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Kidney issues and circumcision

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 25, 2010
  • 09:14 PM

My 3 month old son has been diagnosed by one of the top pediatric urologists in the region with severe (grade 5) hydronephrosis, severe reflux (grade 4) and a partial blockage of his left kidney. His right has some reflux, but no blockage and no hydronephrosis. He has been on antibiotics since he was born (amoxicillian and now bactrim). My concern is that both the Urologist and my pediatrician have told me that we will HAVE to get him circumcised if he gets even one UTI. My husband (who is European) and I (American) don't believe in circumcision and didn't have either of our boys circumcised. I can't imagine that this disfiguring procedure is absolutely necessary just because of a UTI. Nor, do I believe, does having an intact foreskin cause UTI, especially when he is having all of these kidney problems that would be the obvious reasons for a UTI. He luckily seems to be having little trouble with his kidney issues right now and is slated for follow up tests when he is 6 months old. Has anyone here run into this situation? Is it just "normal" for Doctors to insist on this for a UTI in an otherwise normal child? My husband and I are just broken up over the possibility of an unnecessary circumcision and don't know how to argue our case against it with both of our son's doctors.

Thanks for any insight!

~Catherine

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