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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 231

Authors reply on "Percutaneous nephrostomy under ultrasound guidance"

1 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Radiotherapy, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India

Date of Web Publication20-Jul-2012

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R K Aich
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.98788

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Karim R, Sengupta S, Samanta S, Aich R K, Das U, Deb P. Authors reply on "Percutaneous nephrostomy under ultrasound guidance". Indian J Nephrol 2012;22:231

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Karim R, Sengupta S, Samanta S, Aich R K, Das U, Deb P. Authors reply on "Percutaneous nephrostomy under ultrasound guidance". Indian J Nephrol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Jan 17];22:231. Available from:


'Percutaneous nephrostomy' [1],[2] is a very effective procedure to relieve upper urinary tract obstruction temporarily, but is seldom practiced. Baishya et al.[1] correctly pointed out the benefits of the procedure under ultrasound guidance, as also particularly the risk of long-term radiation to the health personnel. The observations of the authors and that of Baishya et al.[1] are essentially similar. The debate between the proponents of the freehand technique and attached guide technique is age-old. [3] In our opinion, the freehand technique proves better in needle visualization and correct placement of the catheter. The Malecot catheter might be a better alternative in certain situations, where there is a significant chance of catheter blockage e.g. presence of pus or blood clot in the obstructed calyx.

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1.Baishya RK, Dhawan DR, Jagtap J, Sabnis R, Desai MR. Percutaneous nephrostomy under ultrasound guidance. Indian J Nephrol 2011;21:131-2  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Karim R, Sengupta S, Samanta S, Aich RK, Das U, Deb P. Percutaneous nephrostomy by direct puncture technique: An observational study. Indian J Nephrol 2010;20:84-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
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3.Dodd GD, Head H. Biopsy, drainage and percutaneous treatment of a mass. In Ultrasonography in urology. 2 nd ed. I Bluth EI, editor. Thieme Medical Publishers, New York p . 156-64.  Back to cited text no. 3


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