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Hydronephrosis In Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Hydronephrosis is swelling in one or both of your child's kidneys caused by urine buildup. Urine normally flows from the kidneys to the bladder through tubes called ureters. A blockage in the ureters can prevent urine from flowing properly. Blocked urine flow may be caused by a narrow ureter, a kidney stone, or reflux (urine travels back up to the kidney). It may also be caused by abnormal structure of your child's kidney. Examples include a ureter that drains outside the bladder or swelling at the bottom of the ureters.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider or urologist as directed:
Your child will need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child's abdomen feels full.
- Your child has a change in how much or how often he urinates.
- Your child cannot control when he urinates and has accidents.
- Your child has low back pain or pain on one side when he urinates.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your child has severe, stabbing back pain.
- Your child has blood in his urine.
- Your child cannot urinate, or he urinates very little.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.