Essay: Drainage Patterns 'O' Reilly curves

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Type 1 ‘ Normal
Normal uptake with prompt washout. Rapid rise in curve, peaks at 2-5 minutes, with a normal rapid washout (curve falls quickly).
Type 2 ‘ Obstructed
Rising uptake curve, no response to diuretic ie curve continues to rise (obstruction). Anything but an exponentially falling curve could be considered evidence of obstruction. Beware false positive ‘ dehydration, poor renal function, massive dilatation, bladder effect.
Type 3a ‘ Hypotonic
An initially rising curve which falls rapidly in response to diuretic (non-obstructive dilatation) Dilatation result of stasis rather than obstruction.
Type 3b ‘ Equivocal
An initially rising curve which neither falls promptly following injection of diuretic nor continues to rise.
Type 4 ‘ Delayed compensation (Homsy)
Delayed double peak. The initial washout due to the diuretic is good but the curve flattens or even rises. Flow rate too high for system and obstructs. (Intermittent obstruction)

Antegrade pyelography:
In equivocal cases, antegrade pyelography allows examination of the flow of contrast through the PUJ after puncture of the collecting system. This allows the performance of antegrade studies that will help define the nature and exact anatomic site of obstruction. It also allows decompression of the system in patients with associated infection or compromised renal function and allows assessment of recoverability of renal function after decompression. When there remains some doubt as to the clinical significance of a dilated collecting system, placement of a percutaneous nephrostomy tube allows access for dynamic pressure perfusion studies. First described by Whitaker in 1973, the renal pelvis is continuously perfused at 10 mL/ min with normal saline solution or dilute radiographic contrast solution under fluoroscopic control. Renal pelvic pressure is monitored during the infusion, and the pressure gradient across the UPJ is determined. During the infusion, the bladder is continuously drained with an indwelling catheter to prevent transmission of intravesical pressures. Renal pelvic pressure ranging up to 12 to 15 cm H2O during this infusion suggests a nonobstructed system. In contrast, pressures in excess of 15 to 22 cm H2O are highly suggestive of a functional obstruction.28

Retrograde ureteropyelography
Is occasionally used to elucidate uterine anatomy. It may differentiate between PUJ and VUJ anomalies if this was equivocal on pre-operative imaging studies. In most cases, this study is performed at the time of the planned operative intervention to avoid the risk of introducing infection in the face of obstruction.

Indication for treatment
Indications for intervention for congenital UPJO include presence of symptoms associated with obstruction, impairment of overall renal function or progressive impairment of ipsilateral function, development of complication in the form of infection, stones or rarely development of hypertension.29 Primary goal of intervention is relief of symptoms along with preservation or improvement of renal function. Traditionally, such intervention should be a reconstructive procedure aimed at restoring non-obstructed urinary flow.

Active urinary tract infection should be excluded before surgery. Appropriate antibiotics should be started, and a negative culture should be obtained preoperatively.

Open Pyeloplasty
Open pyeloplasty in literature has been described with a number of incisions

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