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Obstructive Uropathies 

Obstructive Uropathies
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Obstructive Uropathies
Author(s):

Priya Deshpande

, and Shuchita Sharma

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190611620.003.0017
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date: 29 January 2020

Obstructive Uropathy remains an important cause of acute kidney injury. The etiology of obstructive uropathy can be very variable ranging from extrinsic compression of the urinary tract by tumors or surrounding structures to intraluminal obstruction by crystals and stones. Patients with obstructive uropathy manifest symptoms based on the area of obstruction within the urinary tract. Flank pain, hematuria, and suprapubic discomfort are some of the associated symptoms. The diagnosis of obstructive uropathy requires a high index of suspicion and, depending on its nature, can be confirmed clinically and/or with an imaging modality. Prompt diagnosis and treatment with effective relief of obstruction is important in preventing long-term and permanent damage to the kidneys.

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