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Squamous cell carcinoma of skin due to prolonged indwelling percutaneous nephrostomy catheter
  1. Ashish Sharma,
  2. Vishwajeet Singh,
  3. Rahul Janak Sinha and
  4. Samarth Agarwal
  1. Department of Urology, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ashish Sharma, ashishuc343{at}


Percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) catheter placement is a commonly performed procedure in the urological practice for various indications like percutaneous nephrolithotomy, pyonephrosis, infected hydronephrosis and after failed attempt of ureteric stenting. The nephrostomy catheter is usually associated with low complication and morbidity rate, but prolonged indwelling nephrostomy tube may be hazardous in some cases. We hereby report a case of squamous cell carcinoma of skin around the PCN, which was attributed to chronic inflammation and persistent irritation from a long-term neglected indwelling nephrostomy catheter for last 3 years. The patient was managed with wide local excision of skin carcinoma and ureterocalicostomy for pelviureteric junction stricture. The authors report the first documented case with aforementioned presentation.

  • catheterisation / catheter care
  • surgical oncology
  • unwanted effects / adverse reactions
  • skin cancer
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  • AS and VS contributed equally.

  • Contributors AS and VS: concept, design, supervision, processing, writing the manuscript and critical analysis. RJS and SA: supervision, processing, writing the manuscript and critical analysis.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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