Chronic bilateral obstructive uropathy is a long-term blockage of urine flow from both kidneys. It is a slow blockage that gets worse over time.
Bilateral means "both sides."
Chronic unilateral obstructive uropathy Acute unilateral obstructive uropathy Acute bilateral obstructive uropathy
Obstructive uropathy - bilateral - chronic; Kidney failure - chronic blockage
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The most common cause of chronic bilateral obstructive uropathy is a condition called
When the blockage causes urine to back up into both kidneys,
In men, chronic bilateral obstructive uropathy is most often a result a result of enlargement of the prostate, also called
Other causes of chronic bilateral obstructive uropathy include:
- Bilateral uretal stones
- Bladder tumors
- Prostate tumors
- Tumors or masses of the uterus or other structures around the bladder neck or urethra
Retroperitoneal fibrosisor tumor
- Narrowing of the urethra due to a birth defect or scar tissue
- Neurogenic bladder
Chronic bilateral obstructive uropathy occurs in about 1 out of every 1,000 people.
Review Date: 03/22/2010
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.