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Flank bulge following subcostal percutaneous nephrolithotomy

Authors Chakraborty JN, Deb A

Received 10 May 2018

Accepted for publication 18 October 2018

Published 13 November 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 195—197


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Jan Colli

Joy Narayan Chakraborty,1 Arup Deb2
1Department of Urology, Apollo Hospitals, Guwahati, India; 2Department of Surgery, Apollo Hospitals, Guwahati, India
Abstract: Loss of tone of the anterolateral abdominal wall muscles due to denervation injury is quite common after open renal surgery by lumbotomy incision. Although rare, flank bulge following percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) after supracostal approach has been reported in literature. But pseudohernia after PCNL with subcostal access has not been reported yet. In this case report, we present the rare complication of an abdominal wall bulge that occurred after PCNL with a subcostal access. The index case had been operated for a partial staghorn calculus with lower calyceal extension. PCNL with subcostal approach was used. Complete stone-free status was achieved with an uneventful recovery. During the first follow-up after 1 week, an unsightly, painless flank bulge was noticed, which continued to persist till 9 months of periodic follow-up. 
Keywords: flank bulge, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, subcostal access, pseudohernia

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