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Symptoms of Kidney Disorders

Urinary Obstruction - Symptoms

Urinary obstructions such as blockage of the ureter (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder) may not cause any symptoms. The blockage may allow the affected kidney to function normally, even though the kidney is not in its normal position. Many people do not discover they have this condition until they have tests for other reasons. Sometimes, a doctor may feel a lump in the abdomen during a routine exam. In other cases, the obstruction may cause abdominal pain or urinary problems.

When a kidney is out of its normal position, urine drainage problems are common. Sometimes, urine can even flow backwards from the bladder to the kidney. This is called vesicoureteral reflux. It is important to see your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms, even if they seem minor.


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