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UNC: Treatment Shown to Reduce Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in High-Risk Children

One third of all children affected with febrile urinary tract infections suffer from vesicoureteral reflux, a condition in which the urine flows backward into the kidneys from the bladder. A new study, co-authored by a researcher from The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that children with vesicoureteral reflux receiving antimicrobials over a two-year period (antimicrobial prophylaxis) had a substantially reduced risk of urinary tract infection recurrences compared with children receiving a placebo. The study, titled “Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for Children with Vesicoureteral Reflux” was published online in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Myra Carpenter, senior investigator in the biostatistics department, was a co-author and co-principal investigator.