The supracostal approach for percutaneous nephrostolithotomy

M. J. Forsyth, E. F. Fuchs

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Sixty-nine patients underwent percutaneous nephrostolithotomy or ultrasonic lithotripsy through a nephrostomy tract placed over the 12th rib. All procedures were accomplished as a single stage in a standard operating room with patients under general anesthesia. With the exception of a single failed access the targeted calculus was removed in all instances. There were no episodes of postoperative pneumothorax or hydrothorax. One patient suffered delayed postoperative pneumonia and another patient had a delayed pleural effusion. The supracostal approach for percutaneous nephrostolithotomy is an important and safe modification of the traditional percutaneous approach to the kidney for an endourological procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-198
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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