One of the most common reasons why a child will see a urologist is because he or she is experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections.
“In most cases, urinary tract infections are easily treated with antibiotics,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist, who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “However, sometimes a child has an abnormal anatomy that can increase his or her risk of infections and damage the kidneys. We need to catch those problems and treat them early.”
If the child is at risk for those problems, his or her doctor will perform an ultrasound first to look at the kidneys. Another common diagnostic test involves filling the bladder with X-ray dye so the doctor can see if the urine backs up between the bladder and kidneys during urination.
A high percentage of children will outgrow the problem, but a small minority will require surgery.
To learn more about pediatric urinary tract infections, talk to your primary care physician.