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What is an MCUG? A micturating cystourethrogram (MCUG) is an X-ray scan that looks at the bladder, ureters (tubes that carry wee from the kidneys to the bladder), and urethra (wee tube leaving the bladder). We do the scan so that we can see what these structures look like and how the work. We...

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A pyeloplasty (kidney pelvis reconstruction) is an operation we do when your child has a blockage between the pelvis (main drainage area) and the ureter (the tube that joins the kidney and the bladder). For more information, please visit this infoKID resource. How do I know if my child has...

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What is urodynamics? Urodynamics is a test that gives us information about the layout or anatomy of the urinary tract but also gives us information about how it functions. It is a day procedure with no overnight stay. The test is in 2 parts: the filling and the emptying.  It has to be done...

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What is vulvovaginitis? Vulvovaginitis is a common condition affecting girls between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, before starting puberty. It is inflammation of the vagina and vulva. What are the symptoms? The main symptoms are vaginal discharge and soreness. The discharge can be white, green or...

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What are the instructions for wound care and catheter care at home? Try to keep the dressing as clean and dry as possible. Don’t worry if it becomes soiled or smelly this is unavoidable, especially as your child will be on antibiotics and so may develop diarrhoea. If your child doesn’t wear a...

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What is a difference of sexual development? Some children are born with anatomy of their internal or external sex organs which doesn’t fit exactly into the category of girl or boy. Some of these differences can be mild such as hypospadias where the boys bits are a under-developed. Some of these...

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You may be new to needing urology care or you might be new to the area. Urology is about looking after problems with the kidneys, ureters, bladders and genitals. You will find lots of useful links about the investigations and procedures we can do. Who is in the team? We are a mix of...

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Kidney stones are quite uncommon in children compared to adults. The meat of the kidney produces pee (urine) which then passes into a funnel-shaped drainage sac called the pelvis. From here the pee flows downward to the bladder along a tube called the ureter. The pee is stored in the bladder and...

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Kidney stones are relatively uncommon in children compared to adults. The meat of the kidney produces pee (urine) which then passes into a funnel-shaped drainage sac called the pelvis. From here, the pee flows downward to the bladder along a tube called the ureter. Pee is stored in the bladder and...

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Who needs a catheter? Some people with bladder problems will need a catheter. The bladder is a balloon-like organ that holds wee. Some people cannot empty their bladder properly. There are a few reasons why this might be, including problems that they were born with, surgery, and voiding problems. If...

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Who needs a catheter? Some people with bladder problems will need a catheter. The bladder is a balloon-like organ that holds pee. Some people aren’t able to empty their bladder properly. There are a few reasons why this might be, including problems that they were born with, surgery, and...

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What is a vesicostomy? A vesicostomy is a procedure that lets pee drain from the bladder. A stoma (hole) is made from the skin of the abdomen to the bladder. This creates a way for the pee to drain out of. Keeping the bladder properly drained can help to stop infections, and keep the kidneys…...

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What is bladder assessment? This is a test that helps us to see how well your bladder is working. Your bladder is like a balloon in your tummy that holds your pee. It is sometimes called a non-invasive bladder study, or NIBS. Why do I need it? If you have problems with your bladder such…...

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What is a prepucioplasty? Prepucioplasty is an operation that is done when the foreskin is: too tight and causing problems abnormal and unlikely to stretch by itself It makes the foreskin opening larger so that the foreskin can go back easily. Why is prepucioplasty done? Nearly all foreskins start...

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What happens in the operation to remove an appendix? An appendicectomy is a common operation which involves the removal of the appendix. This may be performed by the ‘open’ surgery involving a cut, or a ‘keyhole’ surgery. All cuts will be closed with either glue or...

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Why do doctors and nurses need to know if I am pregnant? We know that teenagers do get pregnant. Sometimes the cause of lower stomach pain can be pregnancy. Missing this can cause harm to either you or the unborn child. Also some tests and procedures we do in hospital might put an unborn...

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What is the appendix? The appendix is a blind ending tube, which is connected to your large bowel. It is on the lower right side of your tummy. We do not yet know what the appendix does or is for, but we think it may help with maintaining healthy gut bacteria. What is appendicitis?...

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Tummy pain is very common in children. All children experience abdominal pain at some point. The pain can represent a serious problem but in about half of all children coming to hospital no issue is found. Doctors call this non-specific abdominal pain. Although the pain can be severe, in almost all...

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What is Hirschsprung’s enterocolitis? Enterocolitis is the most serious complication of Hirschsprung’s disease. It can be life threatening. Enterocolitis is an inflammation or infection of the gut. The large intestine cannot push poo through as it should which can cause a partial or full...

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What is an inguinal (groin) hernia? Some of the contents of the tummy protrude into a sac or tube forming a lump in the groin. In boys the lump often extends in to the scrotum. Often the hernia will contain a bit of bowel but in girls may contain the ovary. The hernia happens because…...

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What is a tongue tie? The frenulum is a piece of tissue that attaches the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. A tongue tie is where the frenulum is too short or too tight. How common are tongue ties? Tongue ties happen in about 1 in 20 babies. What problems do… Continue...

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Unfortunately, waiting times have increased due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions necessary on the hospital site and because, during the pandemic, we have been providing extra support to other hospitals in the region. As a result, the number of patients we would normally see has been...

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What is hypospadias? This is a condition where the urethra (hole where urine comes out) is not in the correct place. It is instead further down and on the underside of the penis. The type of hypospadias is described by where the opening is. The mildest type (glanular) is where the opening is on...

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What is hypospadias? This is a condition where the urethra (hole where pee comes out) is not in the correct place. It is instead further down and on the underside of the penis. The type of hypospadias is described by where the opening is. The mildest type (glanular) is where the opening is on...

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