Originally Posted by Torrilyn
I have been experiencing some fierce pain in my right flank recently and finally got in for a ct scan only to find out that I have a dual (two) drainage system in my right kidney and one of those systems is blocked and backing up with urine. Has anyone ever heard of this? And if so what does an urologist usually do about this type of thing as that seems to be the docs next step...Seems to be out of the physicians hands now...
Is it a kidney with 2 ureters (2 tubes leading to the bladder) or a fully duplex kidney with 2 completely separate collecting systems? Is it the kidney that is blocked or just the ureter? I believe that in many cases if the ureter is blocked they can stent it, just like they do with the stenting of coronary arteries, only this procedure is less invasive.
Double ureters are common enough and most urologists and nephrologists have seen them. Blockages are common too, so I suspect that it will probably be a fairly simple procedure to unblock and stent. That depends, of course on the cause for the blockage.
Basically, from what you described, it is probably something that your docs have treated numerous times in the past. Try not to worry too much and keep us posted. What is the next step for you? Are you going in for more testing or have they booked some sort of procedure.