Prenatal and postnatal management of hydronephrosis

Pravin K. Rao, Jeffrey S. Palmer

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The majority of pregnant women in the U.S. undergo prenatal ultrasonography and approximately 0.5% of these examinations will detect fetal malformations. Up to one-half of these abnormalities include the genitourinary system and the most common urological finding is hydronephrosis. Some conditions associated with prenatal hydronephrosis portend a poor prognosis, while others can follow a fairly benign course. This review focuses on the definition and prenatal assessment of hydronephrosis, fetal intervention, and postnatal management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)606-614
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Jul 13 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydronephrosis
  • Prenatal
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
  • Urology
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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