A comparison of dusting versus basketing, the question of whether shock wave lithotripsy should be retired, and an expert interview on difficult stones were among the most-read Urology Times articles on stone disease in 2016. Here are the top 10 stone disease articles of 2016 from Urology Times:
Stone Disease: New AUA guide discusses SWL vs. URS
Other key stone disease/endourology topics from the 2016 AUA annual meeting included the use of aspirin in percutaneous nephrolithotomy patients as well as the continuing debate over the benefit of medical expulsive therapy. The stone disease/endourology take-home messages were presented by Jodi Antonelli, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. Read more
Shock wave lithotripsy: Down, but not out
The noninvasive option remains popular with patients despite ureteroscopy's superior outcomes. Read more
Dusting vs. basketing: Which method is better?
Researchers from the Endourology Disease Group for Excellence research consortium compared the techniques in 152 patients at several stone centers. Read more
Data reveal big changes in PCNL use in U.S.
Trends in percutaneous nephrolithotomy may reflect other stone treatment trends, study authors say. Read more
Smoking associated with greater risk of urolithiasis
Two-thirds of patients attending a urology clinic for the management of urolithiasis failed to meet physical activity guidelines. In addition, patients with recent symptomatic urolithiasis were significantly more likely to be current smokers than those without recent symptomatic urolithiasis, according to a study. Read more
Click here for an editorial on this study by Stephen Y. Nakada, MD.