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Radiology. 1993 Sep;188(3):787-9.

Fluoroscopically guided percutaneous suprapubic cystostomy for long-term bladder drainage: an alternative to surgical cystostomy.

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Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.


Percutaneous large-bore suprapubic cystostomy catheters were placed under fluoroscopic guidance in 60 patients as an alternative to surgical cystostomy. Foley catheters (16-20 F) were placed in 57 of the patients in a one-stage procedure. Ten-French catheters were initially placed in three patients because of difficulty in dilating percutaneous tracks because of obesity (one patient) or dense scar tissue (two patients). Three weeks later, 18-F Foley catheters were placed in these three patients when mature tracks had developed, making dilation easier. Minor complications occurred in three patients, including superficial track bleeding in two and urosepsis in one. Fifteen patients were lost to follow-up. Suprapubic catheters provided excellent long-term drainage (range, 0.5-36 months; mean, 16 months; median, 18 months) in the remaining 45 patients. The authors conclude that percutaneous suprapubic catheter placement is a safe and effective procedure that provides excellent long-term bladder drainage.

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