Prevalence and Etiologies of Obstructive Renal Failure in the Nephrology Department of the University Hospital Center of Point G, Bamako, Mali


Introduction: Obstructive renal failure (ORF) or obstructive uropathy is defined by the simultaneous presence of impaired renal function and urinary excretory tract dilatation on medical imaging. It accounts for 2% to 10% of the causes of acute renal failure (ARF). Objective: To determine the prevalence and etiologies of ORF in the nephrology department of the University Hospital Center of Point G. Methodology: This was a descriptive study with retrospective data collection conducted from January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. All patients hospitalized with renal failure due to urinary tract obstruction were included. The parameters studied were age, gender, etiology, type of renal impairment, procedures performed, surgical outcomes of the procedure, pre-and post-management creatinine levels. Information on these clinical and paraclinical variables was collected from individual hospitalization and patient follow-up records. Results: Among 1133 patients, 83 had obstructive renal failure, a prevalence of 7.32%. The sex ratio was 1.86. The mean age was 48.99 ± 6.81 years with extremes of 7 and 102 years. Signs suggestive of lower urinary tract obstruction were, in order of frequency: dysuria (50.6%), urinary burns (44.6%), urinary frequency (44.6%), pollakiuria (44.6%), macroscopic hematuria (25.3%), low back pain (21.6%), total anuria (18.1%). The etiologies were dominated by lithiasis 36 cases (43.4%), tumours 32 cases (38.55%) followed by sequelae of bilharziasis 12 cases (14.50%). Conclusion: Obstructive renal failure is becoming more and more common. The etiology is essentially of lithiasic and tumor origin. It must be treated early to allow total or partial recovery of renal function.

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Sy, S. , Samaké, M. , Coulibaly, M. , Diallo, M. , Kodio, A. , Yattara, H. , Coulibaly, A. , Fofana, A. , Diallo, D. , Coulibaly, S. , Sidibé, M. , Tangara, M. , Touré, A. and Fongoro, S. (2020) Prevalence and Etiologies of Obstructive Renal Failure in the Nephrology Department of the University Hospital Center of Point G, Bamako, Mali. Open Journal of Nephrology, 10, 187-198. doi: 10.4236/ojneph.2020.103018.

1. Introduction

Obstructive renal failure is defined as acute or chronic obstruction of the urinary tract, occurring bilaterally or in a single anatomical or functional kidney. This type of renal failure is called post-renal, because its etiology is downstream of the kidneys. It accounts for 2% to 10% of the causes of ARF. [1]. Early removal of the obstacle conditions its reversibility [1]. Their severity lies in the reduced capacity of the kidneys to ensure their sodium excretion functions leading to the risk of hydrosodium overload on the one hand and acute pulmonary oedema on the other hand with the risk of threatening hyperkalaemia. Their diagnostic and therapeutic management has been improved by advances in imaging and endo-urology. However, this form of renal failure continues to pose many problems in facilities with limited technical facilities, more so than in developing countries [2].

The aim of this work was to determine the prevalence and etiologies of obstructive renal failure in the nephrology department of the UHC of Point G.

2. Patients and Methods

This was a descriptive retrospective data collection study of patients managed for obstructive kidney disease in the Nephrology Department of Point G University Hospital from January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 (16 months). Patients were included in this study without distinction of sex, age or nationality, hospitalized for renal failure whose cause is an obstacle in the urinary tract and having a medical record including clinical variables, paraclinical variables, procedures performed, surgical results, creatinine levels before and after drainage.

Clinical variables sought included dysuria, anuria, acute urine retention, bladder globe, low back pain, macroscopic hematuria. Abdominal pelvic ultrasound, uroscanner or abdominal-pelvic CT scan looked for hydronephrosis, uretero-hydronephrosis or causes of obstruction such as lithiasis, tumours of the bladder or prostate, sequelae of bilharzia or extra-renal tumours, among others. Information on these clinical and paraclinical variables was collected from individual hospitalization and patient follow-up records.

