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A urinary obstruction refers to anything that blocks, slows, or
disrupts the normal flow of urine through the
urinary tract. Obstructions can occur at any point in
the urinary tract. They can be present at birth
(congenital) or develop later.
Causes of urinary obstructions in children include:
Urinary obstructions disrupt normal urine flow and allow bacteria to
grow in the urinary tract. This increases the risk of bladder and kidney
Current as of:
March 10, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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