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Pediatric Vesicoureteral Reflux

Key Points About Vesicoureteral Reflux

  • Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) occurs when urine in the bladder flows back into the ureters and kidneys.
  • This condition is most frequently diagnosed in infancy and childhood.
  • A child who has vesicoureteral reflux is at risk for developing recurrent kidney infections, which, over time, can cause damage and scarring to the kidneys.
  • Your child's doctor may assign a grading system (ranging from 1-5) to indicate the degree of reflux. The higher the grade, the more severe the reflux.


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Providers Who Treat Vesicoureteral Reflux

Departments that Treat Vesicoureteral Reflux

Healthy Urinary Guidance & Support Clinic

We are dedicated to helping children overcome challenges with wetting problems and urinary tract infections in our Healthy Urinary Guidance & Support Clinic. Learn about how we support our patients.

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

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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.