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  1. Extrinsic Obstruction of the Ureter

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    ... ureter, causing a blockage in the ureter. This affects the flow of urine out of the ureter. After some time, urine can build up, which can hurt the kidney. Share Symptoms Advertisement Patient Education Materials We provide free patient education materials on many common urologic health ...

  2. Congenital malformations of the ureter: anatomical studies.

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    Dorko, František; Tokarčík, Ján; Výborná, Eva

    2016-06-01

    The ureter is a derivate of the Wolffian mesonephric duct and undergoes complex changes during development. The most common developmental anomaly is complete duplication of the ureter. Duplication of the ureter may be complete or incomplete. Incomplete duplication of ureter is well known as bifid ureter. Presence of various anomalies of the ureter is associated with increased risk of urinary tract infections and many other clinical complications. PMID:26286110

  3. Ectopic Ureter Accompanied by Duplicated Ureter: Three Cases

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    Senel, Ufuk; Ozmen, Zafer; Sozubir, Selami

    2015-01-01

    We report cases of ectopic ureter accompanied by three types of ureteral duplication that had been diagnosed previously and treated for enuresis. Data from three female patients ranging in age from 1 to 10 years were evaluated. The ectopic ureter was observed on the left in one case, on the right in another and bilateral in the third case. Complete duplication was found in two cases, while the third had incomplete duplication. Ureteroneocystostomy was performed in one case and subtotal nephrectomy was carried out in the other two cases. Ureteroneocystostomy was performed for the ectopic ureter found in the opposite urinary system in one of the cases. Ectopic duplicated ureter should be considered in treatment-resistant enuresis and urinary tract infections and after a careful physical examination, imaging as well as function tests should be performed. PMID:26500949

  4. [Ureter and Wertheim's operation].

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    Robert, H G

    1976-01-01

    The surgery for carcinoma of the uterine cervix combined with radiotherapy, as carried out at present, includes a definite risk for the urinary tract. Not so much the immediate functional disorders, which always recede, except in rare cases of fibrous retracted bladder, but the lesions which occur in several varieties lead one to re-implant immediately the ureter. Fistulae and early stenosis (16 out of 1,500) should be treated in the same way. These late complications, such as obstruction (12 out of 1,500) raise de problem of their etiology. Usually they are due to recurrent carcinoma (9 out of 12), rarely due to pelvic fibrosis (3 out of 12). It is rare then for re-implantation to be possible. There remains either nephrectomy which is the simplest solution, or an urinary by-pass operation either using an ileal bladder or as a palliative measure, using a silastic prosthesis. Finally, the risk of advanced carconoma is without remedy, abstention from surgery may then be justified but one should, as far as possible, attempt to prevent these complications both from the surgical technical point of view and from the point of view of irradiation dosage. PMID:1027757

  5. Comprehensive data analysis of human ureter proteome

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    Magdeldin, Sameh; Hirao, Yoshitoshi; El Guoshy, Amr; Xu, Bo; Zhang, Ying; Fujinaka, Hidehiko; Yamamoto, Keiko; Yates, John R.; Yamamoto, Tadashi

    2016-01-01

    Comprehensive human ureter proteome dataset was generated from OFFGel fractionated ureter samples. Our result showed that among 2217 non-redundant ureter proteins, 751 protein candidates (33.8%) were detected in urine as urinary protein/polypeptide or exosomal protein. On the other hand, comparing ureter protein hits (48) that are not shown in corresponding databases to urinary bladder and prostate human protein atlas databases pinpointed 21 proteins that might be unique to ureter tissue. In conclusion, this finding offers future perspectives for possible identification of ureter disease-associated biomarkers such as ureter carcinoma. In addition, Cytoscape GO annotation was examined on the final ureter dataset to better understand proteins molecular function, biological processes, and cellular component. The ureter proteomic dataset published in this article will provide a valuable resource for researchers working in the field of urology and urine biomarker discovery. PMID:26937461

  6. Comprehensive data analysis of human ureter proteome.

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    Magdeldin, Sameh; Hirao, Yoshitoshi; El Guoshy, Amr; Xu, Bo; Zhang, Ying; Fujinaka, Hidehiko; Yamamoto, Keiko; Yates, John R; Yamamoto, Tadashi

    2016-03-01

    Comprehensive human ureter proteome dataset was generated from OFFGel fractionated ureter samples. Our result showed that among 2217 non-redundant ureter proteins, 751 protein candidates (33.8%) were detected in urine as urinary protein/polypeptide or exosomal protein. On the other hand, comparing ureter protein hits (48) that are not shown in corresponding databases to urinary bladder and prostate human protein atlas databases pinpointed 21 proteins that might be unique to ureter tissue. In conclusion, this finding offers future perspectives for possible identification of ureter disease-associated biomarkers such as ureter carcinoma. In addition, Cytoscape GO annotation was examined on the final ureter dataset to better understand proteins molecular function, biological processes, and cellular component. The ureter proteomic dataset published in this article will provide a valuable resource for researchers working in the field of urology and urine biomarker discovery. PMID:26937461

  7. Fibroepithelial polyp of the ureter

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    Sinha, Rajan Kumar; Jindal, Tarun; Kamal, Mir Reza; Karmakar, Dilip

    2013-01-01

    A 36-year-old woman presented with haematuria and a bladder mass on ultrasonogram. Cystoscopy revealed a tumour, cauliflower in shape with smooth stalk coming out from the ureteric orifice. Stalk of the polyp was identified in proximal ureter by ureteroscopy. The mass was excised endoscopically. PMID:24234435

  8. Spontaneous rupture of the ureter

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    Eken, Alper; Akbas, Tugana; Arpaci, Taner

    2015-01-01

    Spontaneous rupture of the ureter is a very rare condition and usually results from ureteral obstruction by a calculus. Only theoretical mechanisms have been proposed and no possible explanation has yet been reported in the literature. Intravenous contrast-enhanced computed tomography is the most informative study with high sensitivity. Treatment should be individualised, and depends on the state of the patient. Minimally invasive endourological procedures with double-J catheter placement and percutaneous drainage offer excellent results. Conservative management with analgesics and antibiotic coverage may be an alternative to surgery. Herein, we present a case of spontaneous rupture of the proximal ureter with no evidence of an underlying pathological condition. PMID:25715862

  9. A proteomic glimpse into human ureter proteome

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    Hirao, Yoshitoshi; Elguoshy, Amr; Xu, Bo; Zhang, Ying; Fujinaka, Hidehiko; Yamamoto, Keiko; Yates, John R.; Yamamoto, Tadashi

    2015-01-01

    Urine has evolved as one of the most important biofluids in clinical proteomics due to its noninvasive sampling and its stability. Yet, it is used in clinical diagnostics of several disorders by detecting changes in its components including urinary protein/polypeptide profile. Despite the fact that majority of proteins detected in urine are primarily originated from the urogenital (UG) tract, determining its precise source within the UG tract remains elusive. In this article, we performed a comprehensive analysis of ureter proteome to assemble the first unbiased ureter dataset. Next, we compared these data to urine, urinary exosome, and kidney mass spectrometric datasets. Our result concluded that among 2217 nonredundant ureter proteins, 751 protein candidates (33.8%) were detected in urine as urinary protein/polypeptide or exosomal protein. On the other hand, comparing ureter protein hits (48) that are not shown in corresponding databases to urinary bladder and prostate human protein atlas databases pinpointed 21 proteins that might be unique to ureter tissue. In conclusion, this finding offers future perspectives for possible identification of ureter disease‐associated biomarkers such as ureter carcinoma. In addition, the ureter proteomic dataset published in this article will provide a valuable resource for researchers working in the field of urology and urine biomarker discovery. All MS data have been deposited in the ProteomeXchange with identifier PXD002620 (http://proteomecentral.proteomexchange.org/dataset/PXD002620). PMID:26442468

  10. Ectopic ureter draining into the uterus

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    Ghosh, Bastab; Shridhar, Kartik; Pal, Dilip Kumar; Banerjee, Manju

    2016-01-01

    We report a rare case of a 13-year-old female child with a right-sided duplex system with the upper moiety draining into the uterus. Only one such case has been reported in scientific literature in English, of ectopic ureter draining into the uterus has been reported in literature. The patient was managed with laparoscopic end-to-side ureteroureterostomy into the normal ureter of the lower moiety. PMID:26834415

  11. Thulium fiber laser damage to the ureter

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    Wilson, Christopher R.; Hardy, Luke A.; Irby, Pierce B.; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2015-07-01

    Our laboratory is studying experimental thulium fiber laser (TFL) as a potential alternative lithotripter to the clinical gold standard Holmium:YAG laser. Safety studies characterizing undesirable Holmium laser-induced damage to ureter tissue have been previously reported. Similarly, this study characterizes TFL induced ureter and stone basket damage. A TFL beam with pulse energy of 35 mJ, pulse duration of 500 μs, and pulse rates of 150-500 Hz was delivered through a 100-μm-core, low-OH, silica optical fiber to the porcine ureter wall, in vitro. Ureter perforation times were measured and gross, histological, and optical coherence tomography images of the ablation zone were acquired. TFL operation at 150, 300, and 500 Hz produced mean ureter perforation times of 7.9, 3.8, and 1.8 s, respectively. Collateral damage averaged 510, 370, and 310 μm. TFL mean perforation time exceeded 1 s at each setting, which is a greater safety margin than previously reported during Holmium laser ureter perforation studies.

  12. Left retrocaval ureter without situs inversus or inferior venacava duplication.

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    Thirugnanasambandam, Vasudevan; Nayak, Prasant; Mossadeq, Abdulrazack

    2015-01-01

    Retrocaval ureter (pre-ureteral vena cava) is an uncommon congenital anomaly that causes ureteral obstruction by external compression. Although right retrocaval ureter is a common entity, left retrocaval ureter is extremely rare. A left retrocaval ureter is usually associated with situs inversus or duplicated inferior venacava (IVC). An isolated left retrocaval ureter with single left-sided IVC is even rarer and only four cases have been reported in the literature. We present images of a case with isolated left retrocaval ureter with a single left-sided IVC without situs inversus. PMID:26604455

  13. [The ureters: findings at multidetector computed tomography].

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    López Amaya, J E; Mejía Restrepo, J; Nicolau Molina, C; Zuluaga Santamaría, A; Mazzaro, M

    2010-01-01

    Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and advances in CT urography techniques have enabled vast improvements in the depiction of the ureter. Studies of the ureter can find a wide variety of conditions including congenital defects and anatomic variants (anomalies in the origin, distribution, and distal insertion of the ureter) as well as all benign and malignant causes of focal and diffuse wall thickening (inflammatory and infectious processes, and neoplasms, as well as iatrogenic thickening and postsurgical changes). Other benign processes like ureteral kinking and stenosis due to extrinsic compression of the iliac vessels are also well characterized by MDCT. The aim of this article is to show the spectrum of ureteral variants and disease apart from common entities related to stones. PMID:20627329

  14. Indocyanine green for intraoperative localization of ureter.

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    Siddighi, Sam; Yune, Junchan Joshua; Hardesty, Jeffrey

    2014-10-01

    Intraurethral injection of indocyanine green (ICG; Akorn, Lake Forest, IL) and visualization under near-infrared (NIR) light allows for real-time delineation of the ureter. This technology can be helpful to prevent iatrogenic ureteral injury during pelvic surgery. Patients were scheduled to undergo robot-assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy. Before the robotic surgery started, the tip of a 6-F ureteral catheter was inserted into the ureteral orifice. Twenty-five milligrams of ICG was dissolved in 10-mL of sterile water and injected through the open catheter. The same procedure was repeated on the opposite side. The ICG reversibly stained the inside lining of the ureter by binding to proteins on urothelial layer. During the course of robotic surgery, the NIR laser on the da Vinci Si surgical robot (Intuitive Surgical, Inc, Sunnyvale, CA) was used to excite ICG molecules, and infrared emission was captured by the da Vinci filtered lens system and electronically converted to green color. Thus, the ureter fluoresced green, which allowed its definitive identification throughout the entire case. In all cases of >10 patients, we were able to visualize bilateral ureters with this technology, even though there was some variation in brightness that depended on the depth of the ureter from the peritoneal surface. For example, in a morbidly obese patient, the ureters were not as bright green. There were no intraoperative or postoperative adverse effects attributable to ICG administration for up to 2 months of observation. In our experience, this novel method of intraurethral ICG injection was helpful to identify the entire course of ureter and allowed a safe approach to tissues that were adjacent to the urinary tract. The advantage of our technique is that it requires the insertion of just the tip of ureteral catheter. Despite our limited cohort of patients, our findings are consistent with previous reports of the excellent safety profile of intravenous and intrabiliary ICG. Intraurethral injection of ICG and visualization under NIR light allows for real-time delineation of the ureter. This technology can be helpful to prevent iatrogenic ureteral injury during pelvic surgery. PMID:24835212

  15. COMPASS-based ureter segmentation in CT urography (CTU)

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    Zick, David; Hadjiiyski, Lubomir; Chan, Heang-Ping; Cohan, Richard H.; Caoili, Elaine M.; Zhou, Chuan; Wei, Jun

    2014-03-01

    We are developing a computerized system for automated segmentation of ureters in CT urography (CTU), referred to as COmbined Model-guided Path-finding Analysis and Segmentation System (COMPASS). Ureter segmentation is a critical component for computer-aided diagnosis of ureter cancer. A challenge for ureter segmentation is the presence of regions not well opacified with intravenous (IV) contrast. COMPASS consists of three stages: (1) adaptive thresholding and region growing, (2) path-finding and propagation, and (3) edge profile extraction and feature analysis. One hundred fourteen ureters in 74 CTU scans with IV contrast were collected from 74 patient files. On average, the ureters spanned 283 CT slices (range: 116 to 399, median: 301). More than half of the ureters contained malignant or benign lesions and some had ureter wall thickening due to malignancy. A starting point for each of the 114 ureters was selected manually to initialize the tracking by COMPASS. Path-finding and segmentation were guided by the anatomical knowledge of ureters in CTU. The segmentation performance was quantitatively assessed by estimating the percentage of the length that was successfully tracked and segmented for each ureter. Of the 114 ureters, 110 (96%) were segmented completely (100%), 111 (97%) were segmented through at least 70% of its length, and 113 (99%) were segmented at least 50%. In comparison, using our previous method, 79 (69%) ureters were segmented completely (100%), 92 (81%) were segmented through at least 70% of its length, and 98 (86%) were segmented at least 50%. COMPASS improved significantly the ureter tracking, including regions across ureter lesions, wall thickening and the narrowing of the lumen.

  16. [An ectopic ureter which drained into the perianal area].

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    Delgado Chanis, G

    1992-05-01

    The author reviews the clinical record of a 6-year-old boy, who had urinary incontinence with wetting of his underwear in the posterior part. IVP, Cystoscopy, Cystogram, Left Retrograde Pyelogram and Surgery showed a double distal ureter on the left side. The normal ureter drained in the bladder in the orthotopic ureteral orifice. The medial dilated ectopic ureter, in the form of an H, was connected to the normal ureter and drained in the perianal area. The incontinence stopped after the resection of the ectopic ureter. PMID:1620895

  17. Understanding the Ureter: Challenges and Opportunities.

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    Park, Alyssa; Venkatesh, Ramakrishna

    2016-05-01

    The ureter is possibly the least studied and most poorly understood organ of the urinary tract. The pathophysiologic basis underlying the use of α-blockers to improve ureteral stone passage or to treat ureteral stent symptoms is poorly understood. This, in part, may explain why clinical studies of medical expulsive therapy for ureteral stone passage are fraught with conflicting data. Methods to study human ureter in vivo are few and challenging. The findings of many of the ureteral studies are from observational in vitro studies and were evaluated in other animal species that may not be applicable in human beings. There are few mechanistic studies evaluating the underlying molecular pathophysiologic mechanisms of human ureter. This is critical to our understanding and treatment of stent symptoms, including the development of a patient friendly ureteral stent and for the pharmacologic modulation of ureteral activity. The following is an overview of some of the observational and mechanistic ureteral studies evaluating the pharmacologic and stent effects, including potential areas for further research. PMID:26864852

  18. Bilateral complete duplication of the ureters, with calculi simultaneously obstructing the four ureters

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    Alsayyad, Ahmed Jalal

    2016-01-01

    Bilateral complete duplication of the ureters is a rare condition. We report a case of an adult male patient with bilateral complete duplication of the ureters, with a single stone simultaneously obstructing each of the four ureteral limbs. Multiple bilateral renal stones were awlso demonstrated in the imaging studies. The ureteral stones ranged from 7 to 23 mm in length and 5–11 mm in width. Ureteroscopy and holmium laser lithotripsy for the ureteral stones were done sequentially in the four ureteral limbs, in a single session. Four double-J stents were inserted after removal of all ureteric stones, one in each ureter. The patient passed uneventful postoperative course. The patient has received extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy sessions for the bilateral renal stones. The double-J stents were removed under local anesthesia after clearance of all stones. To the best of our knowledge, there are no data in the literature representing an identical case. PMID:27141198

  19. Bilateral complete duplication of the ureters, with calculi simultaneously obstructing the four ureters.

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    Alsayyad, Ahmed Jalal

    2016-01-01

    Bilateral complete duplication of the ureters is a rare condition. We report a case of an adult male patient with bilateral complete duplication of the ureters, with a single stone simultaneously obstructing each of the four ureteral limbs. Multiple bilateral renal stones were awlso demonstrated in the imaging studies. The ureteral stones ranged from 7 to 23 mm in length and 5-11 mm in width. Ureteroscopy and holmium laser lithotripsy for the ureteral stones were done sequentially in the four ureteral limbs, in a single session. Four double-J stents were inserted after removal of all ureteric stones, one in each ureter. The patient passed uneventful postoperative course. The patient has received extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy sessions for the bilateral renal stones. The double-J stents were removed under local anesthesia after clearance of all stones. To the best of our knowledge, there are no data in the literature representing an identical case. PMID:27141198

  20. Duplicated Renal System with H Shaped Ureter: An Extraordinary Anomaly.

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    Akbulut, Fatih; Savun, Metin; Ucpinar, Burak; Sahan, Murat; Arslan, Burak; Ozgor, Faruk; Simsek, Abdulmuttalip; Berberoglu, Ahmet Yalcın; Baykal, Murat; Binbay, Murat

    2016-01-01

    Duplex collecting systems are the most commonly encountered anomaly of the urinary system. Complete duplex system with an H shaped ureter is a very rare situation. There are only two reported H ureter cases in the literature. Herein, we aimed to present an H shaped ureter case, which was identified while performing ureterorenoscopy to a 48-year-old female patient due to a right distal ureteral stone. PMID:26942033

  1. Duplicated Renal System with H Shaped Ureter: An Extraordinary Anomaly

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    Akbulut, Fatih; Savun, Metin; Ucpinar, Burak; Sahan, Murat; Arslan, Burak; Ozgor, Faruk; Simsek, Abdulmuttalip; Berberoglu, Ahmet Yalcın; Baykal, Murat; Binbay, Murat

    2016-01-01

    Duplex collecting systems are the most commonly encountered anomaly of the urinary system. Complete duplex system with an H shaped ureter is a very rare situation. There are only two reported H ureter cases in the literature. Herein, we aimed to present an H shaped ureter case, which was identified while performing ureterorenoscopy to a 48-year-old female patient due to a right distal ureteral stone. PMID:26942033

  2. Persistent Urinary Incontinence: A Case Series of Missed Ectopic Ureters

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    Wang, Ming-Hsien

    2015-01-01

    Ectopic ureter is a rare cause of urinary incontinence in children. Symptomatic cases are unlikely to resolve spontaneously, and incontinence are often associated with significant psychological impact on these children. This case series of 2 older children with missed ectopic ureters by the urologic community outline workup for persistent urinary incontinence, with emphasis on history, physical, embryology review, and radiographic evaluations. PMID:26793560

