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Tragedy of transition: hypertensive crisis in a young adult secondary to unilateral ureteropelvic junction obstruction following pyeloplasty as an adolescent
  1. Corey Toocheck,
  2. Tomas Guerrero
  1. Internal Medicine, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Corey Toocheck, toocheck.corey{at}, corey.toocheck{at}


A 25-year-old man with a history of left ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction that was corrected surgically at the age of 16 presented with a chief complaint of syncope. He was found to have severe hypertension with evidence of end organ damage on laboratory evaluation. His blood pressure was controlled with intravenous and oral antihypertensives with improvement in end organ dysfunction. Workup for secondary causes of hypertension implicated failed left-sided pyeloplasty with resultant hydronephrosis as the aetiology. The patient was transitioned to an oral antihypertensive regimen and discharged with urological surgery follow-up. Blood pressure control was maintained with oral antihypertensives and a low-salt diet; however, evidence of chronic kidney disease persisted. This case highlights the importance of close follow-up and adequate transition of care in patients with UPJ obstruction who transitioned to adulthood.

  • hypertension
  • renal medicine
  • urological surgery
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  • Contributors Both authors were responsible for writing and revising this manuscript. CT is the guarantor.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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