Hydronephrosis is the result of a problem in the urinary tract. Urine drains from the kidneys into the bladder. With hydronephrosis, urine backs up into the kidneys causing a buildup of pressure.
Causes of hydronephrosis:
- Kidney stones
- Blood clots
- Growths or tumors
- Scarring—can happen from an accident or surgery
- An enlarged prostate
- Urine can't drain into the bladder
- Bladder is not draining well
Your risk is higher if you have:
Some people don't have symptoms. If symptoms appear, they may cause:
- Pain in the back, waist, lower belly, or groin
Problems related to urination:
- Lower output
- Cycles of lower and higher output
- Bladder not feeling emptied out
- Nausea or vomiting
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may also have:
The goal of care is to treat the cause. This will help ease pressure and limit further problems.
Care may involve:
If you have problems with your kidneys, getting prompt care will lower your chances of complications.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 05/2018 -
- Update Date: 06/05/2018 -