Percutaneous treatment of urine leaks in renal transplantation patients

T. A.S. Matalon*, M. J. Thompson, S. K. Patel, M. V. Ramos, S. C. Jensik, F. K. Merkel

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The data on post-renal transplantation urine leaks in 23 patients were retrospectively reviewed to assess the role of percutaneous urine-diverting procedures in their treatment. The leaks were confirmed by means of antegrade pyelography, and either a nephrostomy catheter or a nephroureteral stent was placed. Nephrostography was performed frequently to evaluate leak closure. Urinary diversion was continued for an avergae of 68 days. Leak closure was documented in 20 of 23 (87%) cases. In four patients, concomitant infection or multiorgan failure precluded adequate therapy. One patient developed a ureteral stricture after the urine-diverting procedure and required surgical correction. The results suggest that percutaneous urine-diverting procedures are a definitive treatment for post-renal transplantation urine leaks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1049-1051
Number of pages3
Issue number3 II
StatePublished - 1990


  • Catheters and catheterization
  • genitourinary system, interventional procedure, 80.1299
  • kidney transplantation, 81.4559
  • kidney, interventional procedure, 813.1299
  • ureter, interventional procedure, 82.1299

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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