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Frequently Asked Questions

My baby was diagnosed with an ureterocele on a prenatal ultrasound. She seems very healthy. Is it absolutely necessary for her to undergo treatment?

To prevent kidney damage and UTIs, treatment is often recommended. Sometimes, a “watch and wait” approach is used. It is important to continue observing the child to make sure the problem either self-corrects, or is surgically corrected.

My doctor has recommended that my daughter take antibiotics because she has an ureterocele and urinary reflux. Is it safe to take antibiotics every day?

Many children and adults take a low dose of an antibiotic every day to prevent urinary tract infections. This form of therapy has been used for over 35 years. It has proven to be relatively safe, as long as the dose is small. It is important to weigh the risk of taking the antibiotic against the risk of a serious kidney infection.

My child was diagnosed with an ureterocele and it was punctured through a small scope. Now there is reflux into the ureterocele and the lower part of the kidney. Will more surgery be necessary?

In most cases, if there is reflux up the ureter into the lower part of the kidney, the reflux should be treated. It is unlikely to disappear with time. If this is the case, removal of the ureterocele and ureteral re-implantation (recreation of the flap valve) is recommended.