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Percutaneous nephrostomy is a procedure to insert a flexible tube into the kidney. This is done to help urine leave the body when it cannot leave the kidney in the normal way. Urine is supposed to be carried from the kidneys to the bladder through narrow tubes called ureters. But a ureter can become blocked. This may be because of kidney stones, an infection, a blood clot, or an abnormal growth of cells (tumor).
After the procedure, the nephrostomy tube will stay in place. Urine will drain from the kidney into a bag outside your body. This will help relieve pressure and prevent infection that could damage the kidney.
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If you do not follow your health care provider's instructions, your procedure may be delayed or canceled.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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