  3. Ureter tracking and segmentation in CT urography (CTU) using COMPASS

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    Hadjiiski, Lubomir; Zick, David; Chan, Heang-Ping; Cohan, Richard H.; Caoili, Elaine M.; Cha, Kenny; Zhou, Chuan; Wei, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The authors are developing a computerized system for automated segmentation of ureters in CTU, referred to as combined model-guided path-finding analysis and segmentation system (COMPASS). Ureter segmentation is a critical component for computer-aided diagnosis of ureter cancer. Methods: COMPASS consists of three stages: (1) rule-based adaptive thresholding and region growing, (2) path-finding and propagation, and (3) edge profile extraction and feature analysis. With institutional review board approval, 79 CTU scans performed with intravenous (IV) contrast material enhancement were collected retrospectively from 79 patient files. One hundred twenty-four ureters were selected from the 79 CTU volumes. On average, the ureters spanned 283 computed tomography slices (range: 116–399, median: 301). More than half of the ureters contained malignant or benign lesions and some had ureter wall thickening due to malignancy. A starting point for each of the 124 ureters was identified manually to initialize the tracking by COMPASS. In addition, the centerline of each ureter was manually marked and used as reference standard for evaluation of tracking performance. The performance of COMPASS was quantitatively assessed by estimating the percentage of the length that was successfully tracked and segmented for each ureter and by estimating the average distance and the average maximum distance between the computer and the manually tracked centerlines. Results: Of the 124 ureters, 120 (97%) were segmented completely (100%), 121 (98%) were segmented through at least 70%, and 123 (99%) were segmented through at least 50% of its length. In comparison, using our previous method, 85 (69%) ureters were segmented completely (100%), 100 (81%) were segmented through at least 70%, and 107 (86%) were segmented at least 50% of its length. With COMPASS, the average distance between the computer and the manually generated centerlines is 0.54 mm, and the average maximum distance is 2.02 mm. With our previous method, the average distance between the centerlines was 0.80 mm, and the average maximum distance was 3.38 mm. The improvements in the ureteral tracking length and both distance measures were statistically significant (p < 0.0001). Conclusions: COMPASS improved significantly the ureter tracking, including regions across ureter lesions, wall thickening, and the narrowing of the lumen. PMID:25471966

  4. Ureter tracking and segmentation in CT urography (CTU) using COMPASS

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    Hadjiiski, Lubomir Zick, David; Chan, Heang-Ping; Cohan, Richard H.; Caoili, Elaine M.; Cha, Kenny; Zhou, Chuan; Wei, Jun

    2014-12-15

    Purpose: The authors are developing a computerized system for automated segmentation of ureters in CTU, referred to as combined model-guided path-finding analysis and segmentation system (COMPASS). Ureter segmentation is a critical component for computer-aided diagnosis of ureter cancer. Methods: COMPASS consists of three stages: (1) rule-based adaptive thresholding and region growing, (2) path-finding and propagation, and (3) edge profile extraction and feature analysis. With institutional review board approval, 79 CTU scans performed with intravenous (IV) contrast material enhancement were collected retrospectively from 79 patient files. One hundred twenty-four ureters were selected from the 79 CTU volumes. On average, the ureters spanned 283 computed tomography slices (range: 116–399, median: 301). More than half of the ureters contained malignant or benign lesions and some had ureter wall thickening due to malignancy. A starting point for each of the 124 ureters was identified manually to initialize the tracking by COMPASS. In addition, the centerline of each ureter was manually marked and used as reference standard for evaluation of tracking performance. The performance of COMPASS was quantitatively assessed by estimating the percentage of the length that was successfully tracked and segmented for each ureter and by estimating the average distance and the average maximum distance between the computer and the manually tracked centerlines. Results: Of the 124 ureters, 120 (97%) were segmented completely (100%), 121 (98%) were segmented through at least 70%, and 123 (99%) were segmented through at least 50% of its length. In comparison, using our previous method, 85 (69%) ureters were segmented completely (100%), 100 (81%) were segmented through at least 70%, and 107 (86%) were segmented at least 50% of its length. With COMPASS, the average distance between the computer and the manually generated centerlines is 0.54 mm, and the average maximum distance is 2.02 mm. With our previous method, the average distance between the centerlines was 0.80 mm, and the average maximum distance was 3.38 mm. The improvements in the ureteral tracking length and both distance measures were statistically significant (p < 0.0001). Conclusions: COMPASS improved significantly the ureter tracking, including regions across ureter lesions, wall thickening, and the narrowing of the lumen.

  5. Ureter RegenerationThe Proper Scaffold Has to Be Defined

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    Kowalczyk, Tomasz; Nowacki, Maciej; Bodnar, Magdalena; Marsza?ek, Andrzej; Pokrywczy?ska, Marta; Frontczak-Baniewicz, Ma?gorzata; Kowalewski, Tomasz A.; Ch?osta, Piotr; Drewa, Tomasz

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare two different acellular scaffolds: natural and synthetic, for urinary conduit construction and ureter segment reconstruction. Acellular aortic arch (AAM) and poly(L-lactide-co-caprolactone) (PLCL) were used in 24 rats for ureter reconstruction in both tested groups. Follow-up period was 4 weeks. Intravenous pyelography, histological and immunohistochemical analysis were performed. All animals survived surgical procedures. Patent uretero-conduit junction was observed only in one case using PLCL. In case of ureter segment reconstruction ureters were patent in one case using AAM and in four cases using PLCL scaffolds. Regeneration of urothelium layer and focal regeneration of smooth muscle layer was observed on both tested scaffolds. Obtained results indicates that synthetic acellular PLCL scaffolds showed better properties for ureter reconstruction than naturally derived acellular aortic arch. PMID:25162415

  6. Violent injuries to the upper ureter.

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    Evans, R A; Smith, M J

    1976-07-01

    Frequently traumatic injury to the renal pelvis or upper ureter is overshadowed by multiple associated injuries. The diagnosis may be particularly difficult, due to the lack of hematuria and absence of pathognomonic findings. All too frequently the delayed manifestations of urinary wound drainage, retroperitoneal mass, or urinary ascites and sepsis first draw attention to the ureteral injury. A review of the problem and our experience with 16 such injuries is presented. As with other infrequent injuries the single and most important diagnostic factor is the prepared mind of the examiner. We feel all patients who have penetrating abdominal trauma, have fractured lumbar processes, or are involved in accidents where deceleration or extension occur should have infusion pyelography even in the absence of hematuria. PMID:948098

  7. Inguinoscrotal herniation of the ureter: Description of five cases

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    E.S., Allam; D.Y., Johnson; S.G., Grewal; F.E., Johnson

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Descent of the ureter into the inguinal canal or scrotum is rare but undoubtedly underreported. Most known cases were recognized at the time of surgery for hernia repair. We encountered five cases recently. PRESENTATION OF CASE We reviewed the records and CT images of five patients with inguinal hernias containing a segment of the ureter. All of our cases, like most reported cases, featured obese adult males. Our cases had different outcomes, ranging from inadvertent injury of the displaced ureter to correction of the anomaly at the time of hernia repair. DISCUSSION In all of our cases, the affected ureter was displaced anteriorly from the psoas muscle by greater than 1 cm at the level of the L4 vertebra on abdominal CT. This association has not been previously described. CONCLUSION Pre-operative diagnosis by CT can prevent injury to the ureter. We hypothesize that anterior displacement of the ureter at the level of L4 as seen on CT may be predictive of inguinoscrotal herniation of the ureter. PMID:26280912

  8. Evidence for Alpha Receptors in the Human Ureter

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    Madeb, Ralph; Knopf, Joy; Golijanin, Dragan; Bourne, Patricia; Erturk, Erdal

    2007-04-01

    An immunohistochemical and western blot expression analysis of human ureters was performed in order to characterize the alpha-1-adrenergic receptor distribution along the length of the human ureteral wall. Mapping the distribution will assist in understanding the potential role alpha -1-adrenergic receptors and their subtype density might have in the pathophysiology of ureteral colic and stone passage. Patients diagnosed with renal cancer or bladder cancer undergoing nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, or cystectomy had ureteral specimens taken from the proximal, mid, distal and tunneled ureter. Tissues were processed for fresh frozen examination and fixed in formalin. None of the ureteral specimens were involved with cancer. Serial histologic sections and immunohistochemical studies were performed using antibodies specific for alpha-1-adrenergic receptor subtypes (alpha 1a, alpha 1b, alpha 1d). The sections were examined under a light microscope and scored as positive or negative. In order to validate and quantify the alpha receptor subtypes along the human ureter. Western blotting techniques were applied. Human ureter stained positively for alpha -1-adrenergic receptors. Immunostaining appeared red, with intense reaction in the smooth muscle of the ureter and endothelium of the neighboring blood vessels. There was differential expression between all the receptors with the highest staining for alpha-1D subtype. The highest protein expression for all three subtypes was in the renal pelvis and decreased with advancement along the ureter to the distal ureter. At the distal ureter, there was marked increase in expression as one progressed towards the ureteral orifice. The same pattern of protein expression was exhibited for all three alpha -1-adrenergic receptor subtypes. We provide preliminary evidence for the ability to detect and quantify the alpha-1-receptor subtypes along the human ureter which to the best of our knowledge has never been done with immunohistochemistry and molecular techniques. These findings may lend support to the preliminary studies of the effectiveness of alpha-receptor blockade on ureteral colic and stone passage.

  9. Renal Agenesis with Full Length Ipsilateral Refluxing Ureter.

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    Pal, Dilip Kumar; Chandra, Vipin; Banerjee, Manju

    2016-01-01

    Unilateral renal agenesis with vesicoureteral reflux in the ipsilateral full length ureter is a rare phenomenon. Herein we report a case of 10-year old boy who presented with recurrent urinary tract infections. No renal tissue was identified on left side in various imaging studies. Micturating cystourethrogram (MCUG) showed left sided refluxing and blind ending ureter. Left ureterectomy was done because of recurrent UTI in the refluxing system. PMID:27170916

  10. Renal Agenesis with Full Length Ipsilateral Refluxing Ureter

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    Chandra, Vipin; Banerjee, Manju

    2016-01-01

    Unilateral renal agenesis with vesicoureteral reflux in the ipsilateral full length ureter is a rare phenomenon. Herein we report a case of 10-year old boy who presented with recurrent urinary tract infections. No renal tissue was identified on left side in various imaging studies. Micturating cystourethrogram (MCUG) showed left sided refluxing and blind ending ureter. Left ureterectomy was done because of recurrent UTI in the refluxing system. PMID:27170916

  11. Unusual anatomic variation of bilateral ectopic ureters in a dog.

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    Hosgood, G; Salisbury, K; Blevins, W E; Widmer, W R

    1989-12-01

    An unusual anatomic variation of bilateral ectopic ureters was diagnosed in a 6-week-old female Siberian Husky with urinary incontinence. Assessment during surgery revealed bilateral ectopic ureters with a common opening in the proximal portion of the urethra. Ureteroneocystostomy was performed bilaterally. After surgery, intermittent urinary incontinence continued, but was less severe. After resection of a persistent hymen in the 6-month-old dog, incontinence appeared to resolve, but then recurred, and has been controlled by phenylpropanolamine administration. PMID:2599944

  12. Calcitonin gene related peptide as inhibitory neurotransmitter in the ureter.

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    Maggi, C A; Giuliani, S; Meini, S; Santicioli, P

    1995-07-01

    A dense plexus of calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) containing nerve fibres is present in the mammalian ureter, from which CGRP is released by depolarizing stimuli, including chemical normally present in the urine. CGRP exerts a profound, receptor-mediated, inhibitory effect on the evoked motility of the ureter by suppressing latent pacemakers in the smooth muscle. This effect is largely glibenclamide sensitive, indicating the activation of potassium (K) channels in its genesis. Electrical stimulation of intramural nerves in the guinea-pig ureter produces a transient membrane hyperpolarization, which is blocked by glibenclamide or by capsaicin pretreatment, enhanced in a low-K medium, and inhibited by a CGRP receptor antagonist. Thus endogenous CGRP acts as a neurotransmitter K channel opener in the ureter. The refractory period of the guinea-pig ureter is markedly and similarly reduced by capsaicin pretreatment or administration of a CGRP receptor antagonist, indicating that endogenous CGRP can modulate the maximal frequency of ureteral peristalsis. Using a three-chamber organ bath that enabled the separate perfusion of the renal, middle, and bladder regions of the organ, evidence was obtained that CGRP blocks propagation of impulses along the ureter through a glibenclamide-sensitive mechanism. These findings indicate a role of CGRP in the local regulation of ureteral motility and peristalsis. PMID:8846441

  13. Fluid Structural Analysis of Urine Flow in a Stented Ureter

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    Gómez-Blanco, J. Carlos; Martínez-Reina, F. Javier; Cruz, Domingo; Pagador, J. Blas; Sánchez-Margallo, Francisco M.; Soria, Federico

    2016-01-01

    Many urologists are currently studying new designs of ureteral stents to improve the quality of their operations and the subsequent recovery of the patient. In order to help during this design process, many computational models have been developed to simulate the behaviour of different biological tissues and provide a realistic computational environment to evaluate the stents. However, due to the high complexity of the involved tissues, they usually introduce simplifications to make these models less computationally demanding. In this study, the interaction between urine flow and a double-J stented ureter with a simplified geometry has been analysed. The Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) of urine and the ureteral wall was studied using three models for the solid domain: Mooney-Rivlin, Yeoh, and Ogden. The ureter was assumed to be quasi-incompressible and isotropic. Data obtained in previous studies from ex vivo and in vivo mechanical characterization of different ureters were used to fit the mentioned models. The results show that the interaction between the stented ureter and urine is negligible. Therefore, we can conclude that this type of models does not need to include the FSI and could be solved quite accurately assuming that the ureter is a rigid body and, thus, using the more simple Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approach. PMID:27127535

  14. Herlyn-Weber-Wunderlich syndrome with ectopic ureter in prepubertal female

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    Garge, Saurabh; Bagga, Deepak; Acharya, Sameer Kant; Yadav, Devendra Kumar; Khan, Tanvir Roshan; Kumar, Ram; Kumar, Vinod; Kumar, Srinivas; Gupta, Divya; Prasad, Ashish

    2014-01-01

    We report a rare case of uterovaginal duplication in a prepubertal female. The patient also had a permeable ureter (ureter with urine passing through it) subtending a poorly functioning kidney with ectopic insertion in the obstructed hemivagina. PMID:24741215

  15. Retained Urethral Catheter Secondary to Placement in Proximal Ureter

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    Sharda, Rajan

    2016-01-01

    We present an unusual complication secondary to indwelling urethral catheter placement. Routine catheter placement by the obstetrics team in a postpartum female leads to retention of the catheter and inability of its removal by both the obstetrics and urology teams. Although a retained urinary catheter is relatively common, inability to remove a catheter secondary to placement inadvertently into a ureter is extremely rare. In this paper we will discuss the options in removing a retained catheter and present our case of a retained catheter secondary to placement within the right proximal ureter. PMID:27144050

  16. Synchronous endoscopic management of bilateral kidney and ureter fungal bezoar.

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    Modi, Pranjal; Goel, Rajiv

    2007-01-01

    Candidiasis of the lower urinary tract is common in immunocompromised patients. Diabetes and chronic indwelling catheter are two common risk factors for such opportunistic infections. However, upper urinary candidiasis is rare. Further, bilateral synchronous involvement of kidneys and ureter is extremely rare. Treatment usually requires relief of obstruction by percutaneous drainage of the kidney and systemic infusion or local irrigation of antifungal agents. When these measures fail, percutaneous surgical debulking of the fungal bezoar is indicated. We present a case of obstructive anuria due to fungal bezoar in both the pelvicalyceal system and ureter managed by bilateral synchronous endoscopic removal of fungal bezoar. PMID:17495501

  17. [A CASE OF GRANULOCYTIC SARCOMA IN THE BILATERAL URETER].

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    Miyagawa, Tomoaki; Tanaka, Ken; Ikeda, Atsushi; Komine, Manabu; Tsutsumi, Masakazu; Shinagawa, Atsushi

    2015-07-01

    A 61-year-old female presented with the complaints of fever and left back pain. She had previously undergone bone marrow transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia and achieved remission. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) revealed left hydronephrosis and suspected tumor lesions in the right upper ureter and left lower ureter. Ureteroscopy was performed for a diagnosis. A yellowish tumor was detected in the left lower ureter, and tissue biopsy was performed. Two weeks after the examination, abdominal CT revealed ascites and retroperitoneal dissemination. The results of the ascites cytology showed infiltration by leukemia cells, and the patient was diagnosed as having recurrent leukemia. A week later, she died. The ureteral tumor was diagnosed as a granulocytic sarcoma. Granulocytic sarcoma, a condition characterized by mass formation outside the bone marrow by granulocytic cells, is classified as a myeloid sarcoma, occurring in an estimated 2-8% of patients with myeloid leukemia. The possibility of granulocytic sarcoma should be considered when treating patients with a history of leukemia. PMID:26419078

  18. Interaction of mid-infrared laser radiation with soft ureter tissue

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    Jelinkova, Helena; Kohler, Oto; Nemec, Michal; Koranda, Petr; Sulc, Jan; Drlik, Pavel; Miyagi, Mitsunobu; Shi, Yi-Wei; Matsuura, Yuji; Kokta, Milan R.; Hrabal, Petr

    2004-09-01

    Aim of the work was an investigation of ureter wall perforation possibility by various types of mid-infrared radiations (from 2.01 ?m (Tm:YAG) up to 2.94 ?m (Er:YAG)) and exploration of the interaction basic characteristic for ureter surface (epithelium) and its deep structures (mesenchym). From results follow that CTH:YAG, Er:YAG, and CTE:YAG laser radiations accomplish a good wall ureter perforation. A distinguished difference appeared in modifications of the ureter tissue - epithelium and mesenchym.

  19. A Rare Case of Right Retrocaval Ureter with Duplication of Infrarenal IVC

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    2014-01-01

    Retrocaval ureter, also known as circumcaval ureter, is a rare congenital anomaly which commonly presents with loin pain in middle age group. Here, ureter passes between the inferior vena cava (IVC) and psoas muscle and gets compressed. Duplication of IVC is another rare congenital anomaly in the development of IVC. We present a case of a 49-year-old male who presented with loin pain and upon thorough investigation was found to have retrocaval ureter along with duplication of the infrarenal IVC. We bring forward this rare type of combination of two congenital malformations. PMID:25478276

  20. [A case report: small cell carcinoma of the ureter].

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    Koizumi, Koji; Nakato, Ryo; Inoue, Yoshihiro; Yanagisawa, Yutaka; Kobayashi, Motohiro

    2011-01-01

    An 82-year-old woman visited our hospital with right flank pain. Computed tomography showed a right ureteral tumor. Urine cytology was class IV and cystoscopy demonstrated no obvious lesion. We performed right total nephroureterectomy and histopathological diagnosis was small cell carcinoma of the ureter. The serum ProGRP was slightly elevated postoperatively. Positron emission tomography showed a distant metastasis to the third lumber vertebra. She received two courses of chemotherapy (cisplatin and etoposide) and radiation therapy (8 Gy), but the distant metastasis was progressive. She died 6 months postoperatively. PMID:21304255

  1. [The modern diagnosis of stenosis and obstruction of the ureter].

