French all-purpose drainage catheter with locking pigtail

Case contributed by Kevan English
Diagnosis certain


Right upper quadrant pain and fever in a patient with a right perihepatic abscess.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Mild patient rotation.

No suspicious destructive osseous lesions.

Catheter tubing projects over the right upper quadrant.

Case Discussion

All-purpose drainage catheters with locking pigtails, or APDL catheters, consist of a single tube with drainage holes at the distal end and a hub near the proximal end. The catheters are inserted using percutaneous access to drain fluid collections in various body cavities. CT-guided percutaneous drainage was performed in this patient with a perihepatic abscess using an 8 French APDL catheter.

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