The majority of ureterocele are diagnosed in children less than 2 years, although occasionally older children or adults are found to have an ureterocele.
Usually there are no symptoms that accompany an ureterocele, but some patients experience:
Many children with ureteroceles are now identified during fetal ultrasounds performed before birth, but they may not be diagnosed until a patient is being evaluated for another condition such as a urinary tract infection.
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.
Children’s National offers five techniques to treat ureterocele. Each child is unique and the medical team will work with the family to determine the best option.
The Division of Urology at Children's National Hospital offers expert care and advanced diagnostic testing in a family-centered environment. Discover more about the treatment we offer.
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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.