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what is the difference between chronic pyelonephritis and hydronephrosis?

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Dr. Ramsay Kuo
Urology 26 years experience
Infected/obstructed: Pyelonephritis refers to a kidney infection, whereas hydronephrosis refers to obstruction of the kidney leading to dilation and swelling. You should see your doctor and possibly a urologist for both of these issues to get them evaluated to see if an anatomic abnormality or stone is contributing to infection or to see cause/severity of obstruction and if corrective surgery required.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is the hidronephrosis process ?

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Dr. Elie El-Charabaty
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Means blockage: Hydronephrosis is a medical term that means enlarged kidney that results from blockage to the urinary stream. It may affect one kidney or both. Most common causes are a kidney stone, prostate enlargement, lazy bladder ( due to diabetes). When it happens it is a medical emergency and patients should seek medical help as this may affect kidney function and sometimes lead to kidney failure.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Does someone who has hidronephrosis can take anticeptic pills?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Unsure but?: If one has hydronephrosis, there is blockage. If there has not been a stent placed to get flow around the blockage or even if it has, antibiotics are often prescribed and needed. A stagnant urinary system is a set up for a severe infection.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is best medicine to be taken when it was diagnose with moderate hydronephrosis secondary to proximal ureterolithiases?

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Dr. Jesse Chuang
Nephrology and Dialysis 17 years experience
Lots of fluid: Drinking lots of fluid can help to flush the stone out and relief the blockage and hydronephrosis. However, it depends on the size of the ureterolithiasis. If it is greater than 6mm, a procedure to break up the stone or remove the stone should be considered.
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A 31-year-old female asked:

My urologist wants me to wait until i pass the stone, its been 3 months and I have "stable" mild hydronephrosis. Is it ok to wait?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Urology 9 years experience
Kidney stone: Kidney stones can take several weeks to pass. Stones less than 5 mm in size tend to pass spontaneously most of the time. If you have no pain, no hematuria and no major comorbidities like diabetes or a uti, you may consider following the advise of your urologist.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What to expect at my first urology appointment for hydronephrosis?

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Diagnosis: You'll get a directed history and physical exam followed by some form of imaging to confirm the location and extent of the blockage. This will then suggest likely causes and treatment options.

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