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.