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    Kumanov, Kh; Panchev, P; al-Arbid, Z

    1993-01-01

    Included in the study were 681 patients with stenosis and obstruction of the ureter (SOU), diagnosed at the Department of Urology, Clinical Center of Urology, University Aleksandrovska Hospital in Sofia for a period of 5 years. The diagnosis rested on clinical, laboratory, X-ray, radioisotopic, echographic, endoscopic and other investigations. Analysis of the clinical and laboratory data demonstrated an outstanding triad of clinical symptoms: pain (76.8 per cent), hematuria (74.0 per cent), dysuria (70.9 per cent). The laboratory data confirmed the standpoint of other authors that most common is the urinary tract infection, followed in incidence by microhematuria, leukocyturia and hemoglobin content lower than 10 mg %. The most common causative agents of infection were E. coli (29.8 per cent) and Proteus (26.28 per cent). The X-ray methods being used were excretory urography (76.8 per cent) and plain X-ray on kidney-ureter-bladder film (93.2 per cent of the patients). Excretory urography furnished information on the cause, degree and location of SOU and on the effect upon the kidney. It helped to determine the approach to treatment--conservative transureteral or operative. PMID:8411876

  2. Primary large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the ureter

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    Oshiro, Hisashi; Odagaki, Yu; Iobe, Hiroaki; Ozu, Chouichirou; Takizawa, Issei; Nagai, Takeshi; Matsubayashi, Jun; Inagaki, Atsushi; Miyake, Shinji; Nagao, Toshitaka

    2013-01-01

    Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) is the rarest type of urinary tract malignancy. Herein, we report a case of LCNEC that arose in the ureter of a 78-year-old Japanese man with a history of ascending colon cancer that had been excised by a right hemicolectomy. Left-sided hydronephrosis associated with the ureteral tumor was discovered during follow-up. A left nephroureterectomy combined with a partial resection of the urinary bladder was performed because atypical cells were detected using voided urine cytology. A histopathological examination revealed that the ureteral tumor contained large atypical epithelial cells of neuroendocrine morphology without a urothelial carcinomatous component. The neoplastic cells were immunohistochemically positive for synaptophysin, chromogranin A, CD56, and cytokeratins, but they were negative for uroplakin III and thyroid transcription factor-1. The Ki-67 labeling index of the neoplastic cells was 50%. Transmission electron microscopy demonstrated the presence of numerous dense granules in the cytoplasm of the neoplastic cells. The ureteral lesion was finally classified as stage III, pT3 cN0 cM0. The patient’s postoperative course was uneventful without chemoradiotherapy, and LCNEC did not recur in the subsequent nine months. This case demonstrates that LCNEC can occur in the ureter, which normally does not contain neuroendocrine cells in the urothelium. PMID:23573321

  3. Effect of tetracyclines and 4-epiderivatives on the ureter.

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    Arrigoni, E; Benzi, G; Ferrara, A

    1972-04-01

    1. The effect of tetracyclines on the isolated dog ureter is dependent on: (a) the tetracyclines used-mepicycline and doxycycline antagonizing, and tetracycline and rolitetracycline increasing the contractor action of barium chloride; (b) the percentage of 4-epiderivatives in the tetracyclines used-the higher the epiderivative concentration, the smaller the effect of mepicycline or doxycycline, and the greater the action of tetracycline or rolitetracycline.2. In vivo the addition of the antibiotics into the renal pelvis shows no significant differences between the various tetracyclines or different 4-epiderivative concentrations on the intra-ureteral flow of the dog or guinea-pig.3. Intravenous injection of mepicycline or doxycycline does not induce a significant change in the intra-ureteral flow, while intravenous administration of tetracycline or rolitetracycline produces a triphasic response: (a) a marked decrease of the intra-ureteral flow for a few minutes; (b) a return to the control condition for 30-60 min; and (c) a lesser but persistent decrease in flow for 60-120 minutes. In the first phase the ureteral smooth muscle is directly affected by the antibiotics circulating in the blood, while in the third phase the tetracyclines act via the intra-ureteral mucosa.4. Neurogenic effects on the ureter-bladder junction in vivo are not affected by the tetracyclines tested. PMID:4625269

  4. Ureteral Stone Associated With a Middle Blind Ending of a Bifid Ureter

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    Çalışkan, Selahattin

    2016-01-01

    A blind-ending bifid ureter is an anatomic variant of ureteral duplications. There are three forms of blind-ending bifid ureter, classified depending on their location. A proximal blind-ending bifid ureter is the most common subtype of this congenital anomaly. Most patients are asymptomatic and only show symptoms after the complication has occurred. These complications include stone formation, vesicoureteric reflux, and ureteral tumor. Intravenous urography is usually used to diagnose bifid ureter; voiding cystourethrography, photofluoroscopy, cineroentgenography, cystoscopy with retrograde pyelography, computed tomography (CT), multidetector CT, and magnetic resonance urographies are other imaging methods used. This is a case of a ureteral stone associated with a middle blind ending of a bifid ureter.

  5. Ureter segmentation in CT urography (CTU) by COMPASS with multiscale Hessian enhancement

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    Fairbanks, Duncan; Hadjiiski, Lubomir; Zhou, Chuan; Chan, Heang-Ping; Cohan, Richard H.; Caoili, Elaine M.; Cha, Kenny

    2015-03-01

    We are developing an automated method for the segmentation of ureters in CTU, referred to as COmbined Modelguided Path-finding Analysis and Segmentation System (COMPASS). Ureter segmentation is a critical component for computer-aided detection of ureter cancer. A challenge for ureter segmentation is inconsistent opacification of the region of interest, which makes it difficult to be distinguished from other tissue in the surrounding area. COMPASS consists of four stages: (1) region finding and adaptive thresholding, (2) segmentation accuracy analysis, (3) potential backtracking and branching, and (4) edge profile extraction and feature analysis. In this study, we evaluated a new method in which CTU images were pre-processed with 3D multiscale Hessian filtering that enhances tubular structures. Our goal is to compare the performance of COMPASS with and without multiscale Hessian enhancement. With IRB approval, 79 cases with 124 ureters and 10 cases with 18 ureters were collected retrospectively from patient files as training and test sets, respectively. On average, the ureters spanned 289 CT slices (range: 115-405, median: 302). The segmentation performance was quantitatively assessed as the percentage of length of each ureter that was successfully tracked relative to manually tracking. COMPASS alone segmented, on average, 99.16% and 98.74% of each ureter in the training and test sets, respectively. COMPASS with Hessian enhancement segmented, on average, 97.89% and 99.63% of each ureter in the training and test sets, respectively. Although the difference did not reach statistical significance in this small test set, Hessian-enhanced tracking shows promise for overcoming certain types of difficult cases.

  6. Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma to the Contralateral Ureter: A Rare Phenomenon.

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    Dixon, Ashley; Tretiakova, Maria; Gore, John; Voelzke, Bryan B

    2016-01-01

    Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) to the contralateral ureter is a rare phenomenon. We report a metastatic RCC to the contralateral ureter 5 months after right radical nephrectomy for Fuhrman grade 3/4 clear cell adenocarcinoma with pathologic T3 staging. The distal ureter was excised followed by partial ileal ureteral substitution. Pathology confirmed metastatic clear cell RCC Fuhrman grade 2/4. Ileal ureteral substitution has been shown to provide good long-term functional outcomes and should be considered as a possible option for surgical treatment of ureteral metastasis. PMID:26793575

  7. Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma to the Contralateral Ureter: A Rare Phenomenon

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    Dixon, Ashley; Tretiakova, Maria; Gore, John; Voelzke, Bryan B.

    2015-01-01

    Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) to the contralateral ureter is a rare phenomenon. We report a metastatic RCC to the contralateral ureter 5 months after right radical nephrectomy for Fuhrman grade 3/4 clear cell adenocarcinoma with pathologic T3 staging. The distal ureter was excised followed by partial ileal ureteral substitution. Pathology confirmed metastatic clear cell RCC Fuhrman grade 2/4. Ileal ureteral substitution has been shown to provide good long-term functional outcomes and should be considered as a possible option for surgical treatment of ureteral metastasis. PMID:26793575

  8. Ectopic ureter in the horse: Three cases and a review of the literature

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    Pringle, John K.; Ducharme, Normand G.; Baird, John D.

    1990-01-01

    Ureterovesicular anastomosis resulted in resolution of the clinical signs of urinary incontinence in three horses with unilateral ectopic ureter. Follow-up of two of the horses ten months and three years later indicated no further urinary tract problems; the third horse died four days after surgery from intestinal infarction. Diagnosis can be readily confirmed by antegrade or retrograde ureterography, or endoscopic visualization of the ectopic ureteral openings. Nephrectomy appears indicated in cases of unilateral ectopic ureter with associated ipsilateral urinary tract infection or hydronephrosis, providing the contralateral kidney has normal function. Ureterovesicular anastomosis appears to be indicated in the management of unilateral ectopic ureters in the absence of ascending urinary tract infection or hydronephrosis, and in cases of bilateral ectopic ureters. ImagesFigure 1. PMID:17423490

  9. Initial Series of Four-Arm Robotic Completely Intracorporeal Ileal Ureter.

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    Chopra, Sameer; Metcalfe, Charles; Satkunasivam, Raj; Nagaraj, Shalini; Becker, Carlee; de Castro Abreu, Andre Luis; Azhar, Raed A; Gill, Inderbir; Desai, Mihir; Aron, Monish; Berger, Andre

    2016-04-01

    Ileal ureter formation has been found to be a suitable treatment option for long, chronic ureteral strictures not amendable to less invasive forms of repair. Minimally invasive surgical techniques for this condition have been investigated. We report the first series of robotic completely intracorporeal ileal ureter using a four-arm robotic technique. Three patients underwent this procedure, including one patient with a solitary kidney. All procedures were performed effectively with a median operative time of 450 minutes (range: 420-540) and median estimated blood loss of 100 mL (range: 50-200). Postoperatively, one patient suffered volvulus and subsequent necrosis of small bowel and ileal ureter, which required re-operation and small bowel resection, including the ileal ureter. The other two patients report no surgical complications to date. This early series represents preliminary technical procedure feasibility. Further experience is necessary. PMID:26859439

  10. Laparoscopic Single Site Surgery for Repair of Retrocaval Ureter in a Morbidly Obese Patient

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    Abdel-Karim, Aly M.; Yahia, Elsayed; Hassouna, M.; Missiry, M.

    2015-01-01

    This is to describe a case of a morbidly obese (BMI = 40) female with retrocaval ureter treated with laparoendoscopic single-site surgery. A JJ stent was positioned. A 2 cm umbilical access was created. A single port platform was positioned. The entire ureter was mobilized posterior to the vena cava and transected where the dilated portion ended. The distal ureter was repositioned lateral to the inferior vena cava. Anastomosis was done. A 3 mm trocar was used to assist suturing. At 4-month follow-up, CT revealed no evidence of obstruction of the right kidney and the patient was symptomless. Although challenging, in a morbidly obese patient, LESS repair for retrocaval ureter is feasible. PMID:26793585

  11. A Case of Complete Renal Duplex with H-Shaped Ureter

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    Ghobashy, A.; El-Shazly, M.; Lari, A.; Al-Hunaidy, O.; Allam, A.; Alenezy, N.; Yordanov, E.; Hathout, B.

    2012-01-01

    We present a case of complete renal duplex with H-shaped double ureter opening into the bladder with 2 separate orifices. It is an extremely rare variety of renal duplex which was reported only once in the literature. Fifty-four-year-old male presented to our department with right renal pain. Noncontrast CT revealed stone midthird right ureter with duplex right kidney. Retrograde ureteropyelography and ureteroscopy revealed this rare anomaly. PMID:22754706

  12. Bleeding ureter: endometriosis mascarading as a ureteral malignancy - a case report.

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    Babu, S M L Prakash; Sandeep, Puvvada; Pathade, Amey; Nagaraj, H K

    2014-10-01

    Ureteral endometriosis is a serious localization of disease burden that can lead to urinary tract obstruction, with subsequent hydroureter, hydronephrosis, and potential kidney loss. As the diagnosis is elusive, a heavy clinical suspicion is necessary. Surgical technique to treatment varies, but the goal is to salvage renal function and decrease disease burden. Here, we are presenting a rare case of bleeding ureter in a young lady who had endometriosis of the ureter. PMID:25478397

  13. Bleeding Ureter: Endometriosis Mascarading as a Ureteral Malignancy - A Case Report

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    Sandeep, Puvvada; Pathade, Amey; Nagaraj, H K

    2014-01-01

    Ureteral endometriosis is a serious localization of disease burden that can lead to urinary tract obstruction, with subsequent hydroureter, hydronephrosis, and potential kidney loss. As the diagnosis is elusive, a heavy clinical suspicion is necessary. Surgical technique to treatment varies, but the goal is to salvage renal function and decrease disease burden. Here, we are presenting a rare case of bleeding ureter in a young lady who had endometriosis of the ureter. PMID:25478397

  14. Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy and Management of the Distal Ureter: A Review of Current Techniques and Outcomes

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    Viprakasit, Davis P.; Macejko, Amanda M.; Nadler, Robert B.

    2009-01-01

    Laparoscopic nephroureterectomy (LNU) is becoming an increasingly common alternative treatment for transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the renal pelvis and ureter due to decreased perioperative morbidity, shorter hospitalization, and comparable oncologic control with open nephroureterectomy (ONU). Mobilization of the kidney and proximal ureter may be performed through a transperitoneal, retroperitoneal, or hand-assisted approach. Each technique is associated with its own benefits and limitations, and the optimal approach is often dictated by surgeon preference. Our analysis of the literature reflects equivalent cancer control between LPN and OPN at intermediate follow-up with significantly improved perioperative morbidity following LPN. Several methods for bladder cuff excision have been advocated, however, no individual technique for management of the distal ureter proved superior. Overall, complete en-bloc resection with minimal disruption of the urinary tract should be optimized to maintain oncologic outcomes. Longer follow-up and prospective studies are needed to fully evaluate these techniques. PMID:19148293

  15. Thulium fiber laser lithotripsy in an in vitro ureter model

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    Hardy, Luke A.; Wilson, Christopher R.; Irby, Pierce B.; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2014-12-01

    Using a validated in vitro ureter model for laser lithotripsy, the performance of an experimental thulium fiber laser (TFL) was studied and compared to the clinical gold standard holmium:YAG laser. The holmium laser (λ=2120 nm) was operated with standard parameters of 600 mJ, 350 μs, 6 Hz, and 270-μm-core optical fiber. The TFL (λ=1908 nm) was operated with 35 mJ, 500 μs, 150 to 500 Hz, and a 100-μm-core fiber. Urinary stones (60% calcium oxalate monohydrate/40% calcium phosphate) of uniform mass and diameter (4 to 5 mm) were laser ablated with fibers through a flexible video-ureteroscope under saline irrigation with flow rates of 22.7 and 13.7 ml/min for the TFL and holmium laser, respectively. The temperature 3 mm from the tube's center and 1 mm above the mesh sieve was measured by a thermocouple and recorded throughout each experiment for both lasers. Total laser and operation times were recorded once all stone fragments passed through a 1.5-mm sieve. The holmium laser time measured 167±41 s (n=12). TFL times measured 111±49, 39±11, and 23±4 s, for pulse rates of 150, 300, and 500 Hz, respectively (n=12 each). Mean peak saline irrigation temperatures reached 24±1°C for holmium, and 33±3°C, 33±7°C, and 39±6°C, for TFL at pulse rates of 150, 300, and 500 Hz, respectively. To avoid thermal buildup and provide a sufficient safety margin, TFL lithotripsy should be performed with pulse rates below 500 Hz and/or increased saline irrigation rates. The TFL rapidly fragmented kidney stones due in part to its high pulse rate, high power density, high average power, and observation of reduced stone retropulsion and may provide a clinical alternative to the conventional holmium laser for lithotripsy.

  16. Comparison of a New Polytetrafluoroethylene-Covered Metallic Stent to a Noncovered Stent in Canine Ureters

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    Chung, Hwan-Hoon Lee, Seung Hwa; Cho, Sung Bum; Park, Hong Suk; Kim, Young Sik; Kang, Byung Chul; Frisoli, Joan K.; Razavi, Mahmood K.

    2008-05-15

    The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of using a newly designed polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered metallic stent in the ureter by comparing its effectiveness with that of the noncovered stent in a canine model. We placed 14 stents in the ureters of seven mongrel dogs that weighed 30-40 kg each. The covered and noncovered stents were deployed in the right and left ureters, respectively, of six dogs. In the seventh dog, a covered stent and a double-J catheter were inserted in the right ureter, and a covered stent only was inserted in the left ureter. The first six dogs were sacrificed at 5, 10, and 15 weeks after deployment of the stents (two for each follow-up period), and the seventh dog was sacrificed at 30 weeks. There was no migration or poor expansion of any of the stents observed on plain radiography. On intravenous pyelogram and retrograde pyelogram, all of the covered stents at each follow-up period had patent lumens at the stented segments without hydronephrosis, and the passage of contrast material through it was well preserved. The noncovered stents in the dogs sacrificed at 5 and 10 weeks and one of the two dogs sacrificed at 15 weeks showed near-complete occlusion of the stent lumen due to ingrowth of the soft tissue, and severe hydronephrosis was also noted. The noncovered stent in the other dog sacrificed at 15 weeks showed the passage of contrast material without hydronephrosis, but the lumen of the stent was still nearly occluded by the soft tissue. There was no evidence of hydronephrosis or passage disturbance of the contrast material in both ureters of the dog sacrificed at 30 weeks. We conclude that the newly designed PTFE-covered stent effectively prevented the luminal occlusion caused by urothelial hyperplasia compared to the near-total occlusion of the noncovered stents, and no migration of the covered stents was noted.

  17. Effects of exteriorization of the ureters on the water metabolism of the domestic fowl

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    Dicker, S. E.; Haslam, J.

    1972-01-01

    1. Six domestic fowls were operated for exteriorization of the ureters. 2. Three weeks after the operation their food and water intake was compared with that of six unoperated control fowls of similar weight. 3. Water intake was calculated from the amount of water drunk, the metabolic water and the water content of the food eaten; while water loss was estimated from the water content of urine and faeces excreted and from evaporation. 4. Fowls with exteriorized ureters drank more than the control birds. The excess of water drunk by these birds approximated the amount of water lost in the urine. PMID:5071927

  18. IgG4-related Kidney Disease Mimicking Malignant Ureter Tumor: Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Lei, Wen-Hui; Xin, Jun; Shao, Chu-Xiao; Mao, Ming-Feng; Zhu, Chao-Yong; Wu, Chui-Fen; Jin, Lie

    2016-01-01

    Immunoglobulin G4-related disease is a recently recognized systemic disease that can affect any organ or tissue in the body, including the kidneys. IgG4-related kidney disease (IgG4-RKD) is an important part of immunoglobulin G4-related disease. The most common renal manifestation of IgG4-RKD is tubulointerstitial nephritis and glomerular lesions. There, however, is few case of IgG4-RKD mimicking malignant ureter tumor leading to severe hydronephrosis. We herein report an unusual case of IgG4-RKD mimicking malignancy.A 66-year-old Asian man presented to the nephrologist with soreness of loins, anorexia, and acute kidney injury in 2010. His renal function spontaneously improved after 2 weeks' hemodialysis without systemic steroid therapy. Four years later, he presented to the urologist with severe left hydronephrosis because of marked thickness of the left ureter wall. As a ureteral malignancy could not be ruled out, laparoscopic nephroureterectomy was performed.IgG4-related kidney disease was confirmed by the histologic examination. Then, repeat laboratory test showed almost complete recovery of renal function after initiation of steroidal therapy.This case highlights the rare possibility of IgG4-RKD mimicking malignant ureter tumor. Nephrologist and pathologists should be aware of the possibility that hydronephrosis with ureter obstruction may be involved in IgG4-RKD. PMID:26817905

  19. Lithiasis inside a blind-ending branch of a trifid ureter.

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    Baró, P R; Juliá, C L

    1989-01-01

    A case of lithiasis inside a blind-ending branch of a trifid ureter is presented. This is a very uncommon anomaly and its association with lithiasis is not previously reported. The diagnosis was made by means of excretory urography followed by computed tomography (CT). The embryology, classification, and clinical aspects of such malformation are discussed. PMID:2734973

  20. Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy: Oncologic Outcomes and Management of Distal Ureter; Review of the Literature

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    Berger, Andre; Fergany, Amr

    2009-01-01

    Introduction. Laparoscopic radical nephroureterectomy (LNU) is being increasingly performed at several centers across the world. We review oncologic outcomes after LNU procedure and the techniques for the management of distal ureter. Materials and Methods. A comprehensive review of the literature was performed on the oncological outcomes and management of distal ureter associated with LNU for upper tract transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). Results and Discussion. LNU for upper tract TCC is performed pure laparoscopically (LNU) or hand-assisted (HALNU). The management of the distal ureter is still debated. LNU appears to have superior perioperative outcomes when compared to open surgery. Intermediate term oncologic outcomes after LNU are comparable to open nephroureterectomy (ONU). Conclusions. Excision of the distal ureter and bladder cuff during nephroureterectomy remains controversial. Intermediate term oncologic outcomes for LNU compare well with ONU. Initial long-term oncologic outcomes are encouraging. Prospective randomized comparison between LNU and open surgery is needed to define the role of these modalities in the current context. PMID:19020656

  1. Laparoscopic Transvesical Resection of an En Bloc Bladder Cuff and Distal Ureter during Nephroureterectomy

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    Giannakopoulos, Stilianos; Toufas, George; Dimitriadis, Charalampos; Giannopoulos, Stavros; Kalaitzis, Christos; Bantis, Athanasios; Patris, Emmanuel; Touloupidis, Stavros

    2012-01-01

    Objective. The most appropriate technique for excising the distal ureter and bladder cuff during laparoscopic nephroureterectomy is still debated. We report our experience with a pure laparoscopic transvesical method that duplicates the long-standing open transvesical approach. Materials and Methods. Seven men and three women diagnosed with upper tract transitional cell carcinoma were treated with this procedure. Three intravesical ports were inserted, and pneumovesicum was established at 12 mmHg. Transvesical laparoscopic circumferential detachment of the bladder cuff and en bloc mobilization of the last centimeters of the distal ureter were performed, followed by the closure of the bladder defect. Subsequently, a nephrectomy was performed either laparoscopically or using an open flank approach. Results. The median age was 68.5 years. The procedure was completed uneventfully in all cases. The median operating time for distal ureter excision was 82.5 minutes (range 55–120). No complications directly related to the pneumovesicum method were recorded. The median follow-up period was 31 months (range 12–55). During the follow-up period, two patients (20%) died from the disease, and a bladder tumor developed in three cases (30%). Conclusion. The laparoscopic transvesical resection of the en bloc bladder cuff and distal ureter is a reliable, effective, and oncologically safe technique, at least in the midterm. PMID:23049475

  2. Y-type partial duplication of a vaginal ectopic ureter with ipsilateral hypoplastic pelvic kidney and bicornuate uterus.

