How is hydronephrosis treated?
Treatment of hydronephrosis varies greatly depending on the underlying cause of disease. Treatment can include:
Antibiotics to prevent or treat a urinary tract infection
Nephrostomy tube (a tube inserted through the back) to drain fluid from the kidney
Placement of a special tube (stent) in the ureter
Reduction or elimination of certain medications or foods, such as protein shakes, that can be hard on the kidneys
Surgical or endoscopic procedures to correct an obstruction or other abnormalities
Treatment of the underlying cause of hydronephrosis. For example, kidney stones are treated with fluids, pain medications, and surgery if necessary.
What are the potential complications of hydronephrosis?
Hydronephrosis and its underlying causes can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications. Following the treatment plan you and your health care provider develop specifically for you will minimize the risk of complications including:
High blood pressure
What is hydronephrosis?
Hydronephrosis is an abnormal condition of the kidney. The kidneys are vital internal organs located in the upper abdomen. Normally, people have two bean-shaped kidneys, which form a part of the urinary tract in the genitourinary system.... Read more about hydronephrosis introduction
What are the symptoms of hydronephrosis?
Symptoms of hydronephrosis and common coexisting conditions and underlying causes of hydronephrosis can vary. Sometimes there may be no symptoms. General symptoms may include:... Read more about hydronephrosis symptoms
What causes hydronephrosis?
Hydronephrosis is caused by a variety of underlying diseases, disorders or conditions that obstruct or slow the flow of urine though the ureter, bladder or urethra. Hydronephrosis can also be caused by certain conditions that result in backflow of urine into the kidney. Causes include:... Read more about hydronephrosis causes