Hydronephrosis is a condition characterized by distention of the renal pelvis and calyces of one or both kidneys. This usually happens due to failure of the organ in draining out urine from the body due to some kind of obstruction .
Symptoms of hydronephrosis depend on the severity of the condition and duration of the obstruction. The primary sign of the condition precipitates as severe pain in the back region. This usually occurs due to buildup of urine in the bladder, collecting system, or renal capsule. In addition to this, other signs and symptoms of the condition include the following :
Entire Body System
- Weight Loss
A review of symptoms was significant for weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, leg swelling and abdominal pain. [healio.com]
Also, the patient may have significant weight loss and palpable ptotic kidney 12 ). However, our patient did not present such symptoms or signs, except an abdominal pain. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
- Flank Mass
In the past, the most frequent symptom of UPJO in neonates and infants was a palpable flank mass. Nowadays, thanks to the widespread use of maternal and prenatal ultrasound examinations, asymptomatic hydronephrosis is diagnosed very early. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Physical examination may detect a palpable abdominal or flank mass caused by the enlarged kidney. Causes Hydronephrosis is the result of any of several abnormal pathophysiological occurrences. [en.wikipedia.org]
- Intermittent Fever
These were associated with intermittent fever with chill and rigor for same duration and chest pain in left hemi thorax radiating to the back of left chest. [ccij-online.org]
- Abdominal Mass
A 34-year-old woman presented with progressive left abdominal pain and rebound abdominal mass at the left lower quadrant for 1 month. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Common symptoms include: Flank pain Abdominal mass, especially in children Nausea and vomiting Urinary tract infection (UTI) Fever Painful urination (dysuria) Increased urinary frequency Increased urinary urgency In some cases, there may be no symptoms [nlm.nih.gov]
mass Flank pain Nausea and vomiting Urinary tract infection Fever Painful urination (dysuria) Increased urinary frequency Increased urinary urgency Diagnosis Unilateral Hydronephrosis can be diagnosed with an imaging test such as an MRI, CT, X-ray or [wexnermedical.osu.edu]
Symptoms Common symptoms include: Flank pain Abdominal mass, especially in children Nausea and vomiting Urinary tract infection (UTI) Fever Painful urination (dysuria) Increased urinary frequency Increased urinary urgency In some cases, there may be no [account.allinahealth.org]
Postnatal evaluation begins with US exam; further studies, such as voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG), based on the severity of postnatal hydronephrosis In neonates, it is the most common cause of abdominal mass. [unboundmedicine.com]
- Right Flank Pain
We presently report the first case of hydronephrosis and hydroureter due to direct compression in the urinary bladder by silicon, which had been introduced by the patient himself 2 yr prior to presentation with severe right flank pain. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
CASE A 36-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with intermittent right flank pain for 4 years. The pain-free interval had been shortened when she sought medical attention. [kjim.org]
- Left Flank Pain
A 28-year-old pregnant woman at 19 weeks gestation presented with dysuria as well as lower abdominal and left flank pain. Imaging revealed left-sided hydronephrosis and a mass invading the posterior bladder wall. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
- Rectal Bleeding
A 62-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with complaints of abdominal pain and rectal bleeding. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
The speed of resolution of hypertension following relief of obstruction suggests that humorally mediated vasoconstriction can play an important role in the mechanism by which hydronephrosis causes hypertension. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
What remains unclear, however, is why the factors described below result in hypertension in only a minority of obstructed patients: Acute, unilateral obstruction can cause hypertension via activation of the renin-angiotensin system; renal vein renin studies [emedicine.medscape.com]
Begliomini Humanae Vitae Medicine Institute, São Paulo, SP, Brazil Correspondence ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Even though it is uncommon, uterine prolapse can cause compression of ureters and bilateral hydronephrosis, predisposing to arterial hypertension [scielo.br]
- Flank Pain
PURPOSE: Maternal hydronephrosis may cause flank pain during pregnancy. We aimed to investigate the association between maternal hydronephrosis and flank pain intensity. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Call your health care provider if you have ongoing or severe flank pain, or fever, or if you think you may have hydronephrosis. Prevention of the disorders that cause this condition will prevent it from occurring. [nlm.nih.gov]
A 67-year-old woman was referred to the urology clinic for abdominal pain and hematuria. Urine analysis showed microscopic hematuria. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
He has had urinary frequency, nocturia, hesitancy, and urinary dribbling for several years with slight worsening with time. CT scan revealed left-sided hydronephrosis (Figure 69-1). [accessmedicine.mhmedical.com]
Nephrolithiasis*, hydronephrosis*, renal colic* Last Update: 2012-04-11 Usage Frequency: 2 Quality: Slovenian hidronefroza, urinarna inkontinenca, hematurija, nikturija, zvišan kreatinin v krvi English Hydronephrosis, Urinary incontinence, Haematuria, Nocturia [mymemory.translated.net]
Hydronephrosis is usually diagnosed during an ultrasound examination of the kidneys. In addition, CT scan, X-rays and MRI are also conducted to further confirm the diagnosis . Once the condition is confirmed, cytoscopy is done to understand the causative factor. In this method, a tube with a camera attached, is inserted to study the internal structures of the urethra and the bladder. This method helps to look for obstruction .