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    Chen, Shushang; Zhu, Lingfeng; Yang, Shunliang; Tan, Jianming

    2013-06-01

    We present a case of vaginal ectopic ureter with ipsilateral partial duplication of the upper ureter (Y-type ureter), ipsilateral hypoplastic pelvic kidney and bicornuate uterus in a 20-year-old woman who presented with mild urinary incontinence since infancy. Ultrasonography, computed tomography and intravenous pyelography examination showed a left kidney with no evidence of a right kidney. Cystourethroscopy showed absence of the right hemitrigone. Magnetic resonance (MR) urography demonstrated the presence of a bicornuate uterus, an ectopic dysplastic right kidney in the pelvic cavity, and a right ureter that terminates in the vaginae fornix. The patient underwent right nephroureterectomy and urinary continence was restored completely. Although congenital malformations of the urinary tract are frequently associated with genital tract abnormalities, to best our knowledge, this is the first report of the coexistence of all of these anomalies in an individual. Our report also highlights the importance of MR urography in the diagnosis of such rare and complex anomalies. PMID:23712785

  3. [Reintervention after ureteroneocystostomy with special attention to replacement of ureter by an ileal loop (author's transl)].

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    Rothauge, C F; Pust, R; Weidner, W

    1980-01-01

    After unsuccessful primary 'simple' ureteroneocystostomy using the methods of Frisch-Boeminghaus, Röhl-Ziegler, and Politano-Leadbetter, a second surgical intervention often can be performed after the methods of Boari and Küss. After unsuccessful primary 'combined' ureteroneocystostomy (Boari-Küss), a further ureter reimplantation mostly is not possible. In specially selected cases of unsuccessful ureterovesicoplasty we used an ileal loop as ureteral replacement. Our control period in 8 (14) patients is now up to 15 years. Long-term controls have shown in most patients a change to better renal function. The most important facts are the preoperative renal reserve and the original disease. After replacement of the ureter by an ileal loop a regular short-term control of urinary infection, blood urea and electrolyte balance is unavoidable. PMID:7376297

  4. Concomitant Vesicouterine Rupture with Avulsion of Ureter: A Rare Complication of Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section

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    Thiek, J Lalnunnem; Sialo, Stephen; Ahanthem, Santa Singh

    2016-01-01

    Uterine rupture is the most serious and life threatening complication and occurs in 0.7-0.9% of vaginal birth after lower segment caesarean section. Cases of bladder rupture along with uterine rupture have been rarely reported and avulsion of ureter, required ureteric implantation is even rarer. This case report describe a very rare case of vesicouterine rupture with avulsion of ureter following vacuum assisted delivery in a grandmulti with previous lower segment cesarean section (LSCS). Haematuria is the most common presentation of bladder rupture. Antenatal counseling regarding this entity is recommended if woman opted for vaginal birth after cesarean section. Intrapartum and postpartum high index of suspicion are important in clinching the diagnosis.

  5. Invasive urothelial carcinoma with chordoid features of the ureter: a rare entity and review of literature

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    Wei, Jianguo; Yue, Zhenying; Song, Dianhang; Wang, Qiang; Teng, Xiaodong

    2015-01-01

    Invasive urothelial carcinoma (UC) is characterized by some histologic variants that can sometimes lead to diagnostic difficulty. In addition to those described by the World Health Organization. Recently invasive urothelial carcinoma with chordoid features (UCC) has been described as a distinct entity and there are relatively few reported cases in the English-language literature. To date 13 cases of UCC have been reported in 2 case series, respectively in 2009 and 2015. We report the 14th case in an 80-year-old female, and to the best of our knowledge this is the second case report of UCC in the ureter. She was admitted to our hospital with macroscopic haematuria and unspecific left lower abdominal pain. Computed tomography scan revealed a soft tissue nodule in the middle of the left ureter. The left nephroureterectomy was performed. Morphologically, 85% areas had acellular myxoid stroma was associated with the neoplastic cells. The neoplastic cells had scant eosinophilic cytoplasm and were arranged into cords closely mimicking chordoma or extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma. 15% areas was typical invasive urothelial carcinoma, and focal areas had transition phenomenon between them. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were positive for CK, 34βE12 and p63, but were negative for S100, AFP, CD34, Syn and CgA. The final histopathological diagnosis was UCC of the ureter. PMID:26823892

  6. Hydrogen Sulfide Plays a Key Role in the Inhibitory Neurotransmission to the Pig Intravesical Ureter

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    Fernandes, Vítor S.; Ribeiro, Ana S. F.; Martínez, Pilar; López-Oliva, María Elvira; Barahona, María Victoria; Orensanz, Luis M.; Martínez-Sáenz, Ana; Recio, Paz; Benedito, Sara; Bustamante, Salvador; García-Sacristán, Albino; Prieto, Dolores; Hernández, Medardo

    2014-01-01

    According to previous observations nitric oxide (NO), as well as an unknown nature mediator are involved in the inhibitory neurotransmission to the intravesical ureter. This study investigates the hydrogen sulfide (H2S) role in the neurogenic relaxation of the pig intravesical ureter. We have performed western blot and immunohistochemistry to study the expression of the H2S synthesis enzymes cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE) and cystathionine β-synthase (CBS), measurement of enzymatic production of H2S and myographic studies for isometric force recording. Immunohistochemical assays showed a high CSE expression in the intravesical ureter muscular layer, as well as a strong CSE-immunoreactivity within nerve fibres distributed along smooth muscle bundles. CBS expression, however, was not consistently observed. On ureteral strips precontracted with thromboxane A2 analogue U46619, electrical field stimulation (EFS) and the H2S donor P-(4-methoxyphenyl)-P-4-morpholinylphosphinodithioic acid (GYY4137) evoked frequency- and concentration-dependent relaxations. CSE inhibition with DL-propargylglycine (PPG) reduced EFS-elicited responses and a combined blockade of both CSE and NO synthase (NOS) with, respectively, PPG and NG-nitro-L-arginine (L-NOARG), greatly reduced such relaxations. Endogenous H2S production rate was reduced by PPG, rescued by addition of GYY4137 and was not changed by L-NOARG. EFS and GYY4137 relaxations were also reduced by capsaicin-sensitive primary afferents (CSPA) desensitization with capsaicin and blockade of ATP-dependent K+ (KATP) channels, transient receptor potential A1 (TRPA1), transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1), vasoactive intestinal peptide/pituitary adenylyl cyclase-activating polypeptide (VIP/PACAP) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptors with glibenclamide, HC030031, AMG9810, PACAP6–38 and CGRP8–37, respectively. These results suggest that H2S, synthesized by CSE, is involved in the inhibitory neurotransmission to the pig intravesical ureter, through an NO-independent pathway, producing smooth muscle relaxation via KATP channel activation. H2S also promotes the release of inhibitory neuropeptides, as PACAP 38 and/or CGRP from CSPA through TRPA1, TRPV1 and related ion channel activation. PMID:25415381

  7. TCC in Transplant Ureter-When and When Not to Preserve the Transplant Kidney.

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    Olsburgh, J; Zakri, R H; Horsfield, C; Collins, R; Fairweather, J; O'Donnell, P; Koffman, G

    2016-02-01

    We present four cases of transitional cell carcinoma of the transplant ureter (TCCtu). In three cases, localized tumor resection and a variety of reconstructive techniques were possible. Transplant nephrectomy with cystectomy was performed as a secondary treatment in one locally excised case. Transplant nephroureterectomy was performed as primary treatment in one case. The role of oncogenic viruses and genetic fingerprinting to determine the origin of TCCtu are described. Our cases and a systematic literature review illustrate the surgical, nephrological, and oncological challenges of this uncommon but important condition. PMID:26731492

  8. [Transitional carcinoma of the ureter with osseous metaplasia of the stroma: a case report].

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    Mege-Lechevallier, Florence; Cherasse, Arnaud; Ronze, Sbastien; Colombel, Marc; Scoazec, Jean-Yves

    2007-02-01

    Transitional cell carcinoma with osseous metaplasia of the stroma is a rare variant of urothelial carcinoma which must be distinguished from sarcomatoid carcinoma. We report here a further observation of this tumor variant, in a very unusual location, the ureter, in order to underline the radiological and pathological characteristics useful for the correct diagnosis, and to point out the problems of differential diagnosis. The diagnosis was made in an 85-year-old patient, presenting with chronic right lombalgias. Imaging studies showed a calcified thickening of the right ureter, associated with a major dilatation of the right excretory cavities and a parenchymal atrophy of the right kidney. A right nephro-ureterectomy was performed. Macroscopical examination showed an ossified, ill-limited tumor, measuring 4 cm in diameter, infiltrating the right ureteral wall. At histological examination, the lesion was identified as a high grade transitional cell carcinoma with extensive osseous metaplasia of the stroma. There was no evidence for a sarcomatous component (absence of mesenchymal cell proliferation, absence of mitosis in stromal cells). An early locoregional recurrence was observed three months after surgery. Our case report underlines the radiological and histological features of a rare variant of transitional cell carcinoma, which may be diagnosed by pre-operative imaging studies and which must be distinguished from a highly aggressive sarcomatoid carcinoma. PMID:17568360

  9. Sall1-dependent signals affect Wnt signaling and ureter tip fate to initiate kidney development

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    Kiefer, Susan M.; Robbins, Lynn; Stumpff, Kelly M.; Lin, Congxing; Ma, Liang; Rauchman, Michael

    2010-01-01

    Development of the metanephric kidney depends on precise control of branching of the ureteric bud. Branching events represent terminal bifurcations that are thought to depend on unique patterns of gene expression in the tip compared with the stalk and are influenced by mesenchymal signals. The metanephric mesenchyme-derived signals that control gene expression at the ureteric bud tip are not well understood. In mouse Sall1 mutants, the ureteric bud grows out and invades the metanephric mesenchyme, but it fails to initiate branching despite tip-specific expression of Ret and Wnt11. The stalk-specific marker Wnt9b and the ?-catenin downstream target Axin2 are ectopically expressed in the mutant ureteric bud tips, suggesting that upregulated canonical Wnt signaling disrupts ureter branching in this mutant. In support of this hypothesis, ureter arrest is rescued by lowering ?-catenin levels in the Sall1 mutant and is phenocopied by ectopic expression of a stabilized ?-catenin in the ureteric bud. Furthermore, transgenic overexpression of Wnt9b in the ureteric bud causes reduced branching in multiple founder lines. These studies indicate that Sall1-dependent signals from the metanephric mesenchyme are required to modulate ureteric bud tip Wnt patterning in order to initiate branching. PMID:20702564

  10. The Accordion Sign in the Transplant Ureter: Ramifications During Balloon Dilation of Strictures

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    Kriegshauser, J. Scott Naidu, Sailen G.; Chang, Yu-Hui H.; Huettl, Eric A.

    2015-04-15

    PurposeThis study was designed to demonstrate the accordion sign within the transplant ureter and evaluate its ramifications during balloon dilation of strictures.MethodsA retrospective electronic chart and imaging review included demographic characteristics, procedure reports, and complications of 28 renal transplant patients having ureteral strictures treated with percutaneous balloon dilation reported in our transplant nephrology database during an 8-year period. The accordion sign was deemed present or absent on the basis of an imaging review and was defined as present when a tortuous ureter became kinked and irregular when foreshortened after placement of a wire or a catheter. Procedure-related urine leaks were categorized as occurring at the stricture if within 2 cm; otherwise, they were considered away from the stricture.ResultsThe accordion sign was associated with a significantly greater occurrence of leaks away from the stricture (P = 0.001) but not at the stricture (P = 0.34).ConclusionsThe accordion sign is an important consideration when performing balloon dilation procedures on transplant ureteral strictures, given the increased risk of leak away from the stricture. Its presence should prompt additional care during wire and catheter manipulations.

  11. Preliminary results of laser tissue welding in extravesical reimplantation of the ureters

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    Kirsch, Andrew J.; Milton, Daniel T.; Dean, Gregory E.; Oz, Mehmet C.; Libutti, Steven K.; Treat, Michael R.; Nowygrod, Roman; Hensle, Terry W.

    1993-07-01

    One future use of laparoscopic technology is in extravesical reimplantation of the ureters. Technical difficulty arises, however, when intracorporal fine suturing is necessary. We have assessed the efficacy of laser-activated fibrinogen solder to close vesical muscle flaps over submucosal ureters (Lich-Gregoir technique) in a canine model. Four dogs were subjected to unilateral flap closures via a protein solder consisting of indocyanine green and fibrinogen applied to the serosal surface of the bladder and exposed to 808 nm continuous wave diode laser energy. Contralateral reimplantation was performed using 4 - 0 vicryl muscle flap closures and served as controls. Urinary drainage catheters were left in place for 24 hours postoperatively. At 7 (n equals 1), 14 (n equals 2), and 28 (n equals 1) days following reimplantation, intravenous pyelograms confirmed bilateral renal function and ureteral patency. Disruption of wound closures were considered the point of wound dehiscence, vesical diverticulum, or leakage. At intravesical pressures above 100 cm H2O there was no evidence of wound disruption in either of the groups. However, surrounding normal tissue was noted to disrupt. In conclusion, laser-welded vesical wound closures appear at least as strong as suture closures in the canine model.

  12. Ectopic Ureter

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  13. Comparison of Cajal-like cells in pelvis and proximal ureter of kidney with and without hydronephrosis

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    Balikci, Ömer; Turunç, Tahsin; Bal, Nebil; Çelik, Hüseyin; Özkardeş, Hakan

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objectives: To evaluate effects of Cajal-like cells on human renal pelvis and proximal ureter on peristalsis. Materials and Methods: 63 patients submitted to nephrectomy due to atrophic non-functional kidney associated with hydroureteronephrosis were included as study group and 30 cases with nephrectomy due to other reasons were included as control group. Samples from renal pelvis and proximal ureters were obtained and sections of 5μ form paraffin blocks of these samples were prepared; layers of lamina propria and muscularis mucosa were examined by immune-histochemistry using CD117 in order to determine count and distribution of Cajal-like cells. Results: During immune-histochemical examinations of sections, obtained from renal pelvis and proximal ureter of hydronephrotic kidneys by CD117, Cajal-like cells number determined in lamina propria and muscularis propria was statistically significantly lower compared to control group (p<0.001). Distribution of Cajal-like cells in renal pelvis and proximal tubulus was similar under examination by light microscope, and also both groups were not different from each other regarding staining intensity of Cajal-like cells by c-kit. Conclusion: Significantly reduced number of Cajal-like cells in study group compared to control group, shows that these cells may have a key role in regulation of peristalsis at level of renal pelvis and proximal ureter in urinary system. PMID:26742978

  14. Endoscopic treatment of vesicoureteric reflux with dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer (Deflux): Single-surgeon experience with 48 ureters

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    Chandrasekharam, V. V. S.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: VUR is a common urologic problem in children. Cystoscopic injection of bulking agents (most commonly Deflux) has gained popularity as the first line treatment in the west. However, primarily due to cost factors, it has not gained much popularity in our country. We present our initial experience with cystoscopic Deflux injection for VUR. Materials and Methods: We reviewed our 3-yr experience with the use of Dx/HA (Deflux) for correction of VUR in children and adolescents. All children were evaluated with Ultrasound, MCUG and DMSA renal cortical scan. The indications for surgical correction of VUR included breakthrough infections while on antibiotic prophylaxis, persistent high-grade VUR beyond 3 yrs of age, and presence of significant renal damage on DMSA at diagnosis (in those children presenting with UTI). All children underwent cystoscopic Deflux injection using the standard technique of subureteral injection (0.4-1 ml per ureter). All children received antibiotic prophylaxis for 3-6 months after the injection. USG was done at 1 month and MCUG at 3-6 months after the injection. Results: 33 patients (48 ureters) underwent cystoscopic Deflux injection for correction of VUR. Mean age was 4.5 yrs (1-17 yrs); there were 12 boys and 21 girls. Thirteen children had antenatally diagnosed HDN, while 20 children presented with febrile UTI. All children had primary VUR except one child with persistent VUR 4 yrs after PUV fulguration. The VUR was grade 1-2 in 8, grade 3-4 in 37, and grade 5 in 3 ureters. Every child had at least one ureter with dilating reflux (grades 3,4 or 5). When present, low grade VUR (grade 1or 2) was always on the contralateral side. Only one child received a 2nd injection after 6 months. Follow-up MCUG was done in 28 children (41 ureters). Complete reflux resolution was achieved in 27 ureters (65%), and the reflux was downgraded in 2 (5%). There were no complications of Deflux injection. Conclusions: Endoscopic correction of VUR in children is a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment for VUR. It stops or downgrades VUR in 70% of ureters. At present, we recommend it as a first-line treatment for grades 1-4 VUR requiring surgical management. Cost is the major factor limiting its use in our country. PMID:24082435

  15. Involvement of a glibenclamide-sensitive mechanism in the nitrergic neurotransmission of the pig intravesical ureter

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    Hernández, Medardo; Prieto, Dolores; Orensanz, Luis M; Barahona, María Victoria; Jiménez-Cidre, Miguel; Rivera, Luis; García-Sacristán, Albino; Simonsen, Ulf

    1997-01-01

    The present study was designed to investigate whether potassium (K+) channels are involved in the relaxations to nitric oxide (NO) of pig intravesical ureteral preparations suspended in organ baths for isometric tension recordings. In ureteral strips treated with guanethidine (10−5 M) and atropine (10−7 M) to block adrenergic neurotransmission and muscarinic receptors, respectively, NO was either released from nitrergic nerves by electrical field stimulation (EFS, 0.5–10 Hz, 1 ms duration, 20 s trains), or exogenously-applied as an acidified solution of sodium nitrite (NaNO2, 10−6–10−3 M).Incubation with an inhibitor of guanylate cyclase activation by NO, methylene blue (10−5 M) did not change the basal tension of intravesical ureteral strips but inhibited the relaxation induced by EFS or exogenous NO on ureteral preparations contracted with the thromboxane analogue U46619 (10−7 M).Incubation with charybdotoxin (3×10−8 M) and apamin (5×10−7 M), which are inhibitors of large and small conductance calcium (Ca2+)-activated K+ channels, respectively, did not modify basal tension or the relaxations induced by EFS and exogenous NO. Treatment with charybdotoxin or apamin plus methylene blue (10−5 M) significantly reduced the relaxations to EFS and exogenous NO. However, in both cases the reductions were similar to the inhibition evoked by methylene blue alone. The combined addition of charybdotoxin plus apamin did not change the relaxations to EFS or exogenously added NO of the porcine intravesical ureter.Cromakalim (10−8–3×10−6 M), an opener of ATP-sensitive K+ channels, evoked a dose-dependent relaxation with a pD2 of 7.3±0.2 and maximum relaxant effect of a 71.8±4.2% of the contraction induced by U46619 in the pig intravesical ureter. The blocker of ATP-sensitive K+ channels, glibenclamide (10−6 M), inhibited markedly the relaxations to cromakalim.Glibenclamide (10−6 M) had no effect on the basal tone of ureteral preparations but significantly reduced the relaxations induced by both EFS and exogenous NO. Combined treatment with methylene blue (10−5 M) and glibenclamide (10−6 M) did not exert an effect greater than that of methylene blue alone on either EFS- or NO-evoked relaxations of the pig ureter.The present results suggest that NO acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the pig intravesical ureter and relaxes smooth muscle through a guanylate cyclase-dependent mechanism which seems to favour the opening of glibenclamide-sensitive K+ channels. PMID:9051298

  16. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Localized Ureter Transitional Cell Carcinoma: Three Case Reports

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    Maehata, Yoshiyasu; Kuriyama, Kengo; Aoki, Shinichi; Araya, Masayuki; Marino, Kan; Onishi, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The gold standard management for ureter transitional cell carcinoma (UTCC) is radical nephroureterectomy with excision of the bladder cuff. However, some patients cannot undergo this procedure for several reasons. In the case reports described herein, we performed stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) on three patients with inoperable or surgery-rejected localized UTCC. Two out of the three patients did not develop local recurrence or distant metastasis during the observation period. However, recurrence was detected in the bladder of one patient 22 months after the treatment. No acute or late adverse events occurred in any of the three patients. SBRT may become one of the treatment options for inoperable or surgery-rejected UTCC patients. PMID:26442166

  17. [Traumatic lesions of the ureter in pelvic surgery. Apropos of 10 cases].

