What is paediatric urology?
Paediatric urology is a subspecialty of urology that specialises in malformations of the urogenital system of children and adolescents. Some of them require surgical attention and others do not.
What conditions does a paediatric urologist treat?
The main conditions treated by a paediatric urologist are:
- Cryptorchidism (undescended testes)
- Hypospadias (malformation of the urinary and genital system)
- Urinary incontinence (bedwetting)
- Pelvic Ureteric Junction obstruction (PUJ)
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Genitourinary malformations
- Neurogenic bladder (related to spina bifida)
When should I go to the child urologist?
Children should be taken to a paediatric urologist when they have abnormalities in their urogenital system, such as phimosis, urinary incontinence, or malformations. When in doubt, it is always preferable to go to a GP for specialist referral.