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If your son has posterior urethral valves (PUV), it means that he was born with extra flaps of tissue that have grown in his urethra, the tube that leads from the bladder to the tip of his penis. These extra flaps of tissue block the normal flow of urine, which can damage organs such as the bladder and kidneys. Early diagnosis, intervention and long-term follow up care are the keys to successful management of this condition.
Here is some basic information about PUV:
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches posterior urethral valves (PUV):
At Children’s, we take a multidisciplinary approach to treating a child’s posterior urethra valves (PUV). After an accurate diagnosis is made, boys are carefully assessed and treated by specialists in many different disciplines, including Nephrology, Urology and Radiology. With each appointment, our team of experts monitors your child’s kidney function, bladder functioning and voiding ability (emptying of the bladder).
Posterior urethral valves: Reviewed by Joseph G. Borer, MD
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