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Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) can only be diagnosed by a test called a cystogram, in which a catheter is placed through the urethra into the bladder, and the bladder is filled with fluid. This procedure allows your doctors to see the reverse flow of urine toward the kidney. There are 2 types of cystogram:
A cystogram is most commonly done in a child who has had a UTI but may also be performed in infants who have hydronephrosis (fluid in the kidneys)—a condition detected by ultrasound before birth.
If you have a family history of VUR, but your child has no symptoms, your child's physician may elect to perform a diagnostic test to rule out VUR.
Other test that are sometimes done in children with VUR include:
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