reflux nephropathymedical dictionary

<nephrology> A condition where the chronic backup of urine into a kidney results in kidney damage. Urine is forced out of the bladder and back toward kidney. This condition occurs most commonly in children who have congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract.

Symptoms include back pain, flank, pain, abdominal pain, urinary frequency or urgency and blood in the urine. Other symptoms include nausea, fever and chills, most often indicating a kidney infection has occurred.

Diagnosis is frequently confirmed by voiding cystourethrogram. Surgery is often required to correct the reflux of urine.

Origin: Gr. Pathos = disease

(27 Sep 1997)