Emergency management of ureteric obstruction

Steeve Doizi, Margaret S. Pearle

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Ureteral obstruction is typically associated with hydronephrosis and pain but can also be associated with infection. Infected hydronephrosis due ureteral obstruction is a urologic emergency that requires prompt decompression of the collecting system by way of retrograde ureteral catheterization or percutaneous nephrostomy in order to relieve obstruction and enhance the efficacy of antibiotic treatment. Although there are other indications for urinary drainage in the setting of ureteral obstruction, including relief of pain and preservation of renal function, drainage of the obstructed, infected kidney constitutes an absolute indication for urinary drainage and a urologic emergency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUreteric Stenting
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781119085713
ISBN (Print)9781119085683
StatePublished - Feb 13 2017


  • Obstructive pyelonephritis
  • Percutaneous nephrostomy
  • Pyonephrosis
  • Ureteral calculus
  • Ureteral stent
  • Urinary obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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