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JAMA Pediatrics Patient Page
September 2016

Urinary Tract Infections in Children and Adolescents

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JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(9):916. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2163

The urinary tract includes several parts of the body, including the kidneys, the bladder, ureters, and the urethra.

The kidneys are 2 bean-shape organs located in the abdominal area that filter blood to clean it and make urine as a byproduct. The urine travels down the ureters to the bladder for storage. The urethra connects the bladder to the outside of the body where urine leaves the body. Any of these parts of the urinary tract can get an infection called a urinary tract infection (UTI).

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