Use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound to Assess and Guide Renal Stent Repositioning in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2019 May;35(5):382-384. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001767.


Point-of-care ultrasound can be used as an assessment tool during the evaluation of children with renal colic. We discuss the case of a 7-year-old girl presenting to the pediatric emergency department with left flank pain, vomiting, and urinary incontinence status post-left renal stent placement. Renal ultrasound revealed ureteral obstruction caused by renal stent displacement. Point-of-care ultrasound performed by pediatric emergency department physicians was used to assess renal stent location, repositioning, and confirmation of the new location by the urology team. We discuss the role of transabdominal point-of-care ultrasound for the evaluation and treatment of the symptomatic child with recent ureter stent placement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Foreign-Body Migration / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign-Body Migration / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Renal Colic / diagnostic imaging*
  • Renal Colic / surgery*
  • Reoperation
  • Stents / adverse effects*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*
  • Ureteral Obstruction / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ureteral Obstruction / surgery*