Obstructive uropathy

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 15 Jan 2021

An obstructive uropathy is a catch-all term encompassing any cause of complete or partial, congenital or acquired, and permanent or intermittent obstruction of the urinary tract. Depending on the severity of obstruction and extent, it may result in permanent change in both the collecting system proximal to the obstruction and to the renal parenchyma which normally drains into the affected collecting system.

Causes include: 

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: posterior urethral valve with grade V vesico-ureteric reflux
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