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The use of nephrostomy tubes in optimizing surgical conditions for a patient with xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis
Department of Urology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Aug  2020 (Vol.  27, Issue  4, Pages( 10342 - 10345)
PMID: 32861264


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  • Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis is a rare variant of pyelonephritis that often requires radical surgery. We report a case of a 51-year-old female patient who was managed with prolonged placement of nephrostomy tubes prior to surgery. This case illustrates the importance of surgical optimization of a poor operative candidate and the use of nephrostomy tubes as a temporizing management strategy.