Clair E. Cox, MD
Location and Office HoursUniversity Of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN 38163
- BlueCare/Volunteer State Health Plan/TN Healthcare Network
- United Healthcare
- Baptist Rehabilitation Hospital Germantown
- Memphis VA Medical Center
- Methodist University Hospital
- Regional Medical Center at Memphis
What kinds of doctors treat kidney problems in babies?
National Kidney Foundation answeredPediatric urologists are surgeons specially trained in the care of children's urinary and genital tracts. Pediatric nephrologists also care for kidney and urinary tract problems in children, but do not do surgery. Both pediatric urologists and nephrologists are familiar with the diseases of the urinary tract and know how to manage these problems after birth. In addition, these specialists may be able to provide helpful information to your obstetrician
What is the urinary tract?
National Kidney Foundation answeredThe main function of the urinary tract is to remove wastes and fluid from the body. The urinary tract has four parts: the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Urine is formed when the kidneys filter blood and remove excess waste materials and fluid. The urine collects into a part of the kidney called the renal pelvis. From the renal pelvis, the urine travels down a narrow tube called the ureter into the bladder. The bladder slowly fills up with urine, which empties from the body through another small tube called the urethra.
What is urethritis?
Urethritis is inflammation of the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body (urethra). It can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection (like some sexually transmitted infections), irritation from soap or spermicide, or injury.
Symptoms of urethritis can include:
- Pain or burning during urination (dysuria).
- An urgent need to urinate.
- A need to urinate more often than usual.
- A clear, yellow, or green discharge from the urethra.
When urethritis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotic medicine is used to treat it.
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