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How is megaureter diagnosed?
If your child has megaureter, doctors must look for what's causing it and that is what will determine the course of treatment. So if your child has been referred to a specialist and megaureter is suspected, there will be a complete evaluation of the entire urinary tract. Megaureter may be detected during an initial evaluation that includes an ultrasound of the kidneys, ureters and bladder. Other studies are usually needed to confirm the diagnosis and to determine the cause. These may include:
Once the doctor has checked for vesicoureteral reflux and obstruction, he or she will assign your child's megaureter or dilated upper urinary tract into one of the four following categories:
Even after the cause of your child's megaureter is determined, the doctor may want to perform additional tests to get a more complete picture of kidney and bladder function. These tests may include:
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