Obstructive Uropathy

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Obstructive uropathy is blockage of urinary flow anywhere along the urinary tract. Obstructive uropathy can be asymptomatic or present as pain, nausea, vomiting, hematuria, or change in urinary flow. When obstructive uropathy is considered, a full physical examination is needed. Laboratory tests include a basic metabolic panel, complete blood count, and urinalysis. Ultrasonography, computed tomography, and MRI are the most common imaging tests used to diagnose obstructive uropathy. Ultrasonography is the most cost-effective and safe for patients and therefore a good initial modality. Medical treatment depends on cause. Surgical treatment of obstructive uropathy includes ureteral stents and percutaneous nephrostomy tubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-341
Number of pages14
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Nephrolithiasis
  • Obstructive uropathy
  • Percutaneous nephrostomy
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Ureteral stent
  • Urinary tract obstruction


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