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Hydronephrosis: Causes, Symptoms, Facts, and Treatment


It is a condition of swelling of the kidney due to urine failing to properly drain from the kidney to the bladder.

Hydronephrosis is said to affect about 1 in every 100 babies. [1]

- Can affect males more than females
- Curable condition
- Rare cases may need to drain out urine through tubes
- Can be treated by a medical professional
- May lead to kidney damage if left untreated

Mostly the condition occurs in one kidney, but it is possible that it can involve two kidneys. It is a result of the underlying condition -- such as an existing disease or condition that leads to renal dilation.

Ages affected: May occur at any age, including babies, but more prevalent in infants and babies.


Self-diagnosable: Any symptoms of pain while urinating, fever, pain in the abdomen, and nausea should be reported to a physician. This may be caused due to partial blockage in the urinary tract.

People may experience:
Pain - pain in the lower abdomen and back
Urinary issues - pain while urinating or frequent need to urinate
Nausea - the feeling of nausea and vomiting
Fever - mild-to-severe fever


Self-care: Any case of the above-mentioned symptoms should be reported to a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Medications: Blood test, urine test, ultrasound imaging, etc. can be required to understand the underlying condition. As required, the doctor may recommend surgery in case of severe condition to eliminate blockage. Tubes may be inserted into the bladder to drain out urine.

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