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    Viville, C

    1979-01-01

    For ureteral lesions without loss of substance our preferences are, at the level of the lesion, either for end-to-end ureteral suture, or antireflux uretero-vesical reimplantation. For ureteral lesions with loss of substance we prefer the psoas bladder, if the bladder is healthy, large and supple, or inter-ureteral anastomosis if the bladder for some reason (radiotherapy, retracted bladder, small "blocked pelvis") is not available. Synthetic ureteral prosthesis may be a rapid and elegant solution in cancer patients with a limited hope of survival. Guided by these principles, we have repaired 10 ureters : 1 by ureterolysis, 2 by end-to-end suture, 3 by inter-ureteral anastomosis, 4 by antireflux uretero-vesico reimplantation. These 10 repairs gave 9 successes. The only failure (end-to-end ureteral suture) was due to our lack of experience, for in a similar case we would now perform an inter-ureteral anastomosis. PMID:438317

  18. A rare pediatric case of grossly dilated ureter presenting as abdominal mass.

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    Srivastava, Madhur Kumar; Govindarajan, Krishna Kumar; Chakkalakkoombil, Sunitha Vellathussery; Halanaik, Dhanapathi

    2016-01-01

    Renal masses account for 55% of cases presenting as palpable abdominal mass in children.[1] An eight year male presented with palpable abdominal mass and pain. The patient underwent renal dynamic scan, which raised possibility of left duplex kidney with non-functioning moiety, as the size of left kidney was smaller than seen on Ultrasonography (USG). Magnetic resonance (MR)urography confirmed the findings with patient undergoing left hemi-nephrectomy and is doing well. In case of discrepancy in size of kidney on USG and renal scan, duplex kidney should be considered as differential, other causes being, renal cyst, benign/malignant mass and renal calculi. Gross hydro-ureter presenting as palpable abdominal mass is very rare with few reported cases.[234]. PMID:26917905

  19. A rare pediatric case of grossly dilated ureter presenting as abdominal mass

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    Srivastava, Madhur Kumar; Govindarajan, Krishna Kumar; Chakkalakkoombil, Sunitha Vellathussery; Halanaik, Dhanapathi

    2016-01-01

    Renal masses account for 55% of cases presenting as palpable abdominal mass in children.[1] An eight year male presented with palpable abdominal mass and pain. The patient underwent renal dynamic scan, which raised possibility of left duplex kidney with non-functioning moiety, as the size of left kidney was smaller than seen on Ultrasonography (USG). Magnetic resonance (MR)urography confirmed the findings with patient undergoing left hemi-nephrectomy and is doing well. In case of discrepancy in size of kidney on USG and renal scan, duplex kidney should be considered as differential, other causes being, renal cyst, benign/malignant mass and renal calculi. Gross hydro-ureter presenting as palpable abdominal mass is very rare with few reported cases.[234] PMID:26917905

  20. Lipid Cell and Micropapillary Variants of Urothelial Carcinoma of the Ureter

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    Miyama, Yu; Morikawa, Teppei; Nakagawa, Tohru; Homma, Yukio; Fukayama, Masashi

    2015-01-01

    We report on a case of urothelial carcinoma (UC) with lipid cell and micropapillary variants in the ureter. A 64-year-old man presented with gross hematuria. Urinary cytology revealed the presence of atypical urothelial cells. Computed tomography and drip infusion/retrograde pyelography identified a mass-occupying lesion in the left mid-ureter, as well as left hydronephrosis. A clinical diagnosis of left ureteral cancer was given and the patient underwent left nephroureterectomy. Microscopically, the major component of the tumor was a conventional high-grade UC. In the invasive region, however, lipid cell and micropapillary variants of UC were also observed. Upon immunohistochemical analysis, all of the components were diffusely positive for cytokeratin 7 and p53. Intense membranous expression of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) was also observed in both the lipid cell and micropapillary variants of UC, whereas weak and incomplete staining was observed in most regions of the conventional UC. The pathological stage was pT3 N2. Multiple times, the patient experienced recurrence of the UC in the urinary bladder and urethra. Although the patient underwent total cystectomy and urethrectomy, 52 months following the initial surgery, signs of local recurrence developed, as well as multiple lymph node and bone metastases. The patient died 75 months following the initial surgery. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a lipid cell variant of ureteral UC. The overexpression of HER2 may be associated with both the lipid cell and micropapillary variants of UC. PMID:26668574

  1. Expectant Management of Ureter Stones: Outcome and Clinical Factors of Spontaneous Passage in a Single Institution's Experience

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    Tchey, Dong-Un; Ha, Yun Sok; Kim, Won Tae; Yun, Seok Joong; Kim, Wun Jae

    2011-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of ureter stones with expectant management and the clinical factors associated with stone passage in Koreans. Materials and Methods We reviewed the charts of patients who visited the emergency room or urological office of our institution with acute renal colic between 2001 and 2008. A total of 656 ureter stone formers were enrolled in this study who had decided to be treated by expectant management. Clinical data such as gender, age, size and location of the stone, body mass index, and previous stone history were analyzed to find the factors related to spontaneous passage of ureter stones. Results Of the 656 ureter stones, 566 stones (86.3%) were spontaneously expelled. Mean duration of follow-up was 17.5 days (range, 1 to 100 days). Mean time to stone passage was 6.8 days for stones less than 2 mm in size, 12.6 days for stones 2 to 4 mm, 14.8 days for stones 4 to 6 mm, and 21.8 days for stones 6 to 8 mm (p<0.001). The cumulative spontaneous passage rate was 55.3% in 7 days, 73.7% in 14 days, 88.5% in 28 days, and 97.7% in 60 days after the first attack. A total of 90 patients (13.7%) required interventions because of symptom relapse or renal deterioration that was related to the location and size of the stone (each, p<0.001). The more proximal the location and the larger the stone was than 6 mm, the less the chance of spontaneous passage (each, p<0.001). Conclusions Size and location of ureter stones are the most important factors for predicting the spontaneous passage of the stone. If a patient has a distal ureter stone of less than 6 mm in size, it is acceptable for the urologist to observe for spontaneous passage for 2 months. PMID:22216398

  2. Intraoperative Management of an Incidentally Identified Ectopic Ureter Inserting Into the Prostate of a Patient Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer: A Case Report.

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    Singhal, Udit; Dauw, Casey A; Li, Amy Y; Miller, David C; Wolf, J Stuart; Morgan, Todd M

    2015-08-01

    Congenital variations in urinary tract anatomy present unique surgical challenges when they present without prior knowledge. Ectopic ureters occur as a rare anatomic variation of the urinary tract and are often associated with duplicated renal collecting systems. While the condition is uncommon, even more atypical is its discovery and subsequent diagnosis during surgical intervention for treatment of localized prostate cancer.We describe the intraoperative management of a unique case of bilateral ectopic ureters, with a right-sided ureter inserting into the prostate of a 54-year-old male undergoing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy. While unknown at the time of surgery, this right-sided ureter was associated with a nonfunctioning right upper renal moiety of a duplex renal collecting system. This aberration was discovered intraoperatively and confirmed with imaging, and a robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy with right distal ureterectomy was performed. PMID:26266359

  3. Intraoperative Management of an Incidentally Identified Ectopic Ureter Inserting Into the Prostate of a Patient Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer

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    Singhal, Udit; Dauw, Casey A.; Li, Amy Y.; Miller, David C.; Wolf, J. Stuart; Morgan, Todd M.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Congenital variations in urinary tract anatomy present unique surgical challenges when they present without prior knowledge. Ectopic ureters occur as a rare anatomic variation of the urinary tract and are often associated with duplicated renal collecting systems. While the condition is uncommon, even more atypical is its discovery and subsequent diagnosis during surgical intervention for treatment of localized prostate cancer. We describe the intraoperative management of a unique case of bilateral ectopic ureters, with a right-sided ureter inserting into the prostate of a 54-year-old male undergoing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy. While unknown at the time of surgery, this right-sided ureter was associated with a nonfunctioning right upper renal moiety of a duplex renal collecting system. This aberration was discovered intraoperatively and confirmed with imaging, and a robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy with right distal ureterectomy was performed. PMID:26266359

  4. Major difference between rat and guinea-pig ureter in the ability of agonists and caffeine to release Ca2+ and influence force.

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    Burdyga, T V; Taggart, M J; Wray, S

    1995-01-01

    1. We have investigated the internal Ca2+ store and its ability to affect contraction by simultaneously measuring force and Ca2+ in the ureter from guinea-pig and rat. Both species responded in a similar manner to electrical stimulation and depolarization with high-K+, generating plateau-type action potentials and increasing intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) and force. 2. In the guinea-pig, carbachol had no effect on [Ca2+]i and force in the resting ureter. In contrast, resting rat ureter always responded with a large [Ca2+]i rise and maintained force to carbachol in Ca(2+)-containing solution, and in Ca(2+)-free solution it showed a transient increase in [Ca2+]i and force. This Ca2+ release and force development was also present in both polarized and high-K(+)-depolarized preparations and was insensitive to nifedipine, suggesting the presence of a receptor-coupled pathway of Ca2+ release in rat ureter. 3. Caffeine was able to produce a release of Ca2+ from the internal store of guinea-pig ureter and elicit contraction. However, rat ureter failed to respond to caffeine. In the presence of La3+, the caffeine response in the guinea-pig ureter and carbachol response in the rat ureter, elicited in Ca(2+)-free solutions, were always increased and prolonged and could be repeatedly evoked, suggesting similarity in Ca2+ uptake behaviour of the store in both species. 4. Ryanodine blocked the caffeine responses of the guinea-pig ureter elicited both in Ca(2+)-containing and Ca(2+)-free solutions, both in the absence and presence of La3+. However, ryanodine failed to prevent the rat ureter responding to carbachol, suggesting that carbachol was releasing Ca2+ from a ryanodine-insensitive channel in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). 5. Cyclopiazonic acid, which inhibits the SR Ca(2+)-ATPase, abolished the effects of both caffeine and carbachol in Ca(2+)-free solutions in guinea-pig and rat, respectively. 6. We conclude that there is a major difference in the mechanisms of Ca2+ release in the internal Ca2+ store of smooth muscle from guinea-pig and rat ureter. The data suggest that the guinea-pig store is purely a calcium-induced calcium release (CICR)-type store and that the rat store is a pure receptor-operated Ca2+ store. PMID:8847629

  5. Suprapubic transvesical single-port technique for control of lower end of ureter during laparoscopic nephroureterectomy for upper tract transitional cell carcinoma

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    Ahlawat, Rajesh K.; Gautam, Gagan

    2011-01-01

    Context: Various minimally invasive techniques – laparoscopic, endoscopic or combinations of both - have been described to handle the lower ureter during laparoscopic nephroureterectomy but none has received wide acceptance. Aims: We describe an endoscopic technique for the management of lower end of ureter during laparoscopic nephroureterectomy using a single suprapubic laparoscopic port. Materials and Methods: Transurethral resectoscope is used to make a full thickness incision in the bladder cuff around the ureteric orifice from 1 o’clock to 11 o’clock. A grasper inserted through the transvesical suprapubic port is used to retract the ureter to complete the incision in the bladder cuff overlying the anterior aspect of the ureteric orifice. The lower end of ureter is subsequently sealed with a clip applied through the port. This is followed by a laparoscopic nephrectomy and the specimen is removed by extending the suprapubic port incision. Our technique enables dissection and control of lower end of ureter under direct vision. Moreover, surgical occlusion of the lower end of the ureter prior to dissection of the kidney may decrease cell spillage. The clip also serves as a marker for complete removal of the specimen. Results: Three patients have undergone this procedure with an average follow up of 19 months. Operative time for the management of lower ureter has been 35, 55 and 40 minutes respectively. A single recurrence was detected on the opposite bladder wall after 9 months via a surveillance cystoscopy. There has been no residual disease or any other locoregional recurrence. Conclusions: The described technique for management of lower end of ureter during laparoscopic nephroureterectomy adheres to strict oncologic principles while providing the benefit of a minimally invasive approach. PMID:21814308

  6. Characterization of the 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors mediating contraction in the pig isolated intravesical ureter

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    Hernández, Medardo; Barahona, María Victoria; Simonsen, Ulf; Recio, Paz; Rivera, Luis; Martínez, Ana Cristina; García-Sacristán, Albino; Orensanz, Luis M; Prieto, Dolores

    2003-01-01

    This study was designed to investigate the effect of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and to characterize the 5-HT receptors involved in 5-HT responses in the pig intravesical ureter. 5-HT (0.01–10 μM) concentration-dependently increased the tone of intravesical ureteral strips, whereas the increases in phasic contractions were concentration-independent. The 5-HT2 receptor agonist α-methyl 5-HT, mimicked the effect on tone whereas weak or no response was obtained with 5-CT, 8-OH-DPAT, m-chlorophenylbiguanide and RS 67333, 5-HT1, 5-HT1A, 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 receptor agonists, respectively. 5-HT did not induce relaxation of U46619-contracted ureteral preparations. Pargyline (100 μM), a monoaminooxidase A/B activity inhibitor, produced leftward displacements of the concentration-response curves for 5-HT. 5-HT-induced tone was reduced by the 5-HT2 and 5-HT2A receptor antagonists ritanserine (0.1 μM) and spiperone (0.2 μM), respectively. However, 5-HT contraction was not antagonized by cyanopindolol (2 μM), SDZ–SER 082 (1 μM), Y-25130 (1 μM) and GR 113808 (0.1 μM), which are respectively, 5-HT1A/1B, 5-HT2B/2C, 5-HT3, and 5-HT4 selective receptor antagonists. Removal of the urothelium did not modify 5-HT-induced contractions. Blockade of neuronal voltage-activated sodium channels, α-adrenergic receptors and adrenergic neurotransmission with tetrodotoxin (1 μM), phentolamine (0.3 μM) and guanethidine (10 μM), respectively, reduced the contractions to 5-HT. However, physostigmine (1 μM), atropine (0.1 μM) and suramin (30 μM), inhibitors of cholinesterase activity, muscarinic- and purinergic P2-receptors, respectively, failed to modify the contractions to 5-HT. These results suggest that 5-HT increases the tone of the pig intravesical ureter through 5-HT2A receptors located at the smooth muscle. Part of the 5-HT contraction is indirectly mediated via noradrenaline release from sympathetic nerves. PMID:12522083

  7. Primary adenocarcinoma of the renal pelvis, ureter and the urinary bladder: A case report and review of the literature

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    XIONG, XING; JIA, LINGHUA; WANG, JINGEN

    2016-01-01

    Primary adenocarcinoma is a rare type of urological neoplasm. The present study reports the case of a 55-year-old man with multifocal adenocarcinoma of the renal pelvis, ureter and urinary bladder that occurred in association with a large cystic calculus and perinephric abscess. The patient had suffered from gross hematuria for 2 years and right flank pain for 2 months. Following a series of investigations, a large cystic calculus with multiple tumors in the renal pelvis and ureter was identified. Multifocal tumors and a large calculus were located in the bladder using a cystoscope. The pathological report of 3 individual biopsies revealed a moderately differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma. Right nephrectomy, ureterectomy, radical cystectomy and left ureterocutaneostomy were performed. The pathological investigation revealed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of the renal pelvis, ureter and urinary bladder. No additional treatment was administered and the patient remains alive at follow-up without disease recurrence or metastasis. Although uncommon, the development of a tumor is possible in patients that possess long-standing urolithiasis, particularly when accompanied by hydronephrosis or infection. PMID:26998081

  8. Catheter-based intraluminal optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the ureter: ex-vivo correlation with histology in porcine specimens.

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    Mueller-Lisse, Ulrike L; Meissner, Oliver A; Babaryka, Gregor; Bauer, Margit; Eibel, Roger; Stief, Christian G; Reiser, Maximilian F; Mueller-Lisse, Ullrich G

    2006-10-01

    Intraluminal optical coherence tomography (OCT) applies coherent light to provide cross-sectional images with a spatial resolution of 10-25 microm. We compared OCT and matching whole-mount histology microscopy sections of porcine upper ureters ex vivo for visualization and delineation of different tissue layers of the ureteral wall. Porcine ureters (six specimens, 24 quadrants) were flushed with normal saline solution prior to insertion of the OCT catheter (diameter, 0.014 inch, OCT wavelength, 1,300+/-20 nm). Cross-sectional OCT images were obtained in marked locations before specimens were fixed in 4% formalin, cut at marked locations, whole-mounted, and stained with hematoxilin and eosin. Visualization and delineation of different tissue layers of the ureteral wall by OCT was compared with matching histology by two independent observers (O1,O2). OCT distinguished tissue layers of the ureteral wall in all quadrants. In OCT images, O1/O2 delineated urothelium and lamina propria in 23/24 quadrants, lamina propria and muscle layer in 19/16 quadrants, inner and outer muscle layer in 13/0 quadrants, and urothelial cell layers in 13/2 quadrants, respectively. Intraluminal OCT provides histology-like images of the ureter in porcine specimens ex vivo and reliably distinguishes between urothelium and deeper tissue layers of the ureteral wall. PMID:16572332

  9. [Free peritoneal patch grafts in surgery on renal pelvis and ureter (author's transl)].

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    Stadie, G; Schneider, H J; Brundig, P

    1981-09-01

    36 operations of the renal pelvis or ureter were carried out in 35 patients. In all these cases a split stenosis or a tissue defect were covered by free peritoneal patches. Urographic controls of 30 patients showed 29 good or very good results. The following statements can be made: 1. In cases of a secondary scarred stenosis, of renal pelvic or ureteral wall defects, plastic operations of intrarenal pelvis of transsinus operations of staghorn calculi the splitting with splinting and covering by autologous tissue seems to represent a suitable operation. -- 2. As material the renal capsule, the venous wall and the peritoneum are suitable. -- 3. In cases of severe ureteral stenoses, which have to be resected, especially in cases of considerable differences of the ureteral lumen, the semicircular suture with covering should be preferred to the circular suture. -- 4. The covering of the defects by patches of autologous material reduces the time of the postoperative urinary diversion with all its dangers and the period of hospitalization. -- 5. In cases of a short covered stenoses (up to 4 cm) postoperative disturbance of the transport or urine was observed only once. The results of stenoses, longer than 4 cm, cannot yet be evaluated. PMID:7197416

  10. Memokath Metallic Stent in the Treatment of Transplant Kidney Ureter Stenosis or Occlusion

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    Boyvat, Fatih E-mail: boyvatf@yahoo.com; Aytekin, Cuneyt; Colak, Turan; Firat, Ali; Karakayali, Hamdi; Haberal, Mehmet

    2005-04-15

    Purpose. To determine the efficacy of the Memokath 051 stent (Engineers and Doctors, Hornbaek, Denmark) in the treatment of recurrent ureteral stenosis or occlusion in transplant kidneys. Methods. From October 1985 through January 2004, 1,131 renal transplantations were performed at our center. Four patients who developed recurrent renal transplant ureter obstruction had nephrostomy catheters placed. Antegrade pyelography showed ureteral stenosis in three cases and complete occlusion in one patient. In each case, a Memokath 051 stent was inserted via an antegrade approach. Mean follow-up was 20 months (range 18-21 months). Creatinine levels were measured and ultrasonography was performed during follow-up. Results. All stent procedures were technically successful. During follow-up, one stent migrated within 10 days after stent insertion and was removed cystoscopically. Another stent had to be removed in the 14th month due to resistant infection, and was replaced with a new Memokath 051 stent which remained patent for another 8 months. The other two stents were fully patent at the 18th and 21st month of follow-up, respectively. Conclusion. Placement of a Memokath 051 stent appears to be a promising treatment alternative to balloon dilation, double-J stents and open surgical intervention for ureteral stenosis or occlusion in kidney transplant recipients. Further study of larger series is necessary.

