Unusual complication of percutaneous nephrostomy in a renal transplant recipient


CONTEXT: Ureteral obstruction, resulting in impaired graft function, is a well-known problem following renal transplantation. Management of ureteral complications includes percutaneous nephrostomy, which is considered to be a safe and effective measure. CASE REPORT: Here, we demonstrate a case of a 35-year old renal allograft recipient with primary graft function but stagnating serum creatinine following extraction of the double-J catheter. Ureteral stenosis was suspected by ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance tomography, and urinary flow was preserved with a percutaneous nephrostomy. However, early displacement of the percutaneous nephrostomy catheter resulted in distinct clinical discomfort. CT imaging suggested an intra-abdominal position of the catheter's tip, requiring immediate surgical action. CONCLUSION: The present case demonstrates that performing PCN following renal transplantation may have unexpected risks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationN Am J Med Sci
Number of pages3
Publication date2010
ISBN (Print)1947-2714
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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