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Pediatric Urology

Pediatric Urology is a urological and surgical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra, and the reproductive organs of children. As with other pediatric specialties, pediatric urologists have developed special skills in working with the physiology of children and the conditions related to their genitourinary functions.

Pediatric Urology begins with the fetus. Through ultrasound studies, performed as early as the first semester of pregnancy, genitourinary functions are evaluated and monitored by the pediatric urology team led by David Bloom, M.D. and John Park, M.D.

The Pediatric Urology special care team has been trained to focus on the child and family. Team members include pediatric urologists, nurses and other health care professionals. This team takes a great deal of care in making sure that each child's visit is as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

The Pediatric Urology team has extensive experience with hydroceles (the collection of fluid around the testicle) and hernias (a lump or bulge in the groin or scrotum); undescended testes and other male and female genital anomalies.

The University of Michigan Department of Urology's pediatric team has been highly successful in the management of antenatal hydronephrosis (fluid filled enlargement of the kidney). The Urologist examines the ultrasound studies of the fetus and when the baby is born, will provide surveillance and surgery if necessary during infancy and childhood to correct abnormal conditions.

Children that have been diagnosed with chronic urinary tract infections, incontinence, obstruction and structural abnormalities, may benefit by being seen by the Pediatric Urologists at the University of Michigan Section of Urology. As well as those conditions already described above, other specific medical and surgical conditions treated by pediatric urologists include:

  • vesicoureteral reflux

  • ureteropelvic junction obstruction

  • ureteral duplication / ureterocele

  • hypospadias

  • enuresis

  • neuropathic bladder / myelomenigocele

  • genitourinary trauma

  • genitourinary tumors

  • ambiguous genitalia

The Pediatric Urology Team works closely with other specialties when a situation requires a multidisciplinary approach. The renowned Mott Children's Hospital and its expertise in pediatric kidney transplantation is among the world's best in terms of outcome and associated urinary tract reconstruction. Similarly, the pediatric oncology team and pediatric surgery divisions have given rise to strong expertise and excellent outcomes with genitourinary malignancies.

When surgical management is indicated, the Pediatric Urology team has the advantage of every assistance being made available to it. The full-time pediatric anesthetic specialists offer the highest level of pediatric anesthesia in the world at the Mott Children's Hospital. This hospital is completely and exclusively focused on the care of children so that nurses, physicians and the clerical staff are complete pediatric specialists.

For appointments Phone: (734)615-0200 or (734)615-0201

Fax: (734)615-1489

 Staff pediatric urologists are available 24 hours a day.

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