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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 384-386

Making of a pediatric urologist


Department of Pediatric Surgery, TNMC and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008, India

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S N Oak
TNMC and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.36711

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The million-dollar question that we wish to address in this article is who should be the specialist for urological problems in children in India. What are the special attributes of a pediatric urologist? The answer to this question is far from simple and straightforward. Dogmatic rules do not provide a functional solution. While one has to admit that in India pediatric urological problems will be dealt with by urologists, as well as by pediatric and general surgeons, one has to also accept that lacunae do exist in the current curriculum and the methodology of training. A pediatric urologist by the virtue of definition would be a specially trained surgeon who would deal with urological diseases of children from newborn to adolescence (0-14 years). (In some instances e.g. exstrophy, renal transplant and continent procedures the age of treatment may even exceed up to 16 and above). He has the experience and the expertise to treat a child. Children are not miniaturized adults and newborns are not miniaturized children. Their physiology is different, they cannot always express their problems, answer questions and may not be cooperative during clinical examination.


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