Things You Need to Know about Hydronephrosis

June 28, 2017

As we know that hydro is referred to liquid, hydronephrosis is also called as “water inside the kidney” occasionally. Technically, hydronephrosis happens when there is a failure of normal drainage of urine from the kidney to the bladder. The failure will make the kidney swells. Although the swelling often affects only one kidney, it can also involve both kidneys. Hydronephrosis  is a secondary condition.

Hydronephrosis is classified in the diagnostic classification standard tool for all clinical and research purposes. This tool is called as International Classification of Diseases Tenth Edition or ICD-10 in short. ICD-10 code for hydronephrosis is N13.30. This code is lited in section N10-N16.

Causes of Hydronephrosis

One important thing that you have to know, hydronephrosis is not a disease. It is more like the impact due to internal and external conditions that affect the kidney and the urinary collecting system. Some causes of hydronephrosis include:

  • Acute unilateral obstructive uropathy
  • A kink in the ureteropelvic junction
  • An enlarged prostate gland in men. It can be due to BPH or prostatitis.
  • Preganancy
  • Tumors in or near the ureter
  • An injury or birth defect can cause a narrowing of the ureter
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Symptoms of Hydronephrosis

There are a number of signs and symptoms that a person with  hydronephrosis may experience. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in the abdomen of flank
  • Pain when urinating
  • Incomplete voiding
  • A fever

Hydronephrosis Diagnosis

You have to be aware of the symptoms. If you experience one of the symptoms, you have to consult with a doctor to have a diagnosis as soon as possible. If you leave it untreated, your kidneys can be permanently damaged. A doctor may be able to feel a person’s enlarged kidney by gently massaging.

Then, your doctor may use a catheter to drain some urine from your bladder. In addition, your doctor seems like perform a senal ultrasound or CT scan to get a closer look at the extent of the swelling. Both procedures of treating the hydronephrosis will let the doctor view an image from inside of your body. Remember to consult your health to your doctor.

Treatments of Hydronephrosis

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First thing you need to know is the treatment that you will be given by your doctor based on the underlying cause. Common things doctor will do are insert a ureteral stent, insert a nephrostomy tube and prescribe antibiotics to control infection.

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