A megaureter is a ureter that is much wider than normal (wider than 10mm).
Ureters are the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. A megaureter may not drain urine normally causing the urine to back up into a child's kidneys. This can cause urinary tract infections (UTI) and lead to kidney damage if untreated.
Test and Diagnosis
- Blood test
- Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
- Voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG)
Treatment will depend on your child's symptoms. In some cases the megaureter will correct itself. Other treatments include:
- Antibiotics for UTI
- Surgery to remove the abnormal portion