Pediatric Ectopic Ureter

Pediatric Ectopic Ureter

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Summary

An ectopic ureter means that the small tubes that normally carry urine to the bladder don’t properly connect to the bladder.

Expanded overview

Ureters are the thin tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. In a child with an ectopic ureter, the ureter doesn’t connect properly to the bladder and, therefore, drains somewhere else. In boys, an ectopic ureter usually drains into the urethra (tube that empties urine from the bladder) closer to the prostate. In girls, an ectopic ureter typically drains into the reproductive organs or urethra.

An ectopic ureter is sometimes associated with a duplex kidney, a condition in which a single kidney has two ureters.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of an ectopic ureter are:

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