nephrourerteral stent (drains externally) vs ureteral (internal catheter)

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Could you please review the following and determine if this is an externally draining stent vs. an all internal stent? Our docs are calling this a nephroureteral stent but there is no mention of the external drainage. "Thereafter, a 0.035 Glidewire was advanced down the ureter. A Kumpe catheter was advanced over the Glidewire, and this was then directed into the bladder beyond the UVJ obstruction. The wire was then exchanged for an Amplatz stiff wire. Over this Amplatz stiff wire, the tract was dilated. Finally, the 8.5 Fr nephroureteral stent was placed with appropriate formation of the pigtail catheter in the renal pelvis and bladder. This was confirmed with contrast injection."

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