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Neonatal Hydronephrosis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is neonatal hydronephrosis?

Neonatal hydronephrosis is a condition that prevents your newborn's urine from draining properly into his bladder. Extra urine collects and overfills the kidneys. This stretches and enlarges the kidneys, causing pain, bleeding, or infection.

What causes neonatal hydronephrosis?

What are the signs and symptoms of neonatal hydronephrosis?

How is neonatal hydronephrosis diagnosed?

Your newborn may be given a dye before some of the following tests to help healthcare providers see the organs better. Tell the healthcare provider if your newborn or a family member has ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.

How is neonatal hydronephrosis treated?

The goal of treatment is to restore normal urine flow, relieve symptoms, and prevent infection. Your newborn may need any of the following:

When should I contact my newborn's healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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