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Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction

Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction

A UPJ obstruction is a blockage in the area where the kidney connects to the ureter, a tube that carries urine from the kidney into the bladder.

UPJ obstructions are often congenital, meaning they are present at birth. As such, they are frequently found during prenatal ultrasounds. In adults, UPJ obstructions can be caused by a kidney stone, infection, scar tissue or prior treatments for a blockage.

UPJ obstruction can occur without symptoms, or can present with:

  • Pain in the back or sides
  • Blood in the urine
  • An infection in the kidneys
  • An infection of the urinary tract
  • Vomiting
  • A lump in the abdomen
  • Delayed growth in infants

Temple's urologists are highly experienced in a range of surgical techniques and pyeloplasties to correct UPJ obstruction, including robotic-assisted, endoscopic and laparoscopic treatments.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple urologist, click here or call
1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).