types of VUR

Vesicoureteral Reflux Causes

Bacteria from the Urinary Tract Infections tend to also cause inflammation in the ureters, kidney and the bladder, and UTI's are most commonly assisiated with Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR). Birth defect problems are also a common cause of Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR).

Vesicoureteral Reflux Symptoms

Night sweats, high blood pressure, urine protein (Proteinuria). If the protein is Albumin, the problem is referred to as Albuminuria. Other symptoms are kidney problems, including possible acute kidney failure may occur later in the patients life. Complications from renal and bladder problems can lead to a number of other symptoms along the urinary tract

Vesicoureteral Reflux Tests and Treatment

Common tests for Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR) include:

Vesicoureteral Reflux treatment is aimed at further kidney damage prevention and focus on Urinary Tract Infections prevention. Surgery is sometimes performed to repair organs damaged by VUR, in cases of severe complications, or ineffective antibiotics treatments.

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