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What are the complications of hydronephrosis?
If hydronephrosis remains untreated, the increased pressure within the kidney
may decrease the ability of the kidney to filter blood, remove waste products,
and make urine as well as regulate the electrolytes
in the body. Hydronephrosis can lead to kidney infections, and in some cases,
complete kidney function loss or death. Kidney function will begin decreasing
almost immediately with the onset of hydronephrosis but is reversible if the
swelling resolves. Usually kidneys recover well even if there is an obstruction
lasting up to 6 weeks.
The term acute hydronephrosis may be used when after resolution of the kidney
swelling, kidney function returns to normal. Chronic hydronephrosis may be used
to describe the situation where kidney function is lost even if the obstruction
and swelling have resolved.