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If your son has been diagnosed with posterior urethral valves (PUV), you may have questions and concerns about your child’s health and future, such as:
At Boston Children’s Hospital, we know how important it is for parents to understand their child’s medical concerns. That’s why we’ve provided answers to commonly asked questions such as these following pages. During your appointment, our doctors will explain your child’s condition and discuss management options with you in more detail.
What are posterior urethral valves (PUV)?
How serious is PUV?
What causes PUV?
Symptoms that may result from PUV often vary in terms of their severity, and range from mild to severe. Therefore, each child experiences symptoms differently. Your son's symptoms may include:
Are there any medical complications associated with PUV?
Severe cases of PUV can lead to the following medical complications:
Is my child at risk for kidney failure?
The risk of kidney failure in a boy with PUV is fairly significant. Kidney failure might present in different stages of the boy’s life: either as a fetus, a neonate, or later on in life. Over the course of their lifetime, boys have a 15-20% chance of kidney failure.
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