Kidney Reflux

Kidney reflux or vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is an abnormal moment of urine from the bladder into the ureters or kidneys. Urine normally travels from the kidneys via the ureters to the bladder. In VUR, the direction of the urine flow is sometimes reversed, which helps the bacteria that is normal in the bladder get carried back to the kidneys posing a large risk for infection of the kidneys. Kidney reflux is classified in levels 1-5, with 1 being the most mild and 5 being the most severe.

Brookelyn has been diagnosed as having kidney reflux level 3. Kidney reflux at level 3 is usually not treated surgically, but Brookelyn gets a prophylactic antibiotic dose daily to prevent any infection in the kidneys. Her kidney reflux is expected to fix itself as she get bigger. If it does not she will need to have artificial valves put in between her bladder and kidneys.