Clinical use of low-profile cystostomy tubes in four dogs and a cat. Academic Article uri icon


  • Traditional cystostomy tubes (used for temporary or permanent diversion of urine in dogs and cats) are long (> or = 22 cm) and cumbersome to stabilize, requiring sutures or bandages to hold the tube against the body. Use of a low-profile gastrostomy port system as a low-profile cystostomy tube (LPCT) in 4 dogs and a cat was investigated; owner satisfaction with the device was assessed. Technical difficulty associated with placement and management of LPCTs was similar to that for traditional cystostomy tubes; with LPCTs, activity and mobility of pets was not compromised, and bandaging was not required. Complications included lower urinary tract infection, mild peristomal leakage of urine and leakage from components of the system, and subcutaneous peristomal infection. Four of 5 owners considered the tube to be easy to use; all owners said they would be comfortable repeating their decision to use the LPCT in their pet.

published proceedings

  • J Am Vet Med Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Stiffler, K. S., McCrackin Stevenson, M. A., Cornell, K. K., Glerum, L. E., Smith, J. D., Miller, N. A., & Rawlings, C. A.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Stiffler, Kevin S||McCrackin Stevenson, MA||Cornell, Karen K||Glerum, Leigh E||Smith, Julie D||Miller, Nathan A||Rawlings, Clarence A

publication date

  • August 2003