  11. Mutations in TBX18 Cause Dominant Urinary Tract Malformations via Transcriptional Dysregulation of Ureter Development.

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    Vivante, Asaf; Kleppa, Marc-Jens; Schulz, Julian; Kohl, Stefan; Sharma, Amita; Chen, Jing; Shril, Shirlee; Hwang, Daw-Yang; Weiss, Anna-Carina; Kaminski, Michael M; Shukrun, Rachel; Kemper, Markus J; Lehnhardt, Anja; Beetz, Rolf; Sanna-Cherchi, Simone; Verbitsky, Miguel; Gharavi, Ali G; Stuart, Helen M; Feather, Sally A; Goodship, Judith A; Goodship, Timothy H J; Woolf, Adrian S; Westra, Sjirk J; Doody, Daniel P; Bauer, Stuart B; Lee, Richard S; Adam, Rosalyn M; Lu, Weining; Reutter, Heiko M; Kehinde, Elijah O; Mancini, Erika J; Lifton, Richard P; Tasic, Velibor; Lienkamp, Soeren S; Jppner, Harald; Kispert, Andreas; Hildebrandt, Friedhelm

    2015-08-01

    Congenital anomalies of the kidneys and urinary tract (CAKUT) are the most common cause of chronic kidney disease in the first three decades of life. Identification of single-gene mutations that cause CAKUT permits the first insights into related disease mechanisms. However, for most cases the underlying defect remains elusive. We identified a kindred with an autosomal-dominant form of CAKUT with predominant ureteropelvic junction obstruction. By whole exome sequencing, we identified a heterozygous truncating mutation (c.1010delG) of T-Box transcription factor 18 (TBX18) in seven affected members of the large kindred. A screen of additional families with CAKUT identified three families harboring two heterozygous TBX18 mutations (c.1570C>T and c.487A>G). TBX18 is essential for developmental specification of the ureteric mesenchyme and ureteric smooth muscle cells. We found that all three TBX18 altered proteins still dimerized with the wild-type protein but had prolonged protein half life and exhibited reduced transcriptional repression activity compared to wild-type TBX18. The p.Lys163Glu substitution altered an amino acid residue critical for TBX18-DNA interaction, resulting in impaired TBX18-DNA binding. These data indicate that dominant-negative TBX18 mutations cause human CAKUT by interference with TBX18 transcriptional repression, thus implicating ureter smooth muscle cell development in the pathogenesis of human CAKUT. PMID:26235987

  12. Overexpression of Heme Oxygenase-1 Prevents Renal Interstitial Inflammation and Fibrosis Induced by Unilateral Ureter Obstruction

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    Li, Jian-Si; Zhang, Qing-Fang; Wang, Yu-Xiao; Zhao, Shi-Lei; Yu, Jing; Wang, Chang; Qin, Ying; Wei, Qiu-Ju; Lv, Gui-Xiang; Li, Bing

    2016-01-01

    Renal fibrosis plays an important role in the onset and progression of chronic kidney diseases. Many studies have demonstrated that heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is involved in diverse biological processes as a cytoprotective molecule, including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-apoptotic, antiproliferative, and immunomodulatory effects. However, the mechanisms of HO-1 prevention in renal interstitial fibrosis remain unknown. In this study, HO-1 transgenic (TG) mice were employed to investigate the effect of HO-1 on renal fibrosis using a unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO) model and to explore the potential mechanisms. We found that HO-1 was adaptively upregulated in kidneys of both TG and wild type (WT) mice after UUO. The levels of HO-1 mRNA and protein were increased in TG mice compared with WT mice under normal conditions. HO-1 expression was further enhanced after UUO and remained high during the entire experimental process. Renal interstitial fibrosis in the TG group was significantly attenuated compared with that in the WT group after UUO. Moreover, overexpression of HO-1 inhibited the loss of peritubular capillaries. In addition, UUO-induced activation and proliferation of myofibroblasts were suppressed by HO-1 overexpression. Furthermore, HO-1 restrained tubulointerstitial infiltration of macrophages and regulated the secretion of inflammatory cytokines in UUO mice. We also found that high expression of HO-1 inhibited reactivation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling, which could play a crucial role in attenuating renal fibrosis. In conclusion, these data suggest that HO-1 prevents renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis possibly by regulating the inflammatory response and Wnt/β-catenin signaling. This study provides evidence that augmentation of HO-1 levels may be a therapeutic strategy against renal interstitial fibrosis. PMID:26765329

  13. Different muscarinic receptor subtypes mediating the phasic activity and basal tone of pig isolated intravesical ureter.

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    Hernández, M.; Símonsen, U.; Prieto, D.; Rivera, L.; García, P.; Ordaz, E.; García-Sacristán, A.

    1993-01-01

    1. We have studied the effects of muscarinic cholinoceptor agonists and specific antagonists on both phasic activity and basal tone of the isolated intravesical ureter of the pig by means of isometric techniques in vitro. 2. Acetylcholine in the presence and absence of physostigmine increased both phasic activity and basal tone of ureteral strips in a concentration-dependent manner. Moreover carbachol, methacholine and oxotremorine-M increased both contractile parameters while bethanechol and McN-A-343 evoked only increases in tone without affecting the frequency of the phasic contractions. 3. The nicotinic receptor blocker, hexamethonium (10(-6)-10(-4) M), failed to modify the contractions evoked by a single dose of carbachol (10(-5) M), whilst the muscarinic antagonist, atropine inhibited both phasic and tonic responses. 4. The muscarinic M1 (pirenzepine), M2 (AF-DX 116 and methoctramine), M3 (4-DAMP, HHSiD and p-F-HHSiD), and putative M4 receptor (tropicamide) antagonists significantly reversed increases in both frequency of phasic activity and baseline tone induced by a submaximal dose of carbachol (10(-5) M). The pIC50 values for inhibition of the induced phasic activity were: atropine (10.16) > 4-DAMP (9.12) > HHSiD (8.22) = methoctramine (7.98) = p-F-HHSiD (7.88 > tropicamide (7.62) = pirenzepine (7.53) = AF-DX 116 (7.45) and for inhibition of basal tone were: atropine (10.73) > 4-DAMP (9.32) > HHSiD (8.65) = pirenzepine (8.43) = p-F-HHSiD (8.38) > methoctramine (7.79) > tropicamide (7.53) > AF-DX 116 (7.04).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7905771

  14. Particle motion in unsteady two-dimensional peristaltic flow with application to the ureter.

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    Jiménez-Lozano, Joel; Sen, Mihir; Dunn, Patrick F

    2009-04-01

    Particle motion in an unsteady peristaltic fluid flow is analyzed. The fluid is incompressible and Newtonian in a two-dimensional planar geometry. A perturbation method based on a small ratio of wave height to wavelength is used to obtain a closed-form solution for the fluid velocity field. This analytical solution is used in conjunction with an equation of motion for a small rigid sphere in nonuniform flow taking Stokes drag, virtual mass, Faxén, Basset, and gravity forces into account. Fluid streamlines and velocity profiles are calculated. Theoretical values for pumping rates are compared with available experimental data. An application to ureteral peristaltic flow is considered since fluid flow in the ureter is sometimes accompanied by particles such as stones or bacteriuria. Particle trajectories for parameters that correspond to calcium oxalates for calculosis and Escherichia coli type for bacteria are analyzed. The findings show that retrograde or reflux motion of the particles is possible and bacterial transport can occur in the upper urinary tract when there is a partial occlusion of the wave. Dilute particle mixing is also investigated, and it is found that some of the particles participate in the formation of a recirculating bolus, and some of them are delayed in transit and eventually reach the walls. This can explain the failure of clearing residuals from the upper urinary tract calculi after successful extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. The results may also be relevant to the transport of other physiological fluids and industrial applications in which peristaltic pumping is used. PMID:19518250

  15. The Effect of Terpene Combination on Ureter Calculus Expulsion After Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

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    Kim, Dai Hee; Goh, Hyeok Jun; Lee, Ho Won; Kim, Kyu Shik; Kim, Yong Tae; Moon, Hong Sang; Lee, Seung Wook

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Terpene combination (Rowatinex) is known to help with the expulsion of urinary stones. The aim of this study was to determine how Rowatinex affects the expulsion of remnant stones after shock wave lithotripsy (SWL). Materials and Methods Clinical data were collected retrospectively from 499 patients with a diagnosis of ureteral stones who underwent SWL from January 2009 to August 2012. Ureteral stones were diagnosed in all patients by kidney, ureter, and bladder x-ray and abdominal computed tomography (CT). The progress of patients was documented every 2 weeks to confirm remnant stones after SWL. The patients with remnant stones underwent SWL again. Group 1 consisted of patients who were prescribed an analgesic, Tamsulosin 0.2 mg, and Rowatinex. Group 2 consisted of patients who were prescribed only an analgesic and Tamsulosin 0.2 mg. The expulsion rate of urinary stones was compared between groups. Results The expulsion rate of urinary stones was not significantly different between the two groups after 2 weeks. However, after 4 weeks, group 1 had a significantly higher expulsion rate (72.2% compared with 61.1%, p=0.022). Fifteen patients (10.2%) in group 1 and 40 (11.4%) in group 2 had to undergo ureteroscopic removal of the stone (p=0.756). Acute pyelonephritis occurred in one patient (0.7%) in group 1 and in one patient (0.3%) in group 2 (p=0.503). Conclusions The long-term administration of Rowatinex for 4 weeks increased the expulsion rate of urinary stones after SWL. PMID:24466395

  16. AB155. Primary large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of ureter: a case report and review of the literature

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    Dai, Zhihong; Liu, Zhiyu

    2016-01-01

    Objective Large cell neriendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) is an extremely rare malignant tumor in the ureter. To investigate the etiology, clinical manifestation, diagnosis and treatment of LCNEC. Methods We report a case of a 74-year-old woman who complained of right lower back pain and discomfort with intermittent hematuria was admitted to our hospital in 2012. Urinary ultrasound showed right kidney hydronephrosis and left ureteral expansion. The patient did not present clinical symptoms, neither frequent micturition, micturition pain, nor urinary urgency. The blood routine and biochemical parameters were within normal range, except for an elevated serum creatinine level of 156 umol/L and serum urea level of 11.2 mmol/L. Voiding urethrocystography was performed three times, but the results were negative. As the patient with poor renal function and did not undergo the enhanced computed tomography (CT). CT non-contrast enhanced scan revealed atrophy of the left kidney, right hydronephrosis and a space-occupying lesion (20 mm × 16 mm) in the right lower ureter that was preliminarily considered a ureteral tumor. Emission CT of the kidney showed impaired renal function, as evidenced by a marked decrease in the glomerular filtration rate of the left kidney (7.2 mL/min) and a compensatory increase in the glomerular filtration rate of the right kidney (71.3 mL/min). Flexible ureteroscopes were performed in the patient for further examination, which revealed the ureter clogged by a long strips and gray color stiff mass, with the scope inserted 6 cm to the right ureterostoma. The surface of mass biopsy showed change like urothelial carcinoma. Nephroureterectomy should be perform based on the biopsy result, but considering the patient had single kidney and poor renal function, then the affected ureteric segment was excised, and the ureters were repaired by end-to-end anastomosis with a double-J tube for internal drainage. During the operation, the lesion, approximately 3 cm × 1 cm, was found in the ureter about 4 cm away from the bladder, the ureteric segment was excised 1 cm from the tumor and had pathological examination. Results Postoperative pathological examination with hematoxylin-eosin and immunohistochemical staining (positive expression for synaptophysin, chromogranin A and CD56, Ki 67 70%) indicated LCNEC, and the two cut edges of the ureter were free of tumor. The patient refused either adjuvant chemotherapy or radiotherapy and alive without evidence of tumor recurrence or metastasis for 25 months after surgery. Conclusions LCNEC is a rare and high aggressive tumor. Pathological examination and immunohistochemical staining are the most important diagnostic procedures. Due to the rarity of ureteral LCNEC, there are no standard treatment options, early surgical treatment may contribute to the prognosis.

  17. Regulation of intracellular pH in the smooth muscle of guinea-pig ureter: HCO3- dependence.

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    Aickin, C C

    1994-01-01

    1. HCO3(-)-dependent mechanisms involved in the regulation of intracellular pH (pHi) were characterized using double-barrelled pH-sensitive microelectrodes in smooth muscle cells of the isolated guinea-pig ureter. 2. Removal of external Cl- in the presence of CO2-HCO3- caused a transient alkalosis, consistent with the presence of Cl(-)-HCO3- exchange, before pHi slowly recovered. Recovery from acidosis in the presence of CO2-HCO3- was not affected, at a time when intracellular Cl- would have been maximally depleted, indicating that a counter transport of Cl- and HCO3- was not involved. The recovery was also not affected by amiloride, indicating that Na(+)-H+ exchange was not involved. 3. A transient hyperpolarization was associated with the recovery from acidosis in the presence of CO2-HCO3-, consistent with rheogenic coupling of Na(+)-HCO3- cotransport. However, depolarization caused by elevation of the extracellular potassium (K+o) concentration, which should favour inward transport by the rheogenic mechanism, caused a fall in pHi and decreased the rate of recovery from acidosis. Furthermore, ouabain abolished the transient hyperpolarization without affecting the recovery of pHi. It is concluded that Na(+)-HCO3- cotransport in the ureter is electroneutral. 4. Recovery from acidosis in the presence of CO2-HCO3- was insensitive to DIDS even after prolonged pre-equilibriation and extreme acidosis. The results suggest that Na(+)-HCO3- cotransport in the ureter is insensitive to DIDS and that Cl(-)-HCO3- exchange does not reverse to contribute to the extrusion of acid equivalents. A HCO3- conductance may account for the Na(+)-independent, HCO3(-)-dependent recovery from extreme acidosis. 5. Recovery from experimentally induced alkalosis was inhibited by Cl(-)-free conditions and by DIDS, indicating that Cl(-)-HCO3- exchange was involved. 6. It is concluded that pHi in the smooth muscle of guinea-pig ureter is controlled by three transport mechanisms. By far the most important is an electroneutral Na(+)-HCO3- cotransporter. Na(+)-H+ exchange appears to play little role in the presence of the physiological buffer. Both of these mechanisms extrude acid equivalents and so protect the cell against its fairly substantial intrinsic intracellular acid loading. Cl(-)-HCO3- exchange, on the other hand, is stimulated by intracellular alkalosis to transport acid equivalents into the cell and so restore a more normal pHi. PMID:7528276

  18. Microscopic and ultrastructural lesions of the ureter and renal pelvis in sows with regard to Actinobaculum suis infection.

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    Woldemeskel, M; Drommer, W; Wendt, M

    2002-09-01

    Tissues from ureter and renal pelvis of 18 sows naturally (n = 15) and experimentally (n = 3) infected with Actinobaculum suis (former Actinomyces, Eubacterium suis) were studied using light and scanning as well as transmission electron microscopy. The results were compared with the findings from 11 clinically healthy sows as controls. The lesions in both the ureter and renal pelvis of naturally and experimentally infected animals were similar. In severe cases there were necrotizing ureteritis and pyelitis with accumulation of bacterial colonies in some cases. Several superficial epithelial cells were found phagocytosing necrotic debris. In mild cases the main lesions included epithelial cell hyperplasia, desquamation of the superficial epithelial cells and goblet cell metaplasia with intraepithelial cyst formation. The goblet cells were found in the superficial as well as in the intermediate cell layers. Generally, it was observed that severe purulent ureteritis and pyelitis/ pyelonephritis in sows were to be expected only in mixed infection of A. suis with other bacteria. The findings were compared and discussed with the changes in the infected urinary bladder of sows and the alterations induced by urinary tract infection in man. PMID:12440789

  19. A mathematical simulation of the ureter: effects of the model parameters on ureteral pressure/flow relations.

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    Vahidi, Bahman; Fatouraee, Nasser; Imanparast, Ali; Moghadam, Abbas Nasiraei

    2011-03-01

    Ureteral peristaltic mechanism facilitates urine transport from the kidney to the bladder. Numerical analysis of the peristaltic flow in the ureter aims to further our understanding of the reflux phenomenon and other ureteral abnormalities. Fluid-structure interaction (FSI) plays an important role in accuracy of this approach and the arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) formulation is a strong method to analyze the coupled fluid-structure interaction between the compliant wall and the surrounding fluid. This formulation, however, was not used in previous studies of peristalsis in living organisms. In the present investigation, a numerical simulation is introduced and solved through ALE formulation to perform the ureteral flow and stress analysis. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are used as the governing equations for the fluid, and a linear elastic model is utilized for the compliant wall. The wall stimulation is modeled by nonlinear contact analysis using a rigid contact surface since an appropriate model for simulation of ureteral peristalsis needs to contain cell-to-cell wall stimulation. In contrast to previous studies, the wall displacements are not predetermined in the presented model of this finite-length compliant tube, neither the peristalsis needs to be periodic. Moreover, the temporal changes of ureteral wall intraluminal shear stress during peristalsis are included in our study. Iterative computing of two-way coupling is used to solve the governing equations. Two phases of nonperistaltic and peristaltic transport of urine in the ureter are discussed. Results are obtained following an analysis of the effects of the ureteral wall compliance, the pressure difference between the ureteral inlet and outlet, the maximum height of the contraction wave, the contraction wave velocity, and the number of contraction waves on the ureteral outlet flow. The results indicate that the proximal part of the ureter is prone to a higher shear stress during peristalsis compared with its middle and distal parts. It is also shown that the peristalsis is more efficient as the maximum height of the contraction wave increases. Finally, it is concluded that improper function of ureteropelvic junction results in the passage of part of urine back flow even in the case of slow start-up of the peristaltic contraction wave. PMID:21303180

  20. High-grade Carcinoma of the Proximal Ureter With Negative Nephroureteroscopy Detected by a Positive FISH Test: A Rare Case Report

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    Zhang, Guoxian; Steinbach, Daniel; Gajda, Miezcyslaw; Franiel, Tobias; Grimm, Marc-Oliver; Horstmann, Marcus

    2015-01-01

    Upper tract urothelial carcinomas in the proximal ureter are an uncommon disease. We present a case in which it was firstly detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization and not by endoscopy and radiologic imaging. Consequently, a radical nephroureterectomy with excision of the bladder cuff was performed as the gold standard treatment. PMID:26793540

  1. High-grade Carcinoma of the Proximal Ureter With Negative Nephroureteroscopy Detected by a Positive FISH Test: A Rare Case Report.

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    Zhang, Guoxian; Steinbach, Daniel; Gajda, Miezcyslaw; Franiel, Tobias; Grimm, Marc-Oliver; Horstmann, Marcus

    2015-09-01

    Upper tract urothelial carcinomas in the proximal ureter are an uncommon disease. We present a case in which it was firstly detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization and not by endoscopy and radiologic imaging. Consequently, a radical nephroureterectomy with excision of the bladder cuff was performed as the gold standard treatment. PMID:26793540

  2. A novel ureter dilatation method for replacing hydromantic perfusion pump during ureteroscopic lithotripsy in patients with ureteral calculi and ibroepithelial polyps.

