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How is a percutaneous nephrolithotomy done?

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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