Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction (LUTO)

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Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction (LUTO)

Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction (LUTO), also known as obstructive uropathy, is a rare birth defect caused by partial or complete blockage of the tube that connects the bladder to the penis, where urine is released (the urethra). This defect affects male fetuses while they are still in the womb. While in the womb, fetal urine is an important component of amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus and is important for normal fetal lung development. If the urethra is completely blocked, the fetal bladder can become enlarged and amniotic fluid levels can decrease. This can lead to underdevelopment of the lungs, which can be life-threatening at birth. Lack of amniotic fluid can also cause less protection for the fetus. Doctors often diagnose this birth defect early through frequent observation of the fetus using ultrasound. Doctors may recommend fetal shunting, where a hollow tube is inserted through the fetal abdominal wall to the bladder to allow fetal urine to be released into the surrounding amniotic fluid. Once the baby is delivered, doctors may also suggest surgery be performed on the infant to remove the urethra blockage.

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Fetal Cystoscopy for Severe Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction (LUTO)
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Congenital Disorders; Bilateral Hydronephrosis; Lower Urinary Tract Obstructive Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 11 Sep 2017

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Standardized Prenatal Clinical Care for LUTO
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Urethral Obstruction

 

Last Updated: 28 Nov 2016

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Fetal Cystoscopy Versus Vesico-amniotic Shunting in Severe Lower Urinary Tract Obstructions
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Lower Urinary Tract Obstructive Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 9 May 2015

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