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Is perinephric drainage essential after partial nephrectomy?

For years, the standard protocol when performing a partial nephrectomy has been to leave a drain for monitoring postoperative complications, such as urinary fistulae and hemorrhage. Contemporary literature is now suggesting that, in select cases, drain placement (with its associated morbidity) might be unnecessary.

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Clements, T., Raman, J. Is perinephric drainage essential after partial nephrectomy?. Nat Rev Urol 8, 594–595 (2011).

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