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Pediatric Congenital Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction

Key Points About Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction

  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction is a blockage in the area that connects the renal pelvis (part of the kidney) to one of the tubes (ureters) that move urine to the bladder.
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction generally occurs when a baby is still growing in the womb. This is called a congenital condition (present from birth).
  • The most severe cases of ureteropelvic junction obstruction may require surgery early in life, while many do not require early surgery.
  • The majority of cases do not require surgery at all, but do need to be checked up periodically until the obstruction has gone away.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of ureteropelvic junction obstruction can help preserve future kidney function.

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Providers Who Treat Congenital Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction

    Departments that Treat Congenital Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction

    The Zickler Family Prenatal Pediatrics Institute

    The Zickler Family Prenatal Pediatrics Institute at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provides specialized care for babies during pregnancy, delivery and after birth.

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    Urology

    At Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., our pediatric urologists provide comprehensive care for disorders affecting reproductive and urinary organs.