Video: Ultrasonic propulsion of kidney stonesDecember 21st 2018
The development of an ultrasonic stone propulsion system marks a significant advance in the treatment of kidney stones. This video explains how the system, which is still in development, is used to facilitate stone passage.
Tolterodine pretreatment does not improve stent symptomsDecember 20th 2018
Pretreatment for 14 days with tolterodine (Detrol) and Tamsulosin (Flomax) did not appear to relieve ureteral stent symptoms better than tamsulosin alone as measured by the validated Ureteral Stent Symptom Questionnaire, say the authors of a recent study.
Stone surgery: Should outcome target change?December 17th 2018
Results of a study evaluating health-related quality of life in patients surgically treated for kidney stones suggest a need to rethink the outcome target and focus on patient counseling to set appropriate expectations.
Challenging cases in urology: Persistent ureteral stone in a 76-year-old maleMarch 2nd 2018
An elderly male with hypertension, lumbar spinal stenosis, morbid obesity, and ED presents with acute right-sided worsening of his chronic back pain. A distal right ureteral stone is found on CT and his symptoms respond well to medical therapy, but he later develops severe right flank pain.
Quality of stone care: We can do betterFebruary 16th 2018
A recent study "revealed that inadequate pain control, presence of a ureteral stent, and a first-time stone treatment were the most common reasons for unplanned utilization of health care services [following ureteroscopy]," writes Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH.
URS techniques: When to choose dusting vs. basketingFebruary 1st 2018
When treating kidney stones, debate continues over the use of dusting versus basketing. In this interview, Olivier Traxer, MD, describes both methods, lists his preferred laser settings, and explains why he changed the way he uses ureteral access sheaths.
Low-oxalate diet more beneficial than supplementJanuary 22nd 2018
A preliminary analysis of data from a randomized controlled trial supports the efficacy of a low-oxalate diet for reducing urinary oxalate excretion in patients with idiopathic hyperoxaluria, but shows little or no benefit for daily dietary supplementation with vitamin B6 25 mg/magnesium 400 mg or a diet-supplement combination.
How do ureteroscope types compare ergonomically?September 25th 2017
Findings of a study investigating biomechanical stresses on the urologist while performing flexible ureteroscopy indicate that reusable and single-use digital ureteroscopes have a more favorable ergonomic profile than a reusable fiberoptic instrument.
Gout patients at 60% greater risk for stone diseaseSeptember 4th 2017
Men and women with gout are at 60% greater risk for nephrolithiasis than adults without gout, according to a study looking at not only the chronic kidney condition’s incidence but also potential risk factors for first-time nephrolithiasis in people with and without gout.
Uro Pipeline: Phase IIb study begins for intraprostatic localized PCa drugJune 27th 2017
Other pipeline developments include a new company formed to develop OAB treatments, a phase III urothelial cancer study meeting its primary endpoint, the formation of a partnership to study RCC treatment, and more.