What happens if a kidney is obstructed?
A blockage (obstruction) where the ureter connects to the kidney or bladder. This prevents urine flow. A blockage where the ureter and kidney meet (ureteropelvic junction) may cause the kidney to swell and eventually stop working.
How do you get rid of an obstructed kidney stone?
A urologist can remove the kidney stone or break it into small pieces with the following treatments:
- Shock wave lithotripsy. The doctor can use shock wave lithotripsy link to blast the kidney stone into small pieces.
- Cystoscopy and ureteroscopy.
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy.
Is kidney blockage curable?
Severe cases of urinary blockage and hydronephrosis can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney failure. If kidney failure occurs, treatment will be needed with either dialysis or a kidney transplant. However, most people can recover from hydronephrosis if treated promptly.
Is kidney obstruction an emergency?
Treating kidney obstruction Obstruction of both kidneys at the same time, however, may cause kidney failure and is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Most often such an obstruction occurs because of an enlarged prostate or bladder failure, or other causes of urethral blockage.
What causes an obstructed kidney?
Patients with kidney stones, can have a blockage at any age. These blockages can happen in both men and women. Older men with enlarged prostates can also affected. In babies and children who have a ureteral obstruction, the cause is usually a birth defect that affects their urinary tract.
How is urinary obstruction treated?
Treatment options may include:
- Urine removal (through use of a catheter, ureteral stent or draining the kidney directly with a tube through the back)
- Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery.
Can kidney stones be removed without surgery?
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is a technique for treating stones in the kidney and ureter that does not require surgery. Instead, high energy shock waves are passed through the body and used to break stones into pieces as small as grains of sand.
What causes kidney obstruction?
Some of the main causes of hydronephrosis in adults include: kidney stones – small stones that form in the kidneys that can sometimes travel out of a kidney and block the ureters. benign prostatic hyperplasia – non-cancerous swelling of the prostate gland.
What causes kidney blockage in adults?
In adults, the conditions that most often cause hydronephrosis include: Kidney stones: Stones that may become lodged in the kidneys or urinary tract. Cancer: Tumors in the bladder, prostate gland, uterus or other organs that are part of or near the urinary tract may cause blockages that disrupt the flow of urine.
Can a blocked catheter cause death?
If this blockage isn’t treated, urine can back up and damage your kidneys. This can cause pain and put you at risk of infection. In severe cases, a ureteral obstruction can lead to kidney failure, sepsis (life-threatening infection) or death.