Nephrostomy (nephrostomy catheter, nephrostomy drainage, PNNS, renal catheter) is a hollow tube that is installed at one end into the renal pelvis to collect and divert urine, and at the other end is attached to a urinal bag to collect urine. The nephrostomy goes through the skin, so it may also be called a percutaneous drain or PNES. The nephrostomy is installed by a urologist in the operating room under anesthesia. Nephrostomy drainage is installed on one or both sides, depending on the damage to the kidneys and the existing pathologies. Urine flows into a special urinal bag, which is attached to the patient's leg or hung near the bed (in the case of bedridden patients).
In some cases, patients with urological pathology are assigned to install a nephrostomy or nephrostomy drainage. This is due to the impossibility of diverting urine from the kidney in a natural way, for example, due to narrowing of the ureter, urolithiasis, inflammatory processes, often after surgery on the organs of the urinary system. Let's take a look at what a nephrostomy is and how to live with it.
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Try not to "pull" it out. With careless movement, jerk, active physical activity, you can accidentally remove it. In this case, immediately consult a doctor and in no case try to return it to its place on your own! Also, carefully monitor elderly patients or people with mental disorders, inadvertently they may try to remove the nephrostomy on their own.
In what cases should you immediately consult a doctor?
- With a sudden increase in temperature up to 38 C.
-Pain in the side.
- Redness, swelling of the skin and its soreness around the nephrostomy.
- Discharge of pus or blood from the nephrostomy.
- In the presence of blood in the urine (urine becomes pink, reddish or burgundy).
- In case you are unable to flush the catheter on your own.
- In case of catheter malfunction.
- In case the drainage catheter fell out or you accidentally pulled it out. Never try to put it back on yourself!
Immediately contact the emergency department of the health facility or call an ambulance. The hole must be sealed with a bandage. The sooner you contact a specialist, the lower the risk of infection and the easier the process of installing a new nephrostomy catheter.
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