Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction (LUTO)
Lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO), also known as obstructive uropathy, is a rare birth defect in which an obstruction of the urethra prevents the fetus from passing urine. Early diagnosis and fetal intervention can prevent life-threatening complications.
During a routine ultrasound, Tara and Travis Markel learned that their baby’s bladder was the size of his head, indicating a serious birth defect. Their research led them to the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment offers an unmatched level of care for babies with prenatally diagnosed birth defects. Our team is among the most experienced in the world, and includes pioneers in fetal medicine. Learn about our expertise and approach to care, and why that means better outcomes for your baby.