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    Li, Tengcheng; Fang, Youqiang; Wu, Jieying; Zhou, Xiangfu

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the clinical value of a novel ureter dilatation method during ureteroscopic pneumatic lithotripsy in patients with ureteral calculi and polyps. Clinical information of 86 patients with ureter calculi and polyps who underwent ureteroscopic pneumatic lithotripsy was reviewed. A cavity-distention machine was used in 44 cases to inject normal saline for keeping clear operation view (cavity-distention machine-assisted group). A high handled water bag with artificial water injection (traditional pneumatic lithotripsy group) was used in 42 cases. The total operation time, time of stone removal, stone clearance rate and surgery complications were compared between two groups. All operations were successful with no patients transferred to open surgery. No ureter breakage or avulsion occurred in two groups. Two patients in traditional pneumatic lithotripsy group suffered from ureter perforation. In cavity-distention machine-assisted group and traditional pneumatic lithotripsy group, the total operation time was 30.1±4.8 min and 36.2±6.0 min, respectively (t=-5.22, P<0.01); the time of stone removal was 6.4±1.3 min and 9.3±1.5 min, respectively (t=-9.59, P<0.01); the stone clearance rate was 100% (44/44) and 95.2% (40/42; upper ureter stone immigrated to the renal pelvis in 2, and extraorgan shock wave lithotripsy was performed), respectively. Thus, intraoperative infusion of saline with a cavity-distention machine may replace the hydromantic perfusion pump to maintain a clear operation view and favor the stone removal in lesser time. This method has important clinical value in the treatment of ureteral calculi and polyps. PMID:24753755

  3. The relationship between the action potential, intracellular calcium and force in intact phasic, guinea-pig uretic smooth muscle

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    Burdyga, T V; Wray, Susan

    1999-01-01

    We investigated the relationship between the action potential, Ca2+ and phasic force in intact guinea-pig ureter, following physiological activation. The action potential elicited a Ca2+ transient consisting of three components: a fast increment, associated with the first action potential spike, a slower increment, associated with subsequent spikes and the initial part of the plateau component, and a steady-state phase associated with the plateau. Prolongation of the plateau, by agonists, prolonged the third component of the Ca2+ transient and increased force amplitude and duration. The force-Ca2+ relationship during phasic contractions showed hysteresis; more force was produced as Ca2+ declined than when it rose. Paired pulse stimuli suggested that the delay between Ca2+ and force was not due to mechanical properties. Wortmannin, which has been shown to selectively inhibit force and myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation in the guinea-pig ureter, did not affect electrical activity or Ca2+ but significantly increased the delay, suggesting that myosin phosphorylation is a major contributor to it. Prolongation of the duration of the [Ca2+]i transient, at unchanged amplitude, increased force. The rise of [Ca2+]i did not limit the rate of contraction. Slowing of the rate of [Ca2+]i rise abolished the hysteresis between Ca2+ and force. Cooling reduced force, increased the delay and hysteresis between Ca2+ and force, but did not affect the rate of rise of Ca2+. The reduction in force could be compensated, by increasing the duration of the Ca2+ transient. We suggest that in vivo, steady-state force-Ca2+ relationships are not applicable in phasic smooth muscles. Furthermore, agonists increase force mainly by prolonging the action potential, which increases the duration of the [Ca2+] signal. PMID:10545150

  4. The effects of beta-adrenoceptor agonists on KCl-induced rhythmic contraction in the ureter of guinea pig.

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    Yamamoto, Y; Koike, K

    2000-02-01

    In the present study, we tried to determine what effects were induced by beta-adrenoceptor agonists on 40 mM KCl-induced rhythmic contraction and to clarify which beta-adrenoceptor subtypes are involved in the regulation of ureter motility in the guinea pig by using in vitro functional analysis. 40 mM KCl-induced rhythmic contraction was abolished by papaverine (10(-6) M), nicardipine (10(-5) M) and cromakalim (10(-5) M), but was not influenced by atropine (10(-6) M). Isoprenaline decreased the amplitude, and changed the pattern of 40 mM KCl-induced rhythmic contraction in concentration-dependent manner. These results suggest the possibility that the stimulation of beta-adrenoceptors may regulate the ureteral peristalsis. Salbutamol (selective beta2-AR agonist) and CGP12177 (beta(1,2)-AR antagonist and beta3-AR partial agonist) were also effective in decreasing the amplitude and changing the pattern of the rhythmic contraction. The pD2 values of agonists were 7.57 (isoprenaline), 5.80 (CGP12177) and 7.63 (salbutamol), respectively. The concentration-response curves of isoprenaline and salbutamol were rightward shifted by the presence of propranolol, and the apparent pA2 values for propranolol against isoprenaline and salbutamol were 7.12 and 6.29, respectively. These results suggest that inhibition for 40 mM KCl-induced rhythmic contraction of the ureter by isoprenaline and salbutamol mediated mainly via atypical beta-adrenoceptor subtype. PMID:10830474

  5. Chromophore enhanced laser welding of canine ureters in vitro using a human protein solder: a preliminary step for laparoscopic tissue welding.

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    Poppas, D; Sutaria, P; Sosa, R E; Mininberg, D; Schlossberg, S

    1993-09-01

    Laser welding of the genitourinary tract has the potential advantage of forming an immediate watertight seal. It may obviate the need for sutures, eliminate the inherent lithogenic reaction to suture, and potentially improve healing. In the current study we employed a KTP-532 laser in vitro to weld canine ureters. Ureters were transected over a stent and immediately repaired using the KTP-532 laser (power density 7.14 W/cm.2, spot size = 0.5 cm.) alone or in combination with different tissue solders. Solders consisted of 40% human albumin alone or with the addition of iron oxide or fluorescein as light absorbing dyes (chromophores). Following the repairs, intraluminal bursting strength and the total energy required to complete the repairs were measured. The KTP laser alone was not able to achieve a satisfactory repair. Successful ureteral repairs were achieved in all solder groups while maintaining ureteral continuity at supraphysiologic pressures. PMID:8345583

  6. Metabolic and cellular alterations underlying the exaggerated renal prostaglandin and thromboxane synthesis in ureter obstruction in rabbits. Inflammatory response involving fibroblasts and mononuclear cells.

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    Okegawa, T; Jonas, P E; DeSchryver, K; Kawasaki, A; Needleman, P

    1983-01-01

    Unilateral ureter obstruction in rabbits produced profound changes in endogenous and exogenous renal arachidonic acid metabolism. Isolated perfused hydronephrotic kidneys (removed after 3 or 10 d of ureter obstruction) responded to bradykinin stimulation with a markedly enhanced release of prostaglandin E2 and thromboxane A2. Reversal (3 or 10 d) of the ureter obstruction resulted in a reduction in the vasoactive peptide-induced release of prostaglandin E2 and thromboxane A2 from the perfused hydronephrotic kidney. However, postobstruction reversal of prostaglandin production by the agonist-stimulated perfused kidney was not reflected in the cortical microsomal cyclooxygenase activity, which is greatly enhanced during ureter obstruction and does not decrease after removal of the obstruction. Histological analysis of the renal cortex in rabbits with ureteral obstruction revealed a proliferation of fibroblast-like cells and the presence of mononuclear cells; removal of the obstruction did not result in a disappearance of cortical fibroblasts but did result in a decrease of monocytes. The critical involvement of mononuclear cells in the exaggerated arachidonate metabolism that occurs during hydronephrosis was exhibited by the demonstration that: (a) only the perfused hydronephrotic rabbit kidney responded to administration of endotoxin with a sustained release of prostaglandin E2 and thromboxane A2; (b) the contralateral rabbit kidney, which is devoid of mononuclear cells, did not respond to endotoxin; and (c) the hydronephrotic cat kidney, which exhibits a fibroblast proliferation with a low number of mononuclear cells, did not respond to endotoxin. Thus, proliferation of fibroblast-like cells and the presence of mononuclear cells appear to be involved in the exaggerated prostaglandin and thromboxane production underlying hydronephrosis. The increase in microsomal cyclooxygenase activity is apparently most closely correlated with the increased fibroblastic activation and cellularity, whereas mononuclear cells (possibly via monokines) seem to be critical for the markedly enhanced prostaglandin and thromboxane release induced by endotoxin and bradykinin. Images PMID:6848562

  7. Philureter trigoniopsis, a new genus and species (Dactylogyridae, Ancyrocephalinae) from the ureters and urinary bladder of Galaxias maculatus (Osmeriformes: Galaxiidae) in Patagonia (Argentina).

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    Viozzi, G P; Gutiérrez, P A

    2001-04-01

    The monotypic Philureter n. gen. (Ancyrocephalinae; Dactylogyridae) is proposed to accommodate Philureter trigoniopsis n. sp. with the following features: presence of a cuplike ventral haptor armed with 14 hooks and 2 anchor/bar complexes; dorsal pair of anchors poorly defined and variable in shape, 1 frequently absent; tandem, intercecal gonads, testis bilaterally lobulated. Philureter trigoniopsis n. sp. is described from the ureters and urinary bladder of Galaxias maculatus (Jenyns, 1842) (Osmeriformes) in Patagonian Andean lakes, Argentina. PMID:11318570

  8. Correlation of Traditional Point a With Anatomic Location of Uterine Artery and Ureter in Cancer of the Uterine Cervix

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    Wang, K.-L.; Yang, Y.-C.; Chao, K. S. Clifford Wu, M.-H.; Tai, H.-C.; Chen, T.-C.; Huang, M.-C.; Chen, J.-R.; Su, T.-H.; Chen, Y.-J.

    2007-10-01

    Purpose: Point A, used for dose specification for intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical cancer, is the point at which the uterine artery and ureter cross. This study assessed compatibility of commonly used traditional point A (TPA) and actual anatomic point A (APA). Methods and Materials: We visualized and placed radiopaque clips at the APA during pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy in 11 patients with cervical carcinoma. Orthogonal and oblique radiographs were obtained after insertion of brachytherapy applicators. We measured the distance between the TPA and APA and estimated the brachytherapy dose to each of the two points. Results: A total of 64 brachytherapy treatments were performed. The mean distances between the TPA and APA were 5.2 {+-} 1.0 cm on the right and 5.4 {+-} 1.1 cm on the left. The estimated brachytherapy doses delivered to the APA as a percentage of the presumed 500-cGy fraction size to the TPA were 35.2% (176.6 {+-} 59.0 cGy) on the right and 30.0% (150.2 {+-} 42.9 cGy) on the left. The marked discrepancy in the position of the two points was not related to individual kinetic variations during brachytherapy treatment, tumor size, or bladder filling. Conclusions: The conventional TPA does not provide an accurate estimate of the APA determined during lymphadenectomy, indicating a need to reevaluate the current practice for determining the brachytherapy prescription for cervical cancer. ( (ClinicalTrials.gov) Identifier, NCT00319462)

  9. Rho-kinase inhibition and electromechanical coupling in rat and guinea-pig ureter smooth muscle: Ca2+-dependent and -independent mechanisms

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    Shabir, S; Borisova, L; Wray, Susan; Burdyga, T

    2004-01-01

    Recent data have shown Ca2+-dependent activation of Rho-kinase by sustained depolarization of arterial smooth muscle. Visceral smooth muscles, however, contract phasically in response to action potentials and it is unclear whether Ca2+-dependent or -independent Rho-kinase activation occurs. We have therefore investigated this, under physiologically relevant conditions, in intact ureter. Action potentials, ionic currents, Ca2+ transients, myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation and phasic contraction evoked by action potentials in guinea-pig and rat ureter were investigated. In rat, but not guinea-pig ureter, three Rho-kinase inhibitors, Y-27632, HA-1077 and H-1152, significantly decreased phasic contractions and Ca2+ transients. Voltage- and current-clamp data showed that Rho-kinase inhibition reduced the plateau component of the action potential, inhibited Ca2+-channels and, indirectly, Ca2+-activated Cl− channels. The Ca2+ channel agonist Bay K8644 could reverse these effects. The K+ channel blocker TEA could also reverse the inhibitory effect of Y-27632 on the action potential and Ca2+ transient. Ca2+ transients and inward current, activated by carbachol-induced sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+release, were not affected by Rho-kinase inhibition. Rho-kinase inhibition produced a Ca2+-independent increase in the relaxation rate of contraction, associated with acceleration of MLC dephosphorylation, which was sensitive to calyculin A. These data show for the first time that: (1) Rho-kinase has major effects on Ca2+ signalling associated with the action potential, (2) this effect is species dependent and (3) Rho-kinase controls relaxation of phasic contraction of myogenic origin. Thus Rho-kinase can modulate phasic smooth muscle in the absence of agonist, and the mechanisms are both Ca2+-dependent, involving ion channels, and Ca2+-independent, involving MLC phosphorylation activity. PMID:15331677

  10. AB178. Holmium laser resection of the distal ureter and bladder cuff during radical nephroureterectomy for patients with pelvis or ureteral cancer

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    Ge, Yongchao

    2016-01-01

    Objective To explore the feasibility of transurethral resection for the distal ureter and bladder cuff in radical nephroureterectomy for the treatment of upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma (UUT-UC). Methods A total of 76 patients with renal pelvic carcinoma or upper tract urothelial carcinoma during July 2003 to December 2011 were retrospective analyzed. All patients were divided into two groups according to doctor’s suggestion and their wishes. Thirty-six patients of them received excision of the distal ureter and bladder cuff by transurethral Holmium laser (cystoscopy group) combined with open nephroureterectomy, and 40 patients of them underwent open surgery (open surgery group).The operation time, postoperative activity time, and postoperative hospital stay in the two groups were compared. Results All operations were completed successfully in both groups. Compared with Open Surgery Group, the operation time [(177.2±36.9) vs. (229.6±28.1) min, t=−7.004, P=0.000], postoperative activity time [(2.7±0.7) vs. (4.1±1.0) d, t=−6.802, P=0.000] and hospital stay [(6.9±1.0) vs. (8.6±1.5) d, t=−5.448, P=0.000] of cystoscopy group were shorter. No recurrence or metastasis was observed from a follow-up of 6–120 months (median=32 months) in the two groups. Conclusions Transurethral surgery is superior to traditional open surgery in trauma degree and postoperative recovery time. Transurethral Holmium laser resection of the distal ureter and bladder cuff is a minimally invasive and safety technique in the nephroureterectomy for the treatment of UTUC.

  11. Optimal Skin-to-Stone Distance Is a Positive Predictor for Successful Outcomes in Upper Ureter Calculi following Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy: A Bayesian Model Averaging Approach

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    Cho, Kang Su; Jung, Hae Do; Ham, Won Sik; Chung, Doo Yong; Kang, Yong Jin; Jang, Won Sik; Kwon, Jong Kyou; Choi, Young Deuk; Lee, Joo Yong

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To investigate whether skin-to-stone distance (SSD), which remains controversial in patients with ureter stones, can be a predicting factor for one session success following extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) in patients with upper ureter stones. Patients and Methods We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 1,519 patients who underwent their first ESWL between January 2005 and December 2013. Among these patients, 492 had upper ureter stones that measured 4–20 mm and were eligible for our analyses. Maximal stone length, mean stone density (HU), and SSD were determined on pretreatment non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT). For subgroup analyses, patients were divided into four groups. Group 1 consisted of patients with SSD<25th percentile, group 2 consisted of patients with SSD in the 25th to 50th percentile, group 3 patients had SSD in the 50th to 75th percentile, and group 4 patients had SSD≥75th percentile. Results In analyses of group 2 patients versus others, there were no statistical differences in mean age, stone length and density. However, the one session success rate in group 2 was higher than other groups (77.9% vs. 67.0%; P = 0.032). The multivariate logistic regression model revealed that shorter stone length, lower stone density, and the group 2 SSD were positive predictors for successful outcomes in ESWL. Using the Bayesian model-averaging approach, longer stone length, lower stone density, and group 2 SSD can be also positive predictors for successful outcomes following ESWL. Conclusions Our data indicate that a group 2 SSD of approximately 10 cm is a positive predictor for success following ESWL. PMID:26659086

  12. Right sided double inferior vena cava with obstructed retrocaval ureter: Managed with single incision multiple port laparoscopic technique using "Santosh Postgraduate Institute tacking ureteric fixation technique"

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    Singh, Shivanshu; Garg, Nitin

    2015-01-01

    Right double inferior vena cava with obstructed retrocaval ureter is an extremely rare anomaly with only a few reported cases in the literature. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report describing ureteric repair by use of a single-incision laparoscopic technique. In addition, this report addresses the underlying surgical challenges of this repair and provides a brief review of the embryology of this anomaly. The "Santosh Postgraduate Institute ureteric tacking fixation technique" provides ease of end-to-end uretero-ureteric anastomosis in a single-incision laparoscopic surgery. PMID:25874048

  13. Injury - kidney and ureter

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    ... injury Removing the entire kidney ( nephrectomy ), draining the space around the kidney, or stopping the bleeding via ... BA. Acute kidney injury. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine . 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: ...

  14. Investigation of factors affecting the intracellular sodium activity in the smooth muscle of guinea-pig ureter.

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    Aickin, C C

    1987-01-01

    1. The intracellular Na+ activity (aNai) of the smooth muscle cells from guinea-pig ureter has been measured using double-barrelled Na+-sensitive micro-electrodes. aiNa in modified Krebs solution at 35 degrees C was of a mean 7.4 +/- 2.9 mM (n = 32, S.D. of an observation), equivalent to a Na+ equilibrium potential (ENa) of +66.7 mV. Membrane potential (Em) was of a mean -50.8 +/- 4.6 mV. 2. Inhibition of the Na+ pump by application of ouabain or removal of external K+ (K+o) resulted in a restricted rise of aNai. The rate of rise was faster in the presence of ouabain (10(-4) M) but the stabilized aNai was not significantly different from that observed after the prolonged absence of K+o. The mean aiNa recorded after prolonged Na+ pump inhibition was 20.6 +/- 5.5 mM (n = 28), equivalent to an ENa of +39.6 mV. Neither removal of K+o after aNai had stabilized in the presence of ouabain nor application of ouabain after aNai had stabilized in K+-free solution caused a rise in aiNa, suggesting that the Na+ pump was fully inhibited by either procedure. 3. Reduction of Na+o resulted in a rapid fall in aiNa against the electrochemical gradient, both before and after Na+ pump inhibition. At each level of Na+o, aNai stabilized such that ENa remained approximately constant in either condition. Readdition of Na+o resulted in a rapid recovery of aNai. 4. Elevation of Ca2+o (at constant Na+o) caused a fall in aNai of much the same time course as that observed on reduction of Na+o, both before and after Na+ pump inhibition. The extent of the fall was dependent upon the initial aNai. Reduction of Ca2+o resulted in a rise in aNai. 5. Elevation of the external divalent cation concentration with Mn2+ or, to a lesser extent, Mg2+ reduced aiNa in the presence of a functional Na+ pump. But after prolonged exposure to ouabain or K+-free solution, elevation of Mg2+o had no effect on aiNa while application of Mn2+o caused a slow rise. These results suggest that Ca2+o affects aiNa in two ways. One is mimicked by Mg2+ and Mn2+ and is probably due to alteration of the Na+ leak. The other is a specific effect, revealed by Na+ pump inhibition. 6. It is concluded that aiNa can be maintained far from equilibrium in the absence of a functional Na+ pump. Several lines of evidence are discussed which indicate the participation of Na+-Ca2+ exchange in Na+ extrusion in this condition. PMID:2443670

  15. Regulation of intracellular pH in the smooth muscle of guinea-pig ureter: Na+ dependence.

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    Aickin, C C

    1994-01-01

    1. Mechanisms involved in the regulation of intracellular pH (pHi) in smooth muscle cells of guinea-pig ureter have been investigated using double-barrelled pH-sensitive microelectrodes in isolated strips of tissue. 2. Removal of CO2-HCO3- from the superfusing solution caused a fall in the steady-state pHi except in a few cells which had been excised from the animal for many hours (usually > 24 h). The pHi value was 7.22 +/- 0.09 (n = 89; mean +/- S.D. of an observation) in solution buffered with 5% CO2-21 mM HCO3-, compared with 6.92 +/- 0.24 (n = 67) in the nominal absence of CO2-HCO3-. Recovery from experimentally induced acidosis was faster in the presence, rather than nominal absence, of CO2-HCO3- (mean half-times of 2.7 +/- 0.7 min, n = 41, and 4.6 +/- 1.3 min, n = 12, respectively). These results suggest the presence of both HCO(3-)-dependent and -independent mechanisms for the effective extrusion of acid equivalents. 3. Recovery from acidosis was dependent on external Na+ (Na+o) in both the presence and nominal absence of CO2-HCO3-, with an apparent half-maximal activation at approximately 4 and 20 mM Na+o, respectively. Removal of Na+o in the steady state caused a fall in pHi which proceeded at a faster rate in the presence rather than in the nominal absence of CO2-HCO3-. 4. Amiloride (100 microM-1 mM) reversibly inhibited the recovery from acidosis and caused a fall in the steady-state pHi when applied in the nominal absence of CO2-HCO3-, but had no measurable effect on either the recovery from acidosis or steady-state pHi in the presence of CO2-HCO3-. These results suggest that Na(+)-H+ exchange was responsible for extrusion of acid equivalents in the nominal absence of CO2 and HCO3-, but that it played little part under more physiological conditions. 5. Although Na(+)-H+ exchange appeared to be activated below a pHi of about 7.2, it was incapable of maintaining a 'normal' pHi in the nominal absence of CO2-HCO3- in freshly excised cells, where values between 6.06 and 6.89 were recorded. Only in aged preparations, in which the intrinsic intracellular acid loading was substantially reduced (as judged from the rate of acidification on application of amiloride in the nominal absence of CO2-HCO3-) did the steady-state value approximate to that observed in the presence of CO2-HCO3-, at about 7.2. PMID:7799229

  16. Transcatheter Arterial Embolization Therapy for a Hypoplastic Pelvic Kidney with a Single Vaginal Ectopic Ureter to Control Incontinence: The Usefulness of Three-Dimensional CT Angiography Using Multidetector-Row Helical CT

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    Kudoh, Kouichi Kadota, Masataka; Nakayama, Yoshiharu; Imuta, Masanori; Yasuda, Tsuyoshi; Yamashita, Yasuyuki; Inadome, Akito; Yoshida, Masaki; Ueda, Shouichi

    2003-09-15

    A girl with continuous urinary incontinence was successfully treated by angiographic embolization of a hypoplastic pelvic kidney with a single unilateral vaginal ectopic opening of the ureter. For this intervention, CT angiography was useful for detecting the corresponding renal artery of the hypoplastic kidney.

