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What is a pediatric urologist?

A pediatric urologist treats the urinary system, including the kidneys and bladder; in males, the genitals (the penis and testicles) are included. Urinary conditions can be common or complex, and they range from birth defects and difficulty voiding (urinating) to infections and, less commonly, urinary stones that form in the bladder.

A pediatric urologist has completed advanced specialty training to care for children. Children with urinary system conditions differ from adults with similar problems, so the expertise of a pediatric trained urologist is essential. Specialists at McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of different parts of a child’s anatomy and listen carefully to each patient’s concerns. Specialists here also offer biofeedback training using video games for children with bladder control problems to improve bladder muscle control and combat incontinence.

What does a pediatric urologist treat?

Pediatric urologists treat several types of problems and abnormalities:

  • Hypospadias, a male birth defect
  • Kidney stones, crystals that can form in the kidney and move through the urinary drainage system to the bladder
  • Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, a blockage of urinary drainage from the kidneys
  • Undescended testis
  • Vesicoureteral reflux, abnormal urine flow from the bladder back up to the kidneys
  • Spina bifida, a birth defect that requires complex specialty care and that can impact bladder function
  • Problems with daytime (enuresis) and nighttime (nocturnal enuresis) bladder control

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