What are some common congenital anomalies of the urinary tract?
Vesicoureteral reflux is a condition in which the ureters are structurally abnormal and allow for urine to travel backwards (toward the kidney) which is known as reflux. This can cause an increased risk of urinary tract infections and might require repair in childhood to prevent renal damage.
Ectopic ureters refer to the abnormal orientation of the ureteral orifice (or opening). Sometimes the location of the orifice is within the bladder or urethra, or it can be located in the vagina.
Complete or partial duplication of the urinary collecting system is the most common anomaly of the urinary tract, affecting 2–4 percent of the population.
This is a rare anomaly in which the bladder is exteriorized to the abdominal wall. The severity of this anomaly typically requires immediate surgical intervention in infancy. Women born with this anomaly often have normal reproductive potential but require a high level of supervision during pregnancy and delivery.
Specialists for Congenital Abnormalities of the Genitourinary Disorders in Women
Northwestern Medicine has compiled a transdisciplinary team of specialists from various backgrounds to uniquely evaluate and care for the needs of women with complicated congenital abnormalities of the genitourinary tract.
Our team includes:
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These specialists provide customized, compassionate, full-service care for all pelvic floor disorders in a confidential environment.
To schedule an appointment with our team, call 312.694.PFDS (7337).