Hydronephrosis during pregnancy
Are you pregnant and you were diagnosed with hydronephrosis? Do not rush into despair.
Not everything is as bad as it seems at first glance. Of course, hydronephrosis can serve as an indication for abortion.
However, not always and not for everyone! Therefore, let us now understand what this disease means, what it can be dangerous, and also why there are situations when one should not be afraid of this record in the medical record.
What is hydronephrosis: its symptoms and causes?
Hydronephrosis Is a functional expansion of the renal cavity system. This is a modification of the structure of the kidneys due to a complicated outflow of urine and its accumulation in the organs. The cause of hydronephrosis can serve as stones and tumors that overlap partially or completely the inlet or outlet of the ureter.
Also, the cause of the onset of this disease can be the inflammatory process caused by an infectious disease of the genitourinary system.
But during pregnancy, too, the enlarged uterus may become the cause of the cavitary enlargement of the renal pelvis and the retention of urine in them. Most often this occurs in the last months of pregnancy, that is, in the third trimester.
Such a functional hydronephrosis during pregnancy is most often not subject to treatment, and it passes by itself, after childbirth. However, it is necessary to diagnose this disease as early as possible.
After all, a woman with this diagnosis must be under the supervision of a doctor.
There is hydronephrosis with blunt or sharp pain in the lower back and abdomen. In this case, the pain can be periodic, that is, occur only after eating a meal or a liquid. However, often hydronephrosis is asymptomatic.
And it can be recognized only with the help of urine analysis and special examination. As the last can act ultrasound of the kidney and bladder and magnetic resonance imaging. Of course, you can use a variety of radiographic studies.
But they are forbidden during pregnancy.
Hydronephrosis – this is a rather serious and dangerous disease. After all, because of prolonged stagnation of urine in the kidneys, such processes in the human body can occur, such as:
- decrease in kidney size;
- hypertension in pregnancy;
- decreased kidney function;
- the appearance of kidney stones;
- the emergence of an inflammatory process in the kidneys (pyelonephritis) and its spread throughout the body through the blood (sepsis);
- renal failure with subsequent death.