11th December 2019

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What is the purpose of a nephrostomy tube?

A nephrostomy tube is a thin plastic tube that is passed from the back, through the skin and then through the kidney, to the point where the urine collects. Its job is to temporarily drain the urine that is blocked. This allows the kidney to function properly and protects it from further damage.

What comes out of a nephrostomy tube?

It is put in through your skin and into your kidney to drain your urine (pee). You may need a nephrostomy tube when something is blocking your normal flow of urine. Urine from your kidney passes through tubes called ureters.
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