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What Are the Causes of Kidney Swelling

What Are the Causes of Kidney SwellingKidney swelling has a medical term, namely, hydronephrosis. It is not a disease itself. There are some possible underlying causes of kidney swelling. Let’s take a look at this article.


-Acute or chronic unilateral obstructive uropathy

-Blockage of a ureter due to scarring, tumor, urinary stones, kidney cyst or congenital abnormalities (present from birth)

-Vesicoureteric reflux (backflow of urine from bladder to kidney)

-Nephrolithiasis (kidney stones)

-Hydronephrosis that occurs without a known cause during pregnancy

Unilateral hydronephrosis occurs in about 1 in 100 people. All the above conditions may cause kidney swelling and you need to confirm a diagnosis.

Tests for kidney swelling

If you experiencing some symptoms such as flank pain, painful urination, frequent urine at night, fever, nausea or vomiting, you should tell your doctor immediately. Then, he or she may ask you to take the following test like

-Abdominal MRI

-CT scan of the kidneys or abdomen

-Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)

-Isotope renography (kidney scan)

-Ultrasound of the kidneys or abdomen

You can send the test report to us at or leave a message below. Our doctor on duty will reply you within 24 hours.

Treatment for kidney swelling

Treatment should depend on the real cause of kidney swelling. Medicines like antibiotics may be given to patients to control infections. As for severe kidney swelling, a ureteral allowing the ureter to drain into the bladder may be necessary.

In our hospital, Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital, we mainly use traditional Chinese herbs. Based on these natural medicines, we innovate several external applications such as Micro-Chinese Medicines Osmotherapy, Medicate Bath, Foot Bath, Steam Therapy and Acupuncture, etc. They have the function of increasing blood circulation and improve kidney function. Patients with kidney swelling will have increase urine output and sweating. This is a process removing excess fluid and toxins in the blood.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact with us!

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