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Volume 9, Pages 1035-1039
Case Study

Ascites, a New Cause for Bilateral Hydronephrosis: Case Report

Department of Internal Medicine-Nephrology, University of Missouri, Harry S Truman VA Hospital, Columbia, USA

Received 8 August 2009; Revised 31 August 2009; Accepted 3 September 2009

Academic Editor: Anthony Atala

Copyright © 2009 Deepika Jain et al.


Bilateral hydronephrosis secondary to urinary obstruction leads to a buildup of back pressure in the urinary tract and may lead to impairment of renal function. We present a case of a 57-year-old male with a history of alcoholic liver cirrhosis, who presented with tense ascites and acute renal failure. Bilateral hydronephrosis was seen on abdominal ultrasound. Multiple large-volume paracenteses resulted in resolution of hydronephrosis and prompt improvement in renal function.