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Hydronephrosis is not a disease, but rather a secondary condition of an underlying ailment. It affects the drainage of urine from the urinary system, which is made up of four parts -- the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. It occurs when the body is no longer able to effectively drain the urine due to a blockage in the system. As a result, urine flows back up the urinary tract and fills the kidneys.

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1. Who is Affected by Hydronephrosis?

Hydronephrosis can affect anyone, irrespective of ethnicity, age, or gender. However, according to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, one percent of all infants experience a version of the condition, called antenatal hydronephrosis, before they are born. The study also found men are two times more likely to develop it than women.

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