63 Nephrostomy Catheter Placement


Clinical Presentation

A 40-year-old male with a history of colorectal carcinoma and obstructive uropathy secondary to pelvic mass, status post cystoscopy and bilateral placement of ureteral stents 2 months prior, presented to us with fatigue and elevated serum creatinine.


Figure 63-1 A 40-year-old male with colorectal cancer, status post internal ureteral stents placement for hydronephrosis secondary to obstruction, presented with fatigue and an elevated creatinine level. Ultrasound examination of the kidneys showed bilateral hydronephrosis. (A) Right kidney. (B) Left kidney. Arrows show the dilated posterior calyces suitable for punctures. CT scans show kidneys with dilated collecting systems (arrows) at the level of the (C) mid-left kidney and (D) right kidney.

Radiologic Studies

An initial ultrasound examination showed hydronephrosis bilaterally (Fig. 63-1), despite the presence of internal ureteral stents. CT examination confirmed the ultrasound findings.


Figure 63-1 (E) During percutaneous nephrostomy, a posterior calyx of the right kidney was punctured (arrow) and injection of contrast demonstrated marked hydronephrosis. The preexisting internal ureteral stent was present (open arrow). (F) Bilateral nephrostomy catheters were placed (arrows) and bilateral ureteral stents were present (open arrows). Dashed arrow shows the entry of the catheter into a posterior calyx.


Clogged ureteral stents.


At cystoscopy, bladder invasion by tumor was found, and the internal ureteral stents were not able to be changed.


Accustick set (Boston Scientific, Natick, Massachusetts)

0.035” guidewires (hydrophilic, superstiff, conventional)

7- and 9F dilators

8F nephrostomy catheter

Contrast material


Percutaneous Nephrostomy

Preprocedural antibiotics (1 g cephazolin) were administered. The patient was placed on the fluoroscopy table in the prone position. The flanks were prepped and draped in sterile fashion. Sedation was achieved with intravenous fentanyl and versed. One percent lidocaine was used as local anesthesia at the puncture site. The puncture site was determined by ultrasound examination. In general, the shortest path to the kidney is chosen, which is usually slightly lateral to the lumbar musculature of the flank. A posterior calyx was identified and punctured with a 22-gauge needle. Urine was aspirated and sent for Gram stains and culture and sensitivity. A small amount of contrast was injected and a nephrostogram was obtained. The nephrostogram confirmed the posterior location of the calyx of entry and also showed hydronephrosis and hydroureter. A 0.018″ wire was advanced through the needle. Transitional dilators were introduced into the collecting system of the kidney, and a 0.035″ wire was introduced into the renal collecting system down to the ureter. Serial dilatation was performed with 7- and 9-French (F) dilators over the wire. An 8F multiside-hole pigtail catheter was advanced into the renal collecting system, and the wire was withdrawn. The pigtail loop of the catheter was formed and locked. The catheter was secured to the skin and left to gravity drainage.

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Jan 8, 2016 | Posted by in INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY | Comments Off on 63 Nephrostomy Catheter Placement
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Table 63-1 Indications for Percuteneous Renal Access