Relief of Organ Obstruction
Many cancers can grow to the point where they obstruct the normal flow of urine or bile, causing these fluids to build up in the body. Without treatment, such obstructions can cause not only pain, but infection or even liver or kidney failure. Interventional Radiologists at Beacon Hospital Dublin can insert an X-ray-guided catheter into the obstructed area to drain excess fluids. They may also insert a stent – a tiny wire mesh tube – into the organ to bypass the obstruction and permit fluids to drain normally. This is important in cases of palliative care.
Small mesh cylinders called stents are used to open obstructed organs and allow fluids such as urine and bile to drain.