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what is percutaneous nephrolithotomy?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Via tube in kidney: Placement of nephrostomy tube through flank into kidney. Then passing a nephroscope (operating telescope for kidneys) through nephrostomy tube and breaking up or pulverizing kidney stone mechanically, by laser or ultrasound by a probe through the nephroscope. Procedure is performed under direct observation via a camera attached to the nephroscope telescope.
Answered on Jan 8, 2014

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