3. Definition Criteria Used

➢ Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as the chronic (>3 months) and irreversible decrease in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) < 60 ml/min/1.73m2 [3]. Chronicity was selected in front of:

 A history of previous pathologic creatinine or the existence of hematuria and/or proteinuria for at least 3 months;

 On ultrasound, small kidneys (<10 cm), poorly differentiated;

 An aregenerative normocytic normocytic anemia;

 Hypocalcemia associated with hyperphosphatemia.

➢ Definition of acute renal failure (Table 1):

The obstructive nature of renal failure was retained by the presence of an obstacle in the urinary tract either on clinical examination (anuria, bladder goblet, urine retention, dysuria, lumbar pain, macroscopic hematuria, urinary frequency or burns) or on medical imaging (hydronephrosis or ureterohydronephrosis, lithiasis, tumour) and/or improvement in renal function after removal of the obstacle.

The evolution was considered favourable if there was an improvement in renal function.

Strict adherence to the anonymity of each patient’s medical record was observed.

Data entry and analysis were carried out with the SPSS 20 software (French version). The statistical test used was the Pearson Chi2 with a significant value P < 0.05.

4. Results

During the study period, 1133 patients were admitted for renal failure, including 83 cases of obstructive renal failure, i.e. a prevalence of 7.32%. The sample was composed of 29 women (34.9%) and 54 men (65.1%), i.e. a sex ratio of 1.86. The mean age was 48.99 ± 6.81 years with extremes of 7 and 102 years. Patients aged 40 years and over accounted for 71.1% of cases. The age range 40 - 60 years accounted for 47% of cases. The uro-nephrological history suggestive of lower urinary tract obstruction was in order of frequency: dysuria (50.6%), urinary burns (44.6%), pollakiuria (44.6%), macroscopic hematuria (25.3%), renal colic

Table 1. KDIGO (Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcome 2012) universal definition of acute renal failure [4].

*We used the creatinine criterion in this study.

(9.6%), anuria (9.6%) and acute urinary retention (8.4%). The reason for hospitalization was hypercreatininemia (97.6%) associated with dysuria (49.4%), macroscopic hematuria (25.3%), low back pain (21.6%), total anuria (18.1%). The functional and physical signs related to the uremic syndrome were asthenia (81.9%), vomiting (74.4%), anorexia (66.3%) and hypertension (49.5%) (Cf. Figure 1 and Figure 2). At the paraclinical level, ultrasonography of the urinary tree in all our patients showed hydronephrosis and ureterohydronephrosis in 61.5% and 38.5% of cases respectively (Cf. Table 2, Figure 3). The abdominal-pelvic CT scan performed in 42 patients showed bilateral ureterohydronephrosis in 50% of cases (Cf. Table 3, Figures 4-6). Table 4 summarizes the different causes found on abdominal-pelvic ultrasonography. Ureteral ureteral lithiasis and bilharzian sequelae were the most frequently found on CT with 23.53% each (Cf. Table 5).

The etiologies were dominated by lithiasis 36 cases i.e. 43.4% (ureteral: 29 cases (34.93%), bladder: 7 cases (8.4%)), tumours 32 cases i.e. 38.55% (BPH: 18 cases (21.8%), adenocarcinoma of the prostate: 6 cas (7.22%), bladder tumour: 3 cas (3.60%), cervical tumour: 3 cas (3.60%), kidney tumour: 2 cas (4.80%) followed by sequelae of bilharziasis 12 cas (14.50%).

Figure 1. Distribution according to functional signs.

Figure 2. Distribution according to physical signs.

(a) (b) (c)

Figure 3. Abdomino-pelvic ultrasound: homogeneous hypertrophy of the prostate (a) associated with localized thickening of the bladder wall in favor of bilharzia cystitis (b) with impact on the upper urinary tract (bilateral uretero-hydronephrosis) (c). (arrows).

Figure 4. Abdominal CT scan of right lateral pseudotumour thickening of the bladder with calcification areas (arrow).

Table 2. Distribution of patients by urinary tract ultrasound result (n = 83).

Figure 5. Abdominal CT scan suggestive of bilateral ureterohydronephrosis with calcifications of the ureteral walls (2) and stenosis of the uretero bladder junction bilaterally (1, 3) (arrow).

Table 3. Distribution of patients by CT scan result (n = 42).

