Fortunately, urological complaints are less common in children, but when they do occur, it’s important to find a urology team you can trust. The urology team here at Palouse Specialty Physicians are parents first, and doctors second, so we promise to bring our gentle compassion and patience to work when we have the honor of treating your child.
Some of the most common urological conditions that bring children into our office include:
Urinary tract infections. While adults UTIs are typically very painful, your child’s might not be. UTI’s are quite common in children and by the age of five, 2% of boys and 8% of girls will be diagnosed with one. Children should always be screened for a UTI whenever there is blood in the urine, pain while urinating or in their lower back, especially when accompanied by fever. You should also seek advice if you notice your child is urinating more frequently than usual, or if a previously potty-trained child is having frequent accidents.
Hydroceles & Inguinal hernias. Hydroceles and inguinal hernias are not uncommon in male infants, and they occur when the sexual organs are forming in the womb. Hydroceles is a fluid-filled sac surrounding the testicles, while an inguinal hernia occurs when an outgrowth of intestines protrudes through the abdominal wall. Both are easily corrected via surgery.
Undescended testicles. The testicles are designed to descend from the pelvis and down into the scrotum before birth. When this doesn’t occur, the testicle is considered undescended. Sometimes it will descend on its own but other times it requires treatment.
Hypospadias. This is typically diagnosed at birth, when the delivery team observes that a male infant’s foreskin is not completely developed, causing the urethra to be misplaced. In very mild cases, hypospadias might not be caught during the initial examination but, rather, while the baby is being circumcised. In any event, it is correctible via surgery.
Non-Invasive Pyeloplasty. This is the surgical reconstruction or revision of the renal pelvis to drain and decompress the kidney. It’s used most often to treat ureteropelvic junction obstruction if residual renal function is adequate.
We understand that any medical issue affecting your child can be scary, but the urologists on the PSP team are as good as they come. Trust your children with us and we assure you they’re in the best of hands and hearts. Contact us to schedule a consultation or to learn more about your child’s diagnosis and treatment. We’re always happy to provide second opinions.