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Pediatric Nephrostomy Tube

One major function of the kidney is to filter blood and produce urine. Urine flows from the kidneys to the urinary bladder via a small tube called the ureter. Sometimes the normal flow of urine becomes obstructed due to stones, congenital abnormalities, abdominal and pelvis masses, or trauma. This obstruction to the flow of urine can lead to infection and loss of kidney function.

By utilizing a multidisciplinary approach in conjunction with experts in Interventional RadiologyUrology and Nephrology at Children's National Hospital, we formulate a treatment plan to preserve kidney function. This plan may require percutaneous nephrostomy tube placement, a small tube placed through the skin of the lower back into the kidney under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. Urine will then drain into a small bag external to the patient. A nephrostomy tube may be in place for days, weeks or months. The decision to remove the nephrostomy tube is also made after consulting with these teams.



Interventional Radiology

Children’s National interventional radiologists perform a full range of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both diagnose and treat disease in infants, children, and adolescents.