Table 4. Distribution of patients by etiology of obstruction on abdominopelvic ultrasound (N = 83).

Figure 6. Abdominal CT scan: expansive process at the expense of the right renal cortex measuring 28 mm long axis (arrow).

Table 5. Distribution of patients by etiology of CT obstruction (n = 51).

Renal failure was acute and chronic in 17 cases (20.5%) and 45 cases (54.2%), respectively. The nature of the renal impairment was not specified in 25.3% of cases. The mean value of creatinine was 1284.087 µmol/l with extremes of 506 and 2063 µmol/l. The mean creatinine level increased from 1284.087 µmol/l at entry to 579.605 µmol/l at exit. Urinary tract infection was present in 59.7% of cases and the isolated germ was Escherichia Coli in 32.8% of cases. Proteinuria was less than 1 g/24hours in 55.17%, more than 1 g in 24.1%, while it was nil in 20.7% of cases.

Anemia was found in 92.40% of patients and was normocytic normochrome (54.43), microcytic hypochrome (6.33%) and normocytic hypochrome (3.79%).

Metabolic abnormalities were observed: dysnatremia (hyponatremia = 48.6% and hypernatremia = 10%), dyskalemia (hyperkalemia = 55.7%, hypokalemia = 4.3%). Hypocalcemia and hyperphosphatemia were present in 68.6% and 82.5% of patients respectively.

In our study, the surgical intervention consisted of cytolithotomy (31.6%), ureterolithotomy (21%), adenectomy (15.8%), uretero-vesical reimplantation (15.8%), pyelolithotomy (10.5%) (Cf. Figure 7). Antibiotic therapy was associated with surgical treatment in 72.3% of cases. Twenty-one point seven percent (21.7%) of patients were dialysis. The average length of hospital stay was 14.29 days.

The evolution was favourable in 59.04% (complete recovery in 17 cases (20.48%), partial recovery of renal function in 12 cases (14.46%) and 20 cases of transfer to other services (24.10%)). There were 30 cases (36.14%) of death and 4 patients lost to follow-up (4.82%).

5. Discussion

The ORF, once an uncommon or rather underestimated situation in the institution, has become relatively common nowadays. The prevalence of urinary obstruction is difficult to establish. This prevalence was 7.32% in our study. In Ouagadougou in 2011 and in Benin in 2017, obstructive kidney disease accounted for 17% and 34% of cases respectively [2] [5]. The male predominance was clear (65.1% vs 34.9%). Many authors have also reported this male predominance [5]. The average age is 49 years and 47% of the patients are between 40 and 60 years of age. Bennan. S in 1995, Ndoye in 2015 reported an average age of 48 years and 57.92 years respectively [6] [7]. In Benin, fifty-two percent (52%) were older than 50 years [5]. The mean observed creatinine level was 1284 µmol/l with extremes of 506 µmol/l and 2063 µmol/l at admission. Lower mean creatinine levels than ours were observed in Benin and Ivory Coast, 152 µmol/l and 548 µmol/l respectively [5] [8]. Renal failure was acute and chronic in 17 cases (20.5%) and 45 cases (54.2%) respectively. In 25.3% of the cases the trait was not specified. Hamadi found in a series of 62 patients treated for renal obstruction a 21% prevalence of chronic renal failure [9]. Acute obstructive renal

Figure 7. Breakdown by type of urological procedure. *Ureterolithotomy = uretero-vesical reimplantation + nephrolithotomy + double JJ probe placement. Others: JJ probe (n = 2), striping (n = 1), fistulography (n = 1), cervicoprostatic recess (n = 2).

