A to Z: Ectopic Ureterenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgThe kidneys and urinary tract (which includes the ureters) filter and eliminate wastes from the blood. But sometimes a ureter doesn't connect to the bladder in the usual place, a condition known as an ectopic ureter.ureter, bladder, kidney, urethra, urine, urinary, UTI, urinary tract, blood, ectopic, pee12/04/201304/01/201909/02/2019b2bfbb3a-6cae-442e-b062-52c0e4d4631ehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-ectopic-ureter.html/<p>The <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kidneys-urinary.html/">kidneys and urinary tract</a> (which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra) filter and eliminate waste substances from our <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a>. However, sometimes a ureter doesn't connect to the bladder in the usual place. This condition is called an ectopic ureter (ek-TOP-ick YER-et-ur).</p> <p><img title="illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/P-ectopicureterA-415x233-enIL.png" alt="illustration" name="4951-ECTOPICURETER_A_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Urine, which is produced by the kidneys, contains the byproducts of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/metabolism.html/">metabolism</a> &mdash; salts, toxins, and water &mdash; that end up in the blood. Without the kidneys, waste products and toxins would soon build up in the blood to dangerous levels.</p> <p>From the kidneys, the urine flows down tubes (the ureters) into the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder until a person is ready to urinate (pee).</p> <p>An ectopic ureter&nbsp;may run from the kidney to the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bottom of the bladder to the outside of the body when a person pees) or the reproductive organs. In girls, an ectopic ureter may drain into the vagina.</p> <p>Some kids with an ectopic ureter are more prone to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/urinary.html/">urinary tract infections (UTIs)</a>. Boys may have pain in the testicles. Most girls with ectopic ureter constantly leak a small amount of urine.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Surgery can fix the problem. The surgeon usually does this by moving the ectopic ureter so that it drains into a more normal location in the bladder. In a few kids, the kidney that the ectopic ureter is attached to doesn't work properly. If this is the case, the surgeon may remove the ureter and any damaged kidney tissue.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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