Percutaneous nephrostomy drainage in the treatment of severe hemorrhagic cystitis

A. Sneiders, J. L. Pryor

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We report on 2 patients who underwent urinary diversion with bilateral percutaneous nephrostomy tube drainage for intractable hemorrhagic cystitis. Both patients received cyclophosphamide-based chemotherapy and 1 also underwent pelvic irradiation for locally advanced prostate adenocarcinoma. In each case the bleeding gradually ceased during a 1-week period. Both patients were alive at 6 months and were voiding spontaneously. We propose that the mechanism of treatment involves diverting endogenous urokinase as well as avoiding overdistention of the bladder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)966-967
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • bladder
  • cystitis
  • hematuria
  • nephrostomy, percutaneous


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