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Dr. Aaron Shiloh
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Nephrostomy Tube (Overview)

A percutaneous nephrostomy is the placement of a small, flexible rubber catheter (tube) through your skin into your kidney to drain your urine. Percutaneous nephrostolithotomy (or nephrolithotomy) is the passing of a special medical instrument through your skin into your kidney. This is done to get rid of kidney stones.


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Hello my mum was nephrostomy because of breast cancer and her ureter obstacle so she is under chemioterapy . 2 days ago she did chemo I saw some white particles in her urin tub . Please help me .

Hello my mum was nephrostomy because of breast cancer and her ureter obstacle so she is under chemioterapy . 2 days ago she did chemo I saw some white particles in her urin tub . Please help me .

Probably normal: Quite common to see flecks of tissue in nephrostomy tube urine. Sorry your Mum is having chemo for breast cancer. If she is making normal amount of urine she should be ok. If she can, drink plenty of liquids. ...Read more

Dr. Aaron Shiloh
33 doctors shared insights

Nephrostomy Tube (Overview)

A percutaneous nephrostomy is the placement of a small, flexible rubber catheter (tube) through your skin into your kidney to drain your urine. Percutaneous nephrostolithotomy (or nephrolithotomy) is the passing of a special medical instrument through your skin into your kidney. This is done to get rid of kidney stones.


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How do I stop pain in my nephrostomy ?Tube?

How do I stop pain in my nephrostomy ?Tube?

Good question: Good question without a clear answer without knowing more about the reason the tube is in, how long it's been in, and the particular access. Also, if the pain is "new" the tube may simply be slightly dislodged and needs to be repositioned. You should consult with the ir doctor who put it in. ...Read more

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What are some things I must know about a nephrostomy tube?

What are some things I must know about a nephrostomy tube?

Be aware of blockage: Nephrostomy tube ia a tube that goes through the skin and into the kidney for purposes of draining a kidney that has a blocked drainage tract. It is important that the nephrostomy tube be able to freely drain. Be sure that he tube is not kinked. Be sure that the tube is not pulled too hard or it can dislodge from the kidney. The tube can clog from blood, mucous, stones or debris. ...Read more

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What complications could I have if I get a nephrostomy tube?

Infection and pain: Nephrostomy tubes are used to allow drainage of urine from the kidney if there is an obstruction preventing urine from draining through the ureters and bladder. The main risks of a nephrostomy tube are bleeding from the procedure, infection and pain where the tube sits. An alternative may be a ureteral stent. The pros & cons should be discussed with your OB and urologist. ...Read more

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I was intimate with my husband and I have a nephrostomy tube, how can I tell if it has been dislodged?

Nephrostomy: If your nephrostomy usually drains to a bag, it will stop draining if it is dislodged. If the tube is capped, only imaging can determine whether the tube is dislodged or not. ...Read more

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I just got a nephrostomy tube put in yesterday. There is now white flake/string like stuff floating around in the bag (not a lot). Is that normal?

Here are some ...: What you saw in the bag could be "normally" expected as long as urine is draining and you're comfortable & afebrile but soreness from the procedures. For more details, ask your treating Doc timely. ...Read more

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What happens during nephrostomy tube insertion?

What happens during nephrostomy tube insertion?

Several steps.: Nephrostomy tubes are most often placed by interventional radiologists (ir). First, you may receive a mild sedative. Ir uses fluoroscopes to find the kidney. The skin at the site of the tube is numbed with local anesthetic. A needle is placed through the skin and into the kidney's urinary space. A wire is guided into the kidney, the needle removed, and then the nephrostomy tube is deployed. ...Read more

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Why might someone need a percutaneous nephrostomy tube?

Why might someone need a percutaneous nephrostomy tube?

Nephrostomy tube: A percutaneous nephrostomy tube is indicated to drain an obstructed kidney. Decision to place a nephrostomy tube is usually selected when placement of a ureteral stent bridging the ureteral obstruction is not possible and / or one wants to minimize urine draining into the bladder. Another reason for a nephrostomy tube is to provide access to treat a very large kidney stone. www.peedoc.com @drhtay. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent problems from a nephrostomy tube?

What can I do to prevent problems from a nephrostomy tube?

Nephrons tony tube : Flushing the tube w 10 cc sterile 0.9% Normal Saline daily will reduce blockage. Changing your nephrostomy tube as scheduled (usually 2-3 mth). Cleaning the site with some peroxide and applying some antibiotic ointment. Make sure tubing has enough slack so it doesn't kink. Increase fluid intake (if ok w your doctor). ...Read more

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What is the procedure for removal of a percutaneous nephrostomy tube?

Very simple: Generally the procedure is simple and painless. The doctor will usually cut the catheter on the outside of the body. Once that is done, the locking loop on the inside is "unlocked" which allows the tube to slide right out. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Nephrostomy (Definition)

An opening created through skin going to kidney so the urine can be drained when there is blockage and urine can pass normally. ...Read more