ACR – Pediatric – Urinary Tract Infection
History – This 3 year old female has had at least 3 culture proven bladder infections.
Symptoms – None at present.
Physical – No abnormalities.
Renal ultrasound was normal.
There was ureteric reflux as the bladder progressively filled. The collecting system on the left was more dilated and the fornices of the calyces were blunted. No other bladder abnormalities. The bladder emptied completely on voiding.
Vesico-ureteric reflux. Grade 3 on the left and Grade 2 on the right.
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common disease of childhood. The investigation of UTI in children has been the subject of debate and controversy for many years. Most workers agree that the first imaging modality to be used should be an ultrasound examination to exclude obstruction, structural abnormalities, and renal calculi.
The role of 99m Tc dimercaptosuccinic acid scintigraphy (DMSA) in the diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis is becoming increasingly important. Many argue that if the DMSA study is normal at the time of acute UTI, no further investigation is required because the kidneys have not been involved and thus there will be no late sequelae. Others use the acute DMSA study to determine the intensity of antibiotic therapy.
The importance of the role of vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR) is being debated. Some workers will only proceed to cystography to detect VUR if the DMSA study is abnormal, whereas others advocate a more aggressive approach. VUR can be identified by a variety of radiological and scintigraphic techniques. Although the radiological cystogram is the gold standard and is essential in the first UTI in a male patient, to exclude the presence of posterior urethral valves, radionuclide cystograms are advantageous in other situations.
Grading of the reflux helps to determine treatment strategies i.e. medical vs. surgical.
Vesico-ureteric Reflux Grading
Figure 15.6A Pelvis x-ray of the bladder filled with contrast by Dr. Brent Burbridge MD, FRCPC, University Medical Imaging Consultants, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan is used under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
Figure 15.6B Pelvis x-ray of the bladder with contrast and bilateral vesico-ureteric reflux by Dr. Brent Burbridge MD, FRCPC, University Medical Imaging Consultants, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan is used under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
Figure 15.7 Vesico-ureteric reflux grading. Originally published at https://radiopaedia.org/cases/illustration-vesicoureteric-reflux-grading under aCreative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.