Learn What Can Happen If VUR Isn’t Treated

What happens if VUR is not treated effectively?

Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is a serious condition

Your child may outgrow VUR. The average age when a child may outgrow VUR is five or six years old. Usually this happens if your child has a mild case.

If it isn’t a mild case, it’s really important that VUR be treated to avoid long-term complications.

More severe grades of reflux are associated with lower rates of spontaneous resolution and a higher incidence of renal scarring.1

Continual UTIs can permanently damage the kidney

When a child has VUR, urine backs up into the kidney. Sometimes the urine contains bacteria that cause a urinary tract infection (UTI). Bacteria in the kidney can lead to damage over time, which may eventually lead to kidney failure and/or high blood pressure. Some kidney infections that develop suddenly can even be life threatening.

Ask your doctor to explain more about why VUR should be treated.

  1. Baskin LS, Kogan BA, Stock JA. Handbook of Pediatric Urology Third Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2019.