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A genitourinary intervention is an interventional radiology procedure that may be performed if your child has a blockage in his or her urinary tract. A blockage in the urinary tract can make it difficult for urine to pass from the kidneys to the bladder. If your child is unable to urinate due to a blockage in his or her urinary tract, an interventional radiologist can place a tube through the skin to drain the urine.
The most common types of genitourinary interventions are:
Interventional radiology techniques allow placement of genitourinary tubes and stents through a tiny incision. The interventional radiologist uses live imaging (X-ray or ultrasound) to precisely guide the tube or stent to the correct location.
You can expect the following during a genitourinary intervention:
If your child has a nephrostomy tube, a nurse will show you how to care for the tube. If your child has a nephrostomy or suprapubic tube, he or she must visit the doctor every three months to have it exchanged for a new one. This is a simple procedure that may not require sedation. The procedure allows the doctor to examine the site of the tube and reduces the chance of clogging or infection.
Sometimes a child has bleeding where the nephrostomy or suprapubic tube comes out of the body. Rarely, infection can happen or a child may be allergic to the contrast dye used during the procedure. With a nephrostomy or suprapubic tube, there is a small risk of damage to the kidney or bladder. Speak with your child's doctor to learn more about the risks associated with this procedure.
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