Congenital uropathies, sometimes called obstructive uropathies or urinary obstruction, refer to birth defects and inherited conditions that affect urine flow. They can be structural or functional abnormalities that cause urine to back up into your kidneys. These conditions need treatment to prevent kidney failure.
Some obstructive uropathies can be diagnosed during development in the womb, but some conditions can also go unnoticed until symptoms occur in adolescence or adulthood. Congenital uropathies can affect one or both kidneys, and they can start suddenly (acute) or happen over time (chronic). They can be caused by:
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia: an enlarged prostate
- Congenital urinogenital anomalies: birth defects or hereditary conditions that affect the urinary tract and genitals
- Kidney stones: solid masses formed by minerals and substances in the urine
- Ureters or urethra malformations: defects in tubes that carry urine between your bladder and kidneys, such as posterior urethral valves, ureteropelvic junction abnormalities, or urethral atresia
Signs and symptoms of congenital obstructive uropathies include swelling, nausea, or vomiting, and problems urinating. Doctors at University of Miami Health System specialize in diagnosing and treating congenital uropathies in people of all ages. Our kidney specialists (nephrologists) work with urologists and other experts to develop a personalized treatment plan.
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Nationally recognized kidney care. Our kidney care program has been ranked among the nation’s best programs by U.S. News & World Report for the past nine years. We use preventive approaches to help avoid kidney injury and disease, along with advanced therapies to improve kidney health and function. We offer some of the most advanced kidney therapies, including continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE).
Comprehensive care in a compassionate, supportive environment. Kidney health impacts vital functions throughout your body. The kidneys can also be impacted by autoimmune or genetic disorders, which can lead to additional complications. That’s why our nephrologists work as part of a team to address the whole person. This group can include general physicians and specialists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, psychologists, and teachers.
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