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Chronic Urinary Tract Obstruction

Last updated Nov. 1, 2019

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD, MPH

Kidney failure, a significant complication of Chronic Obstructive Uropathy can be potentially avoided by prompt diagnosis and treatment. Otherwise, it may progress to chronic renal failure, which may require dialysis or renal transplant.


The topic Chronic Urinary Tract Obstruction you are seeking is a synonym, or alternative name, or is closely related to the medical condition Chronic Obstructive Uropathy.

Quick Summary:

  • Chronic Obstructive Uropathy is a condition characterized by slowly developing obstruction in the urinary tract (at the kidneys, ureters, bladder outlet, or urethra), eventually resulting in an obstruction to the flow of urine. The obstruction can occur in one urinary tract or may involve both tracts simultaneously
  • The most common cause for Chronic Obstructive Uropathy, which generally affects men, is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which there is enlargement of the prostate gland. Other possible causes may include stones and cancers of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra)
  • The common signs and symptoms associated with Chronic Obstructive Uropathy include increased urinary frequency, frequent urination at night, painful urination, abdominal or back pain. The condition may be diagnosed through ultrasound scan of the kidneys and bladder, abdominal CT scan, and blood tests to check the kidney function
  • Kidney failure, a significant complication of Chronic Obstructive Uropathy can be potentially avoided by prompt diagnosis and treatment. Otherwise, it may progress to chronic renal failure, which may require dialysis or renal transplant
  • Treatment of the underlying cause of Chronic Obstructive Uropathy is important. This can also help avoid long-term complications

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First uploaded: June 15, 2017
Last updated: Nov. 1, 2019