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How is hydronephrosis treated in babies during pregnancy?

If your baby has hydronephrosis, your obstetrician will monitor your pregnancy more closely. More frequent ultrasound testing may be performed.

Sometimes, the amount of amniotic fluid can be lower than normal. This could be due to a leakage or to decreased production of urine by the baby. Decreased urine production may be a sign of a significant kidney problem. In rare cases, samples of the baby's urine might be required.

Most often, no specific treatment is required during the pregnancy, but evaluation by a pediatric urologist or nephrologist is needed after birth to identify the problem more specifically and to decide whether treatment is needed. Very rarely, a tube may be placed into the baby's bladder during the pregnancy to bypass a blockage. Another alternative is to deliver the baby early, but in most cases, no treatment is needed during pregnancy.

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