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  • Ureteral Obstruction

     Pathophysiology

    Ureteral Obstruction is structural or functional hindrance of normal urine flow, sometimes leading to renal dysfunction (obstructive nephropathy). Ureteral obstruction can be classified as intraluminal or extraluminal. Intraluminal causes include kidney stones, blood clots and scarring; these conditions usually cause unilateral obstruction and Extraluminal causes include several conditions related to enlarged masses that place pressure on the ureter and create obstructions.

  • Ureteral Obstruction

     Disease statistics

    The incidence has estimated to be 1 in 20,000 in the Netherlands. It is more common in males with a 2 to 3:1 male to female ratio. The mean age at onset is typically 50 to 60years, but it may manifest in children as well as elders.

  • Ureteral Obstruction

     Disease treatment

    Stents or drains placed in the ureter or in a part of the kidney called the renal pelvis may provide short-term relief of symptoms. Long-term relief from obstructive uropathy requires surgery. A Foley catheter, placed through the urethra into the bladder, may also be helpful.

  • Ureteral Obstruction

     Major research

    Diffusion-weighted MR imaging allows noninvasive detection of changes in renal perfusion and diffusion during acute unilateral ureteral obstruction, as exemplified in patients with a ureteral calculus.

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