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Pelvi-ureteric Junction (PUJ) Obstruction

PUJ obstruction is a common problem seen in infants & children. In this condition, there is a partial obstruction (blockage) to urine flow from the kidney into the ureter (tube connecting the kidney to bladder). This results in swelling of the kidney (hydronephrosis). In severe cases, it can affect the functioning of the kidney. Routinely, this condition is diagnosed before birth itself. Some of there obstructions get better as the baby grows. However, if the blockage is causing severe swelling & pressure on the kidney, is affecting kidney function or causing infections, it needs to be surgically corrected.

The surgery for PUJ obstruction is called Pyeloplasty. In this operation, the blocked segment of the ureter is removed & the normal ureter joined to the pelvis of the kidney with fine sutures. A stent (called Double J stent) is inserted into the kidney with one end in the bladder to srain the urine while the stitches are healing. The stent is removed after about 6 weeks by endoscopy.

Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty in infants & children

Today all our pyeloplasty operations are sone by laparoscopy (key-hole surgery). Dr Chandrasekharam has performed over 280 laparoscopic pyeloplasties in infants & chiuldren which is the largest number in the country. More than half of these were in infants, including a 3 kg baby. In this, the same operation is done thru 3 small holes (each 3mm size) using special, delicate instruments. The operation currently takes about 1.5 hours & children are discharged in 2-3 days. Because of laparoscopy, this delicate operation is done under magnification (over 10 times magnified), is virtually painless & has excellent cosmetic result. The success of this operation in exoert hands is over 95%, & failures are uncommon. About 5% of children may have obstruction to both kidneys, & require surgery on both sides, one after the other.

Fig : cosmetic result after unilateral (one side) & bilateral (both sides) laparoscopic pyeloplasty in 2 infants. Note that there is hardly any visible scar on the abdomen

PUJ obstructions: case scenarios

4 year old boy came to emergency services with repeated episodes of pain in the left side of abdomen. Ultrasonogram (USG, Fig 1) showed gross Left Hydronephrosis (swelling of left kidney) and a DTPA Renogram confirmed left PUJ obstruction with reduced function of left kidney (Fig 2). He was taken up for surgery and a Laparoscopic Left Pyeloplasty was performed, where his narrow segment of ureter at the PUJ was removed & the normal ureter reconnected to the pelvis of the kidney over a Double 'J' Stent. The child was discharged home 2 days after the surgery & the stent was removed after 6 weeks. 3 months later, repeat USG showed significant reduction in the hydronephrosis (Fig 3) & 6 months later, repeat DTPA Renogram showed excellent relief of obstruction with improved function in the left kidney. The child remains well 2 years after surgery
Fig1: USG showing left hydronephrosis

Fig 2: DTPA Renogram showing left PUJ obstruction with reduced function of left kidney

Fig 3. Post operative USG shows significant reduction in hydronephrosis

Fig 4. Post operative DTPA shows improved drainage (no obstruction) & improved function of Left Kidney

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