When are renal and bladder ultrasonography studies indicated in the workup of pediatric urinary tract infection (UTI)?

Updated: Mar 19, 2019
  • Author: Donna J Fisher, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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If imaging studies of the urinary tract are warranted, they should not be obtained until the diagnosis of UTI is confirmed. Indications for renal and bladder ultrasonography are as follows:

  • Febrile UTI in infants aged 2-24 months [3]

  • Delayed or unsatisfactory response to treatment of a first febrile UTI

  • An abdominal mass or abnormal voiding (dribbling of urine)

  • Recurrence of febrile UTI after a satisfactory response to treatment


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