Learn tips for talking with parents about VUR

Parents can be fatigued, frustrated, and usually have a lot of questions

Parents of a child with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) want to know about their child’s urinary condition. You will probably want to discuss a host of related topics, including the following:

  • What febrile urinary tract infections (fUTIs) are and how UTIs are diagnosed
  • What VUR is and how VUR is diagnosed
  • Potential clinical consequences of VUR

Parents should know that managing VUR often requires a specialized strategy

A specialized strategy may need to come from a pediatric urologist. A pediatric urologist considers many factors beyond VUR grade when deciding on a treatment plan, including increased reflux severity upon voiding, ureter anatomy and size, bladder/bowel dysfunction, and other issues.

In addition to or in place of antibiotics, a pediatric urologist may suggest endoscopic treatment with Deflux or open surgery, depending on the clinical and non-medical factors above, as well as non-medical factors.

Vesicoureteral reflux may cause permanent kidney damage. Successful management of VUR often requires the expertise of a Pediatric Urologist experienced VUR, it’s condition, diagnosis and appropriate interventions, in the condition and its diagnosis, as well as appropriate interventions to treat.

Consider referring appropriate patients to a pediatric urologist.