A retrospective study was carried out to determine the effect of ureteral intubation during renal transplantation. We noted urinary tract infections in 76 per cent of those patients whose ureters were intubated during transplantation, as opposed to 45 per cent in those transplant recipients without ureteral stents. The incidence of recurrent urinary tract infections also increased from 18 to 34 per cent with the use of ureteral catheters. Ten separate episodes of bacteremia, indirectly related to indwelling catheters, are noted.
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