failure is symptomatic and mainly manifests itself as pain [1]. In the majority of our patients, the clinical picture was dominated by signs suggestive of a uremic syndrome, namely asthenia (81.9%), vomiting (74.4%) and anorexia (66.3%). Signs suggestive of lower urinary tract obstruction were, in order of frequency: dysuria (50.6%), urinary burns (44.6%), urinary frequency (44.6%), pollakiuria (44.6%), macroscopic hematuria (25.3%), low back pain (21.6%), total anuria (18.1%). Similar proportions were reported in Ouagadougou and Cotonou [2] [10]. Mondet F et al. reported a prevalence of symptoms favouring upper urinary tract obstruction such as low back pain and renal colic at 25% [11]. In the case of bilateral obstruction, the symptomatology is that of obstructive anuria. In addition to acute bilateral pain, anuria is also present [12] [13]. Delayed diagnosis leads to hydroelectrolytic disorders that worsen the clinical picture and worsen the patient’s vital prognosis in the absence of urgent and appropriate management [14]. Major metabolic disorders found were hyperkalemia (55.7%), hyponatremia (48.6%), hypernatremia (10%) and hypokalemia (4.3%). The frequency of phosphocalcic disorders (hyperphosphatemia 82.5%) and hypocalcaemia (68.6%) is explained by the high rate of chronic renal failure in our study, i.e. 54.2%. Severe hyponatremia is most often the result of water overload with a risk of pulmonary oedema [2].

Renal ultrasonography, carried out as an emergency procedure, revealed dilatation of the upper excretory tract and sometimes the etiology. Dilatation of the upper excretory tract was observed in all our patients (100%). A dilatation rate of 74.5% and 92% was reported in Benin in 2015 and 2017 respectively [5] [10]. Although ultrasound is still the first-line examination in developing countries, it is increasingly being surpassed by CT, which in addition to dilatation allows visualization of the cause and study of renal parenchyma. In our study, the CT scan performed in 42 patients showed dilatation of the excretory tract in 90% of cases. Govani et al. reported 54% excretory tract dilatation diagnosed on first-line CT in their series [15].

The etiologies were dominated by lithiasis 36 cases or 43.4% (ureteral:29 cases (34.93%), bladder: 7 cases (8.4%)), tumours 32 cases or 38.55% (BPH:18 cases (21.8%), adenocarcinoma of the prostate: 6 cases (7.22%), bladder tumor: 3 cases (3.60%), cervical tumor: 3 cases (3.60%), kidney tumor: 2 cases (4.80%) followed by sequelae of bilharziasis 12 cases (14.50%) on ultrasound. The frequency of ureteral lithiasis, bilharzian calcifications, and benign hypertrophy was 28.6%, 28.6%, and 11.9% of cases on CT scan, respectively. In the literature upper urinary tract obstruction is dominated by lithiasis [12] [13] [14]. In a series of 247 cases of metastatic prostate cancer, Konan et al. reported 34.2% of the cases of renal failure [16]. In our study, there were 4.8% of prostate cancer cases. Indeed, some cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with hydronephrosis are not always accompanied by obstructive renal failure, while other cases of BPH without ureterohydronephrosis are complicated by renal failure [17].

Although there are recommendations from learned societies regarding the management of renal failure in general, none to our knowledge provide specific recommendations to guide clinical decision making in the specific case of obstructive AKI [1].

Despite this lack of recommendations, our patients received antibiotic therapy (72.3%), water intake (51.8%), urinary catheterization (38.6%), percutaneous nephrostomy (34.9%), antihypertensive treatment (32.5%), blood transfusion (32.50%) and urological surgery (22.9%). Twenty-two percent (22%) of patients received dialysis. In the presence of ARF, the KDIGOs recommend initiating emergency extrarenal dialysis when hydroelectrolytic complications or overload are life-threatening in the short term [4]. A double J ureteral endoprosthesis, a percutaneous nephrostomy catheter or the Detour system for extra-anastomotic internal urinary diversion should be used for a high barrier [18] [19]. The time to reversibility of the lesions is difficult to specify. Recovery would not be related to the extent of dilatation [20].

Wu believes that kidney function impaired by an obstruction never normalizes after surgical removal. The procedure relieves pain, prevents further deterioration and infection [21].

Limitations of the study: patients whose records were incomplete or even unusable due to lack of financial means to carry out radiological and biological explorations, return home against medical advice, non-consent of some but also the early occurrence of death during the study, contributed to significantly reduce the size of our sample.

6. Conclusion

Obstructive renal failure is becoming increasingly common. The etiology is essentially of lithiasis and tumour origin. It must be treated early to allow total or partial recovery of renal function.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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