Post-percutaneous nephrolithotomy drainage

Michelle Jo Semins, Brian R. Matlaga

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Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) was established as a reliable treatment of large stone burden several decades ago. PCNL technique continues to evolve, with consistent goals of decreasing morbidity and maximizing efficiency and cost-effectiveness. One key aspect of PCNL that has been the subject of debate and investigation is the method of postprocedure drainage. In the chapter to follow we review these modifications including tube size and type, tubeless with various types of internal drainage, and the totally tubeless PCNL. We conclude with a summary of the hemostatic agents used in the PCNL tract instead of external drainage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurgical Management of Urolithiasis
Subtitle of host publicationPercutaneous, Shockwave and Ureteroscopy
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781461469377
ISBN (Print)1461469368, 9781461469360
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Semins, M. J., & Matlaga, B. R. (2014). Post-percutaneous nephrolithotomy drainage. In Surgical Management of Urolithiasis: Percutaneous, Shockwave and Ureteroscopy (pp. 47-59). Springer New York.