Rapid nephrostomy tube placement using a CT-guided, non-fluoroscopic, single stick technique

M. E. Bohlman, R. Khazan, A. Sufi, F. Regan

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Objective: To evaluate our experience with CT-guided, non-fluoroscopic, percutaneous nephrostomy tube (PNT) placement. Materials and Methods: Thirty-six obstructed kidneys in 35 patients with a variety of pathologies were drained using a CT-guided, single stick PNT placement technique. Time taken to perform the procedure was noted. Post-procedure CT scans and patients' charts were reviewed for complications. Results: Thirty-five out of 36 (97%) obstructed systems were successfully decompressed with an average procedure time of 19 min (range 7-50 min). There was no complication requiring surgical intervention. There were three (8%) complications requiring conservative management only. Conclusion: CT-guided single stick PNT placement without fluoroscopic guidance is an effective and safe method of decompressing obstructed kidneys. This technique is particularly valuable in those patients with sepsis and hydronephrosis where urgent decompression is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Interventional Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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