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Pediatric Ureterocele

Key Points About Ureteroceles in Children

  • A ureterocele is a birth defect that affects the kidney, ureter and bladder.
  • When a person has an ureterocele, the portion of the ureter closest to the bladder swells up like a balloon and the ureteral opening is often very tiny and can obstruct urine flow.
  • This blockage can affect how the part of the kidney affected develops and works.
  • The treatment for a ureterocele is based on the age of the patient, whether the affected portion of the kidney is functioning, and whether vesicoureteral reflux is present.
  • In some cases, more than one procedure is necessary, while in unusual cases, observation, or no treatment, may be recommended.


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