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The Colony, TX
A 30-year-old female asked:

How serious is developing hydronephrosis?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Tillett
Urology 23 years experience
It depends...: Hydronephrosis, typically diagnosed by a ct scan or an ultrasound, is distension of the portion of the kidney that collects the urine. There are many causes, but the most common in adults is obstruction to the flow of urine. Left untreated, this can lead to permanent kidney damage. You should see your urologist for further information.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Depends on severity: Mild non-progressive & congenital hydronephrosis usually not serious & requires no treatment. Progressive hydronephrosis with or without pain requires treatment. Managed by experienced urologist, even if reconstructive surgery is required, is not serious. Untreated, progressive or severe hydronephrosis can be serious & could lead to kidney damage or loss of kidney.
Last updated Jun 16, 2019


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