Key Points About Posterior Urethral Valves in Children
- Posterior urethral valves are a problem with the urethra in a boy. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
- These valves are small leaflets of tissue in the urethra. They partly block urine flow because not enough urine can get through them to leave the body. This causes a reverse flow of urine.
- These valves can harm the urethra, bladder, ureters and kidneys. They become too full of urine and swell. This leads to tissue damage.
- These valves likely happen early in the growth of a baby boy in the uterus.
- They are often diagnosed by fetal ultrasound while a woman is still pregnant.
- Treatment may include removing the valves with surgery.
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