In many cases, blood and urine tests are also carried out to assess the kidney functioning. These tests help to check for hematuria which is indicative of presence of kidney stone or infection. Hydronephrosis can also be diagnosed during pregnancy. A routine ultrasound examination is carried out which can provide information about the development and condition of the baby.
Hydronephrosis; Chronic hydronephrosis; Acute hydronephrosis; Urinary obstruction; Unilateral hydronephrosis; Nephrolithiasis - hydronephrosis; Kidney stone - hydronephrosis; Renal calculi - hydronephrosis; Ureteral calculi - hydronephrosis; Vesicoureteral [nlm.nih.gov]
Acute unilateral obstructive uropathy (when urine cannot drain through the ureter) Blockage of a ureter due to scarring, tumor, urinary stones Chronic unilateral obstructive uropathy Vesicoureteric reflux (backflow of urine from bladder to kidney) Nephrolithiasis [wexnermedical.osu.edu]
Nephrolithiasis. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: . Updated February 5, 2018. Accessed June 5, 2018. Obstructive uropathy. Merck Manual Professional Version website. . Updated March 2018. Accessed June 5, 2018. [winchesterhospital.org]
For instance, unilateral hydronephrosis is a frequent complication in patients suffering from acute/chronic unilateral obstructive uropathy, people with vesicoureteral reflux and patients with nephrolithiasis. [ic.steadyhealth.com]
Treatment of hydronephrosis largely depends on the causative factor. If the condition is caused due to blockage in the ureter then an ureteral stent is inserted that allows the ureter to drain the urine into the bladder.
Nephrostomy tube is inserted which facilitates the blocked urine to be filtered out of the body. Antibiotics are given to prevent the onset of kidney infections. In many cases, surgery would be the method of choice to remove the obstruction. In cases, when kidney stone is the causative factor, methods would be employed to remove the stone and facilitate urinary flow .
Failure to initiate prompt treatment of hydronephrosis can cause several debilitating conditions to set in. In such cases, prognosis of the condition is very poor. However, if treatment is initiated when the first sign develops then the prognosis is good and it can be treated completely.
Hydronephrosis is not a disease, but occurs due to several other conditions which cause the kidneys to swell. The most common cause is the obstruction in the urinary tract. Conditions other than obstruction or blockage that causes development of hydronephrosis include cancer of the bladder and cervix. Such type of cancers is the leading cause of hydronephrosis in women. Pregnancy is yet another condition that predisposes women population to develop hydronephrosis .
In men, swollen prostate and cancer of the prostate gland are also major causes. Conditions that disturb the normal functioning of the kidney also play an important role in development of hydronephrosis.
Under normal circumstances, the major function of the kidneys is to filter off wastes and fluid from the system. The urine is formed when kidneys filter blood from the waste materials and fluid. This is then collected in the renal pelvis and from here the urine travels to the ureter and into the bladder. Conditions that obstruct the flow of urine may cause hydronephrosis .
Hydronephrosis can be prevented by following certain measures that would help prevent the onset of disease conditions that are known to trigger development of such a disorder.
The condition of hydronephrosis requires prompt diagnosis and treatment to avoid onset of secondary complications. If left untreated, kidney infection or atrophy can set in . Development of sudden and acute pain in the back region signals the commencement of hydronephrosis. Obstruction such as development of kidney stones predisposes an individual to develop this condition . Such a type of condition is pretty common in babies and it can affect the adult population as well.
Hydronephrosis is a common condition characterized by swelling of one or both kidneys due to buildup of urine in the organ.
Hydronephrosis can occur due to obstruction in the ureter or any other underlying disease conditions. Development of kidney stones is also known to be a major cause. In other cases, the ureter can get blocked due to formation of tumors or development of scarring. Hydronephrosis may also be present at birth without any known prominent cause.
Hydronephrosis presents with a sudden and sharp pain in the back region. In addition, other symptoms include development of urinary tract infection, fever, blood in urine, pain during urination, increased in frequency of urination and increase in urge to urinate. In addition, individuals would also develop abdominal mass and flank pain.
Diagnosis of hydronephrosis is made by ultrasound examination of the kidneys. In addition, to further confirm the condition, X-ray and CT scan of the kidneys and MRI of the abdomen is also done. To identify the cause of hydronephrosis, cytoscopy is also carried out. In pregnant women, the onset of hydronephrosis is diagnosed through routine ultrasound examination.
Treatment of hydronephrosis depends on the cause of the condition. Insertion of ureteral stent and nephrostomy tube forms the primary basis of treatment regime. Surgery is the treatment of choice in condition when the obstruction cannot be removed through other methods. Antibiotics are administered to prevent development of infections.
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