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Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction (UPJ)

This is a discussion on Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction (UPJ) within the Baby, Toddler, Child Health Concerns forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; Hi all moms/parents, I hope to seek some advice here. My son, coming 6mo, is diagnosed with UPJ Obstruction at ...

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    Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction (UPJ)

    Hi all moms/parents,

    I hope to seek some advice here. My son, coming 6mo, is diagnosed with UPJ Obstruction at his left side. It all happened when he had high fever at 2mo, and the doctor found out he had UTI. So when he recovered, there was a followup ultrasound scan to see if the kidney is all ok. Sad to say, they further found that the left kidney is bigger than normal. Hence further scans showed that there was an obstruction and now the doc at Kandang Kerbau Hospital says surgery is the only way to go.

    I went to do research and realised there are mixed opinions. Some say the obstruction will eventually clear when he grows older.. But I'm worried about the kidney. And there are also sayings that babies under certain age when go under general anaesthesia will have development slower than those who didn't.

    I'm now very mixed feelings and whenever I imagined my son being pushed into the room, my heart really hurts.

    Any parents here who experienced before the same thing as me and if you dont't mind, will you be able to share with me your experience? Should I seek traditional chinese medicine? Should I find another specialist?

    Thanks in advance.

    Worried Parent

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    Re: Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction (UPJ)

    Hi. The condition is actually called pelviureteric junction obstruction or PUJO for short. While very mild cases can get better on its own, if one kidney is bigger than the other it means that the blockage is bad enough that all the urine is trapped in one kidney. If untreated this will cause the affected kidney to be irreversibly damaged and even fail. I understand your concerns about anaesthesia but this is a situation where it is necessary and the benefits of surgery definitiely outweigh the risk of anaesthesia.

    I think you should talk to the surgeon at KK again about your concerns if you are still not sure. Traditional medicine cannot cure this and may in fact worsen the kidney even more so I suggest you dont't do that. This is a serious condition and is better treated early rather than late.

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