Paediatric urology

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:

  • Phimosis
  • Paraphimosis
  • Varicocele
  • 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.