The VUR Terms You Will Hear

Vesicoureteral reflux disease- the terms you will hear

If your child is diagnosed with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) you will hear these terms and acronyms that are frequently used.

  • VUR: Vesicoureteral reflux (ves-ih-koe-yoo-REE-tur-ul re-flux)
    Vesicoureteral reflux is a condition in which urine from the bladder backs up into the ureters. The ureters are the tubes that carry the urine from the kidneys down to the bladder. Sometimes when a child has VUR, urine can flow all the way back up into the kidney. Learn more about vesicoureteral reflux.
  • UTIs: Urinary tract infection(s)
    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can occur in any part of your child’s urinary system – kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. UTIs are known to be associated with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), and most often involve the lower urinary tract, the bladder and the urethra. Learn more about urinary tract infections.
  • fUTIs: Febrile urinary tract infection(s)
    Recurrent febrile urinary tract infections (fUTIs) are one of the most common bacterial illnesses for children. Recurrent febrile UTIs have the highest rate of occurrence for boys and girls during their first year of life. Early diagnosis is needed to help prevent decreased kidney function and permanent scarring. Find out more about recurrent febrile UTIs.
  • Pediatric Pyelonephritis (Kidney Infection)
    Pediatric pyelonephritis is a kidney infection that is usually caused by a bladder infection that moves “upstream” in the urinary tract to one or both of a child’s kidneys. To gain a greater understanding of this condition, read more about pediatric pyelonephritis.
  • Hydronephrosis (Kidney Swelling)
    Hydronephrosis, or swelling of the kidneys due to a build-up of urine, is a condition that affects approximately one in 100 infants.1 It occurs when urine overfills, cannot drain or backs up into the kidneys, which causes them to swell. This condition may correct itself or it may require treatment. Learn more about hydronephrosis in babies and hydronephrosis surgery.
  • VCUG: Voiding cystourethrogram
    A pediatric VCUG (voiding cystourethrogram) test is a procedure that uses an x-ray technology called fluoroscopy to give your physician a clear visual image of your child’s urinary tract and bladder. Find out what else you need to know about a pediatric VCUG (voiding cystourethrogram) test.
  • RBUS: Renal and bladder ultrasound
    The recommended ultrasound after initial febrile urinary tract infection (fUTI) to evaluate the kidneys and bladder. However, results may be normal despite the presence of VUR.1
  • HA: Hyaluronic Acid
    A naturally-occurring material. The HA in Deflux is Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA®) and the NASHA in Deflux has been used for over two decades in more than 40 million procedures worldwide, often as a dermal filler for wrinkle correction.2
  • NASHA®: Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid
    NASHA is a patented hyaluronic acid made from a bacterium that is biocompatible to the body. The NASHA technology is not made from animals and has a very low level of cross linking (<1%) to allow for better stability and biocompatibility in the body for longer lasting implants and better efficacy.