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What does it mean if you have water on the kidney?

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2007-10-26 12:04:02

"Water on the kidney" is the literal translation of the medical

term hydronephrosis. That's a misnomer, however, because the

condition has nothing to do with water. In hydronephrosis, there is

often an obstruction in the ureter, bladder, or urethra that

prevents urine from emptying out of the kidney. Pressure backs-up

as a result, causing the kidney to swell with urine.

A common cause is a large kidney stone that prevents proper

drainage of the kidney.

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