Prenatal management of urogenital disorders

Urol Clin North Am. 2010 May;37(2):149-58. doi: 10.1016/j.ucl.2010.03.015.


Antenatal sonography has markedly increased the detection of urogenital anomalies, including those conditions that lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Prenatal intervention is feasible to arrest and sometimes reverse the sequelae of bladder outlet obstruction but not necessarily renal damage. Myelomeningoceles, the most severe form of spina bifida, can be corrected in utero, with improvements in hydrocephalus seen along with a decreased incidence of ventricular shunting postnatally. Medical therapy to prevent virilization associated with congenital adrenal hyperplasia has been successful, with improved ability to detect its presence prenatally now possible. As further techniques evolve to correct underlying disease processes, it becomes important to critically assess the therapies, particularly with long-term outcome data.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Urogenital Abnormalities / diagnosis
  • Urogenital Abnormalities / embryology*
  • Urogenital Abnormalities / therapy