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Percutaneous Nephrostomy | Overview

A percutaneous (through the skin) nephrostomy is a therapeutic procedure in which a catheter is placed through the skin into the fluid containing structures inside the kidney. We use ultrasound and x-ray to guide the placement of the catheter.

How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches primary placement of percutaneous nephrostomy

Our pediatric interventional radiologists (the doctors who do the procedure) are highly trained in the performance of invasive procedures on infants and children.

In addition to the interventional radiologist, your child will be cared for by a team of anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and technologists who specialize in caring for children undergoing interventional radiology procedures and treatments.

We perform percutaneous nephrostomy in our suite on the second floor of the hospital, which features three procedure rooms equipped with the latest imaging technology, a recovery area for patients who have received sedation or anesthesia and examining rooms for outpatient visits.

Frequently asked questions

What is a percutaneous nephrostomy?
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Is a percutaneous nephrostomy safe?
How do I learn the results of the percutaneous nephrostomy?

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Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston MA 02115

617-355-6579
fax: 617-730-0541

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