A ureterocele (yu-REE-ter-oh-seel) is an enlarged area in the lower portion of
the tubes (ureters) that carry urine (pee) from the kidney
to the bladder.
More to Know
Ureteroceles are caused by a birth
defect in which the opening in the ureter is too small for urine to pass freely
into the bladder. As a result, urine backs up into the ureter, causing it to swell
like a balloon. Sometimes a ureterocele will cause pee to flow backward from the bladder
to the kidney (this is called reflux), which can lead to kidney damage.
Most cases of ureterocele are diagnosed before a child is 2 years old. Others aren't
discovered until later in life when the condition causes kidney problems or recurrent
urinary tract infections.
Some people with ureteroceles have no symptoms at all. Others may have abdominal,
side, or back pain; a burning sensation when urinating; fever; an increased urge to
pee; and loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence). The pee
may have blood in it or be foul-smelling. Sometimes a lump is felt in the abdomen.
Several types of surgery can permanently correct ureteroceles. Drains and antibiotics
can help relieve symptoms in the short-term.
Keep in Mind
With treatment, most people with ureteroceles will be able to have and maintain
normal urinary function.
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