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Unilateral Hydronephrosis

Information about Unilateral Hydronephrosis

We Have to Know about the Unilateral Hydronephrosis

  • Unilateral hydronephrosis is swelling of one kidney due to a backup of urine.

Causes of Unilateral Hydronephrosis

Conditions that are often associated with unilateral hydronephrosis include:

  • Acute unilateral obstructive uropathy
  • Chronic unilateral obstructive uropathy
  • Backflow of urine from the bladder to the kidney
  • Kidney stones
  • Hydronephrosis that occurs without a known cause during pregnancy

Do’s and Don’ts of Unilateral Hydronephrosis

  • Prevention of the disorders associated with unilateral hydronephrosis will prevent this condition.

Signs & Symptoms of Unilateral Hydronephrosis

  • Flank pain
  • Abdominal mass
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Fever
  • Dysuria
  • Increased urinary frequency and urgency

Medical advice for Unilateral Hydronephrosis

  • See a doctor if you have prolonged or severe flank pain

Investigations for Unilateral Hydronephrosis

  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
  • Ultrasound of the kidneys or abdomen
  • CT scan of the kidneys or abdomen
  • Abdominal MRI