Percutaneous Nephrostomy

What is percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN)?

Percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) is a medical procedure that involves the placement of a small, flexible rubber tube or catheter through the skin into the kidney to drain the urin...

How does it help?

The procedure helps in decompressing any ureteral obstruction in the renal collection system, which affects the normal flow of urine in human anatomy. PCN is a clinical interven...

How is it done?

What are the benefit and risks of this procedure?

The surgery has revolutionised medical procedures, but as any other surgery, it has a few risks associated with it, which a patient must be aware of.

The advantages of the procedure are:

  • Improves the flow of urine.
  • Relieves the pain occurring because of kidney stones.
  • The imaging system helps in assessing the correct size of the kidney stone.
  • Prevents any damage or infection ...

The risks associated with this procedure are:

  • Bowel injury and peritonitis.
  • Reaction to anaesthesia.
  • Bleeding.
  • Urine leak.
  • Pneumothorax.

The major limitation of this procedure is displacement of the catheter.

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