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Chronic Obstructive Uropathy

Chronic obstructive uropathy is a medical condition where there is a blockage in the urinary tract which prevents the normal flow of urine. The obstruction can occur in the kidneys, ureters, bladder outlet, and the urethra. Obstructions can occur simultaneously on one or both tracts.


Chronic Obstructive Uropathy commonly affects men. This is because of a condition where there is enlargement of the prostate gland that will cause a blockage. The condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Other possible causes include stones and cancers of the urinary tract.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common sign of chronic obstructive uropathy are but not limited to:

  • Increased urinary frequency
  • The urination may be painful
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Back pain
  • Frequent night urination

The only way to diagnose the condition is through an ultrasound scan of the kidneys and bladder, CT scan on the abdomen and blood test to check the kidney function.

If left untreated, Chronic Obstructive Uropathy can lead to kidney failure. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, the condition can be prevented from developing into a full-blown chronic renal failure, which may require dialysis or renal transplant. The prompt treatment of the underlying cause will potentially prevent long-term complications of the Chronic Obstructive Uropathy.

Although Chronic Obstructive Uropathy can affect anyone belonging to different age groups, they affect older adults more often because of the prevalence of tumors, surgeries and other medical complications common in this age group.

The condition also affects people all over the world but is more common in males than females. This is because of the fact that the urethra is much longer in males than in females and is prone to enlargement of the prostate.

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If you think you are suffering from Chronic Obstructive Uropathy you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Chronic Obstructive Uropathy as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).