Problems with Adults Following Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Nephrostomy. A retrospective study

Original Article


  • Waqas .
  • Akhtar Nawaz
  • Siddique Akbar
  • Sardar Alam
  • Ikram Anzanda



Background: Obstructive uropathy, which represents 10% of acute renal failure, calls for effective remedies. Percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) is increasingly used in the treatment of obstructions in the renal collecting system. This Institute of Kidney Diseases study from the city of Peshawar in Pakistan now remedies a lack of knowledge in adult PCN guided by ultrasonography.

Objectives: With this retrospective survey we wanted to know which patients are suitable candidates for PCN; what is the success rate; and how often complications arise using PCN that is guided by the use of ultrasound technology.

Methods: We did a retrospective analysis in the Institute of Kidney Diseases, Peshawar, of those persons who had ultrasound-guided PCN for obstructive uropathy from January 5, 2022 to December 31, 2023. Data were from the Department of Urology registrations and HIS Records. Subjects must be over 16 years old. Exclusion criteria were incomplete records, pregnancy, and non-obstructive uropathy indications: those things should not have made it into the sample!IBM SPSS was used to do data analysis.

Results: There were 851 patients included in the study; the average age was 38.50 ± 14.78 years. Successful PCN installs were achieved in 96.1% of cases, 67 patients had to go through multiple trials. Complications occurred in 18.9% of cases, mostly mild (17.6%), occasionally severe (1%) headaches. The most common complications were macroscopic hematuria (6.9%), PCN dislodgment (1.9%), and block the tube (1.8%). Statistical analysis showed associations between complications and demographic factors, such as age, gender, number of attempts.

Conclusion: Ultrasound-guided percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) is safe and effective in the treatment of obstructive uropathy. These findings contribute to improving treatment protocols and procedural guidelines at the Institute of Kidney Diseases, Peshawar, with urinary stones as the main etiology.




How to Cite

., W., Nawaz, A., Akbar, S., Alam, S., & Anzanda, I. (2024). Problems with Adults Following Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Nephrostomy. A retrospective study: Original Article . Pakistan Journal of Urology (PJU), 1(02), 56–59.