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Perirenal air insufflation has proved itself to be of great value m the differential diagnosis of all retroperitoneal lesions in and about the kidney. Its use permits us to draw conclusions concerning the local spread and operability of renal tumors hitherto not possible. The technic is not difficult and can be mastered quite promptly especially by the urologist who is thoroughly acquainted with this part of the human anatomy. Complications are infrequent and of minor degree if ordinary care is taken. We present a consecutive series of 175 cases of perirenal air injection without serious mishap. In all instances added valuable information was obtained. We believe that the urologist need not hesitate to employ this procedure in the indicated case, although we advise against its indiscriminate use. No elaborate or expensive equipment is required.
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