Services & Specialties
Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV)

The Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV) Center is the first in the world to offer comprehensive, well-coordinated care for children with this rare disorder. If your son has PUV, our multidisciplinary team of experts will be with you every step of the way.

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Comprehensive Care for Mild, Moderate and Severe PUV

The Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV) Center at Cincinnati Children’s is the first in the world to offer comprehensive, well-coordinated care for boys with this rare disorder. We want to empower patients to reach their fullest potential and experience the best quality of life possible.

We tailor your son's treatment plan to his needs, and make adjustments as those needs change. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team includes pediatric urologists and nurses who are experts in PUV care. They will help your family by:

  • Explaining what PUV is and how it may affect your son.
  • Providing screenings and tests to identify any medical complications, such as kidney disease.
  • Treating problems early, even before symptoms appear. This can protect the bladder and kidney from injury in the future.
  • Connecting you with other specialists, such as nutritionists, developmental specialists and pulmonologists, as needs arise.
  • Supporting and encouraging your son to follow the treatment plan and care for himself as he matures.
  • Offering online second opinions for patients and families inside the United States who live beyond the Greater Cincinnati area (southeast Ohio, southwest Indiana and northern Kentucky).

If an unborn baby boy has severe PUV, some signs of the condition may show up on a routine prenatal ultrasound. Our pediatric urologists partner with specialists at the Cincinnati Children's Fetal Care Center to offer expert care for PUV and other complex fetal conditions.

Why Choose Us

First in the World PUV Center

The PUV Center at Cincinnati Children’s is the world’s first multidisciplinary center to care for patients with posterior urethral valves. Our Center provides world-class clinical care and outcomes to local, national, and international patients. Our compassionate and expert providers will tailor a treatment plan specifically for your son. We will be with you every step of the way to help ensure your son is given both the best treatment and the best quality of life possible.

Ranked #1 for Urology Care at the Nation’s Top Children’s Hospital

The pediatric urology program at Cincinnati Children’s is ranked #1 on the 2023-24 list of Best Children's Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

Multidisciplinary Care

The PUV Center is a multidisciplinary center that includes a team of physicians, nurses and other care providers to provide holistic care for your son. Along with a pediatric Urologist, your son’s care team may include Neonatology, Nephrology, Pulmonology as well as a nutritionist, developmental and behavioral specialists, and social worker. Our Center for School Services will work with your care team and your son’s school to navigate the needs of both your son’s education and medical care.

Access to the Nation’s top Fetal Care Center

If your unborn son shows signs of, or has been diagnosed with PUV, our pediatric urologists partner with the Cincinnati Children’s Fetal Care Center to offer top-ranked care from our neonatologists

Family-Centered Approach

Our team cares for the whole-person to address all of the aspects of PUV. We discuss your son’s care plan with you to make the best decision for your child.

Online Second Opinions

If you are looking for a second opinion about your son’s diagnosis or treatment plan, our pediatric urologists can help with online second opinions available to anyone in the United States who lives beyond the Greater Cincinnati Area. Learn more about online second opinions.