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Children who have vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) may not feel sick, because VUR typically does not present symptoms. VUR is most often diagnosed after a child has experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI) accompanied with a fever. Some children are also diagnosed shortly after birth if they had hydronephrosis (fluid in the kidneys) on their prenatal (before birth) ultrasounds.
Common symptoms of UTI in children include:
The cause of VUR is unknown, however there is a strong genetic component. Although no specific genes have been identified, VUR is common among children and siblings of parents with VUR. During infancy, VUR is more frequently in boys. In older children, VUR is more frequently diagnosed in girls.
VUR may also occur as a result of these less common issues:
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