Posterior urethral valves: Overview

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Find out what to expect if you have a child with posterior urethral valves (PUV). This document reviews the condition and how it is managed with medications, tests, interventions and surgeries.

Key points

  • Some children with male reproductive systems are born with a blockage of the urethra. This is called posterior urethral valves (PUV).
  • PUV is a life-long chronic condition that requires regular follow-up with your child’s health-care team.
  • The condition occurs on a spectrum, meaning that it may affect each child differently.
  • Most children with PUV will have issues with bladder function.
  • Children with PUV are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease. Some children will need a kidney transplant.
Last updated: July 18th 2023