  17. Results of a Seven-Year, Single-Centre Experience of the Long-Term Outcomes of Bovine Ureter Grafts Used as Novel Conduits for Haemodialysis Fistulas

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    Das, Neelan Bratby, Mark J.; Shrivastava, Vivek; Cornall, Alison J.; Darby, Christopher R.; Boardman, Philip; Anthony, Susan; Uberoi, Raman

    2011-10-15

    Purpose: To report the long-term outcomes of bovine ureter grafts as novel conduits for haemodialysis fistulas. Materials and Methods: Thirty-five patients underwent placement of a total of 40 SynerGraft 100 (SG100; CryoLife Europa{sup Registered-Sign}, Guildford, UK) bovine ureter grafts between April 2002 and February 2009. Prospective data were collected on all patients, including active surveillance with blood flow studies and 6-monthly duplex ultrasound studies. Main outcome measures were primary and secondary patency rates. Results: Mean follow-up time was 97 weeks (range 4-270). Thirteen patients died from unrelated causes during the study period; 12 of these patients had a functioning graft at the time of death. Five patients underwent transplantation, and all had a functioning graft at transplantation. Twelve patients had a functioning graft at the end of the study period. One hundred and ten stenoses were detected, and 97 venoplasty procedures were performed. Of the stenoses, 41.8% were located at the venous anastomosis, 12.7% within the graft, 17.3% in the outflow veins, and 28.1% in central veins. No arterial stenoses were detected. Primary patency rates were 53% at 6 months and 14% at 1 year. Secondary patency rates were 81% at 6 months, 75% at 1 year, and 56% at 2 years. Conclusions: Active surveillance and intervention was able to achieve satisfactory long-term secondary patency for these novel conduits compared with those made of PTFE seen in other studies.

  18. A2B adenosine receptors mediate relaxation of the pig intravesical ureter: adenosine modulation of non adrenergic non cholinergic excitatory neurotransmission

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    Hernández, Medardo; Barahona, María Victoria; Bustamante, Salvador; García-Sacristán, Albino; Orensanz, Luis M

    1999-01-01

    The present study was designed to characterize the adenosine receptors involved in the relaxation of the pig intravesical ureter, and to investigate the action of adenosine on the non adrenergic non cholinergic (NANC) excitatory ureteral neurotransmission. In U46619 (10−7  M)-contracted strips treated with the adenosine uptake inhibitor, nitrobenzylthioinosine (NBTI, 10−6  M), adenosine and related analogues induced relaxations with the following potency order: 5′-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine (NECA)=5′-(N-cyclopropyl)-carboxamidoadenosine (CPCA)=2-chloroadenosine (2-CA)>adenosine>cyclopentyladenosine (CPA)=N6-(3-iodobenzyl)-adenosine-5′-N-methylcarboxamide (IB-MECA)=2-[p-(carboxyethyl)-phenylethylamino]-5′-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine (CGS21680). Epithelium removal or incubation with indomethacin (3×10−6  M) and L-NG-nitroarginine (L-NOARG, 3×10−5  M), inhibitors of prostanoids and nitric oxide (NO) synthase, respectively, failed to modify the relaxations to adenosine. 1,3-dipropyl-8-cyclopentylxanthine (DPCPX, 10−8 M) and 4-(2-[7-amino-2-(2-furyl) [1,2,4]-triazolo[2,3-a][1,3,5]triazin-5-ylamino]ethyl)phenol (ZM 241385, 3×10−8  M and 10−7  M), A1 and A2A receptor selective antagonists, respectively, did not modify the relaxations to adenosine or NECA. 8-phenyltheophylline (8-PT, 10−5  M) and DPCPX (10−6  M), which block A1/A2-receptors, reduced such relaxations. In strips treated with guanethidine (10−5  M), atropine (10−7  M), L-NOARG (3×10−5  M) and indomethacin (3×10−6  M), both electrical field stimulation (EFS, 5 Hz) and exogenous ATP (10−4  M) induced contractions of preparations. 8-PT (10−5  M) increased both contractions. DPCPX (10−8  M), NECA (10−4  M), CPCA, (10−4  M) and 2-CA (10−4  M) did not alter the contractions to EFS. The present results suggest that adenosine relaxes the pig intravesical ureter, independently of prostanoids or NO, through activation of A2B-receptors located in the smooth muscle. This relaxation may modulate the ureteral NANC excitatory neurotransmission through a postsynaptic mechanism. PMID:10193777

  19. Heterogeneity of neuronal and smooth muscle receptors involved in the VIP- and PACAP-induced relaxations of the pig intravesical ureter

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    Hernández, Medardo; Barahona, María Victoria; Recio, Paz; Rivera, Luis; Benedito, Sara; Martínez, Ana Cristina; García-Sacristán, Albino; Orensanz, Luis M; Prieto, Dolores

    2003-01-01

    The mechanisms and receptors involved in the vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)- and pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP)-induced relaxations of the pig intravesical ureter were investigated.VIP, PACAP 38 and PACAP 27 concentration-dependently relaxed U46619-contracted ureteral strips with a similar potency. [Ala11,22,28]-VIP, a VPAC1 agonist, showed inconsistent relaxations.The neuronal voltage-gated Ca2+ channel inhibitor, ω-conotoxin GVIA (ω-CgTX, 1 μM), reduced the VIP relaxations. Urothelium removal or blockade of capsaicin-sensitive primary afferents, nitric oxide (NO) synthase and guanylate cyclase with capsaicin (10 μM), NG-nitro-L-arginine (L-NOARG, 100 μM) and 1H-[1,2,4]-oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ, 5 μM), respectively, did not change the VIP relaxations. However, the PACAP 38 relaxations were reduced by ω-CgTX, capsaicin, L-NOARG and ODQ.The VIP and VIP/PACAP receptor antagonists, [Lys1, Pro2,5, Arg3,4, Tyr6]-VIP (1 μM) and PACAP (6–38) (0.4 μM), inhibited VIP and VIP and PACAP 38, respectively, relaxations.The nonselective and large-conductance Ca2-activated K+ channel blockers, tetraethylammonium (3 mM) and charybdotoxin (0.1 μM), respectively, and neuropeptide Y (0.1 μM) did not modify the VIP relaxations. The small-conductance Ca2-activated K+ channel blocker apamin (1 μM) did not change the PACAP 27 relaxations.The cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) blocker, 8-(4-chlorophenylthio)adenosine-3′,5′-cyclic monophosphorothioate (Rp-8-CPT-cAMPS, 100 μM), reduced VIP relaxations. The phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor rolipram and the adenylate cyclase activator forskolin relaxed ureteral preparations. The rolipram relaxations were reduced by Rp-8-CPT-cAMPS. Forskolin (30 nM) evoked a potentiation of VIP relaxations.These results suggest that VIP and PACAP relax the pig ureter through smooth muscle receptors, probably of the VPAC2 subtype, linked to a cAMP-PKA pathway. Neuronal VPAC receptors localized at motor nerves and PAC1 receptors placed at sensory nerves and coupled to NO release, seem also to be involved in the VIP and PACAP 38 relaxations. PMID:14662737

  20. Conditional Knockout of Src Homology 2 Domain-containing Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase-2 in Myeloid Cells Attenuates Renal Fibrosis after Unilateral Ureter Obstruction

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    Teng, Jing-Fei; Wang, Kai; Li, Yao; Qu, Fa-Jun; Yuan, Qing; Cui, Xin-Gang; Wang, Quan-Xing; Xu, Dan-Feng

    2015-01-01

    Background: Src homology 2 domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase-2 (SHP-2) is a kind of intracellular protein tyrosine phosphatase. Studies have revealed its roles in various disease, however, whether SHP-2 involves in renal fibrosis remains unclear. The aim of this study was to explore the roles of myeloid cells SHP-2 in renal interstitial fibrosis. Methods: Myeloid cells SHP-2 gene was conditionally knocked-out (CKO) in mice using loxP-Cre system, and renal interstitial fibrosis was induced by unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO). The total collagen deposition in the renal interstitium was assessed using picrosirius red stain. F4/80 immunostaing was used to evaluate macrophage infiltration in renal tubular interstitium. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay were used to analyze the production of cytokines in the kidney. Transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling stain was used to assess the apoptotic renal tubular epithelial cells. Results: Src homology 2 domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase-2 gene CKO in myeloid cells significantly reduced collagen deposition in the renal interstitium after UUO. Macrophage infiltration was evidently decreased in renal tubular interstitium of SHP-2 CKO mice. Meanwhile, the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines was significantly suppressed in SHP-2 CKO mice. However, no significant difference was observed in the number of apoptotic renal tubular epithelial cells between wild-type and SHP-2 CKO mice. Conclusions: Our observations suggested that SHP-2 in myeloid cells plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of renal fibrosis, and that silencing of SHP-2 gene in myeloid cells may protect renal from inflammatory damage and prevent renal fibrosis after renal injury. PMID:25947403

  1. Serum Neutrophil Gelatinase Associated Lipocalin (NGAL) Outperforms Serum Creatinine in Detecting Sepsis-Induced Acute Kidney Injury, Experiments on Bilateral Nephrectomy and Bilateral Ureter Obstruction Mouse Models.

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    Leelahavanichkul, Asada; Somparn, Poorichaya; Issara-Amphorn, Jiraphorn; Eiam-Ong, Somchai; Avihingsanon, Yingyos; Hirankarn, Nattiya; Srisawat, Nattachai

    2016-05-01

    Serum neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin (sNGAL), a promising acute kidney injury (AKI) biomarker produced by renal and non-renal tissues, might be affected by sepsis. We evaluated sNGAL in zero glomerular filtration rate models [bilateral ureter obstruction (BUO) and bilateral nephrectomy (BiNx)] with subsequent cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)-induced sepsis in 6 to 8-week-old ICR mice. We found that sNGAL increased earlier than serum creatinine (Scr) in BiNx/BUO with and without CLP. The earliest time-point of increased sNGAL in BiNx+CLP was 1 h after surgery. Scr, but not sNGAL, was lower at 18 h after BiNx/BUO+CLP compared with BiNx/BUO alone. Compared with BUO, BiNx had higher, and equal sNGAL at 1 to 18 h and 36 h, respectively. Additionally, similar NGAL expression in internal organs (heart, lung, liver, and spleen) and survival rates indicated the comparable severity of BiNx and BUO. Serum interleukin (IL)-6 was increased and correlated with sNGAL in BiNx/BUO with and without sepsis. In summary, we demonstrated: sNGAL is an early AKI biomarker, which is not affected by sepsis; sNGAL is mainly produced by extrarenal sources as demonstrated by the comparable sNGAL in BiNx and BUO; the saturation of renal NGAL re-absorption in BUO is demonstrated by lower sNGAL in BUO at 1 to 18 h, but not at 36 h when compared with BiNx; and a correlation of sNGAL and IL-6 implied sNGAL is a good sepsis prognostic biomarker. Therefore, sNGAL is a more beneficial sepsis-AKI biomarker than Scr. PMID:26863120

  2. MR urography (MRU) of non-dilated ureter with diuretic administration: Static fluid 2D FSE T2-weighted versus 3D gadolinium T1-weighted GE excretory MR

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    Roy, C.; Ohana, M.; Host, Ph.; Alemann, G.; Labani, A.; Wattiez, A.; Lang, H.

    2014-01-01

    Objective The goal of this prospective study was to compare the efficiency of two types of MRU after diuretic administration to identify the non-dilated ureter. Methods MR pelvic examinations were performed in 126 patients after receiving furosemide. Each patient underwent in addition to their protocol for context, two types of MRU: 2D T2-weighted FSE (T2w-MRU) and 3D Gd T1-weighted GE (CE-MRU). Four segments were checked for each ureter. For the first part of the analysis, readers evaluated the whole image quality using a four points subjective scale and for the second part, they were asked to score separately each ureteral segment as present or absent. Results 1008 ureteral segments were checked. For the image quality, readers did not find any significant difference (3.8 ± 0.5 vs 3.6 ± 0.7, p value: 0.13) between MRU methods. The interobserver agreement was excellent with a κ correlation coefficient as high as 0.89 for T2w-MRU and 0.92 for CE-MRU, respectively. For the detection of the segments and considering the 9 rotations for the T2W MRU, there were no statistically significant differences between the two groups. Conclusion T2-weighted MRU with multiple orientations and diuretic is sufficient to identify the non-dilated ureter. It offers information on ureteral peristaltism. It can be suggested that this sequence is able to detect an initial obstruction before hydronephrosis occurs. PMID:26937423

  3. Cancer - renal pelvis or ureter

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    ... cytology (microscopic examination of cells) taken during a cystoscopy or urine clean catch sample may reveal cancer ... ordered include: Abdominal CT scan Chest x-ray Cystoscopy with ureteroscopy Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) Kidney ultrasound MRI ...

  4. Tumors of the kidney, ureter, and bladder.

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    See, W. A.; Williams, R. D.

    1992-01-01

    Neoplastic diseases of the kidneys and urinary collecting system are relatively common, but when detected early, they have an excellent prognosis. Because gross or microscopic hematuria may be an early harbinger of genitourinary pathology, the primary care physician and internist play an integral role in diagnosing these diseases. A high index of suspicion together with a thorough history, physical examination, and appropriate diagnostic studies will enable the correct diagnosis and improved patient management in most cases. Images PMID:1595278

  5. Ultrasound: Renal (Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder) (For Parents)

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    ... present since birth the presence of blockages or kidney stones complications of a urinary tract infection (UTI) cysts ... and Related Conditions Urinary Tract Infections Wilms Tumor Kidney Stones Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR) Glomerulonephritis Ultrasound: Abdomen Ultrasound: Bladder ...

  6. Primary malignant melanoma of the urinary bladder and ureter.

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    Khan, Munad; O'Kane, Dermot; Du Plessis, Justin; Hoag, Nathan; Lawrentschuk, Nathan

    2016-02-01

    Primary malignant melanoma of the urinary bladder is a rare lesion. We report the case of a 78-year-old male with no previous history of cutaneous melanoma who presented with hematuria. Further investigation with imaging and cystoscopy raised suspicion of a primary bladder and ureteric melanoma, which had subsequently metastasized. This was confirmed with histological assessment and a thorough search for alternative primary lesions. Unfortunately, our patient passed away prior to receiving any oncological treatment for his metastatic melanoma, underscoring both the high mortality of this lesion and the need for a consensus on definitive treatment. PMID:26892061

  7. Congenital anatomic variants of the kidney and ureter: a pictorial essay.

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    Srinivas, M R; Adarsh, K M; Jeeson, Riya; Ashwini, C; Nagaraj, B R

    2016-03-01

    Congenital renal parenchymal and pelvicalyceal abnormalities have a wide spectrum. Most of them are asymptomatic, like that of ectopia, cross fused kidney, horseshoe kidney, etc., while a few of them become complicated, leading to renal failure and death. It is very important for the radiologist to identify these anatomic variants and guide the clinicians for surgical and therapeutic procedures. Cross-sectional imaging with a volume rendered technique/maximum intensity projection has overcome ultrasonography and IVU for identification and interpretation of some of these variants. PMID:26747433

  8. Computed tomography of transitional-cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis and ureter

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    Baron, R.L.; McClennah, B.L.; Lee, J.K.T.; Lawson, T.L.

    1982-07-01

    Preoperative staging of transitional-cell carcinoma of the upper urinary tract is important for identification of those tumors amenable to limited resection. Twenty-two patients were examined using computed tomography (CT), and three patterns were noted: (a) a focal intraluminal mass, (b) ureteral wall thickening with luminal narrowing, and (c) an infiltrating mass. In most cases, attenuation was similar to that of soft tissue; one tumor was calcified. Tumors of the renal pelvis may exhibit contrast enhancement. In 11 cases, excretory urography was inadequate or not attempted. CT demonstrated the site and cause of obstruction in all cases and proved to be a useful noninvasive staging procedure for suspected or proved transitional-cell carcinoma of the upper urinary tract.

  9. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic approaches to the ureter: Pyeloplasty and ureteral reimplantation

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    Samarasekera, Dinesh; Stein, Robert J.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction and Objectives: The benefits of robotic surgery when compared to standard laparoscopy have been well established, especially when it comes to reconstructive procedures. The application of robotic technology to laparoscopic pyeloplasty has reduced the steep learning curve associated with the procedure. Consequently, this has allowed surgeons who are less experienced with laparoscopy to offer this treatment to their patients, instead of referring them to centers of excellence. Robotic pyeloplasty has also proved useful for repairing secondary UPJO, a procedure which is considered extremely difficult using a conventional laparoscopic approach. Finally, the pursuit of scarless surgery has seen the development of laparoendoscopic single site (LESS) procedures. The application of robotics to LESS (R-LESS) has also reduced the difficulty in performing conventional LESS pyeloplasty. Herein we present a literature review with regards to robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty. We also discuss the benefits of robotic surgery with regards to reconstruction of the lower urinary tract. Materials and Methods: A systematic literature review was performed using PubMed to identify relevant studies. There were no time restrictions applied to the search, but only studies in English were included. We utilized the following search terms: Ureteropelvic junction obstruction and laparoscopy; laparoscopic pyeloplasty; robotic pyeloplasty; robotic ureteric reimplantation; robotic ureteroneocystostomy; robotic boari flap; robotic psoas hitch. Results: There has been considerable experience in the literature with robotic pyeloplasty. Unfortunately, no prospective randomized studies have been conducted, however there are a number of meta analyses and systematic reviews. While there are no clear benefits when it comes to surgical and functional outcomes when compared to standard laparoscopic pyeloplasty, it is clear that robotics makes the operation easier to perform. There is also a benefit to the robotic approach when performing a redo-pyeloplasty. Robotic pyeloplasty has also been applied to the pediatric population, and there may be a benefit in older children while in very young patients, retroperitoneal open pyeloplasty is still the gold standard. In the field of single incision surgery R-LESS is technically easier to perform than conventional LESS. However, the design of the current robotic platform is not completely suited for this application, limiting its utility and often requiring a larger incision. Optimized R-LESS specific technology is awaited. What is clear, from a number of analyses, is that robotic pyeloplasty is considerably more expensive than the laparoscopic approach, largely due to costs of instrumentation and the capital expense of the robot. Until cheaper robotic technology is available, this technique will continue to be expensive, and a cost-benefit analysis must be undertaken by each hospital planning to undertake this surgery. Finally, the benefits of upper tract reconstruction apply equally to the lower tract although there is considerably less experience. However, there have been a number of studies demonstrating the technical feasibility of ureteral reimplantation. Conclusions: Robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty is gaining popularity, likely due to the shorter learning curve, greater surgeon comfort, and easier intracorporeal suturing. This has allowed more surgeons to perform the procedure, improving accessibility. Robotic technology is also beneficial in the field of LESS. Nevertheless, the procedure still is not as cost-effective as the conventional laparoscopic approach, and until more affordable robotic technology is available, it will not be universally offered. PMID:25097316

  10. General Information about Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter

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    ... a surgical procedure that destroys tissue using an electric current. A tool with a small wire loop on ... cancer or to burn away the tumor with electricity. Segmental resection of the renal pelvis This is ...

  11. A retroperitoneal enteric duplication cyst communicating with the right upper ureter in an infant

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    Bal, Harshjeet Singh; Kisku, Sundeep; Sen, Sudipta; Masih, Dipti

    2014-01-01

    We report an extremely rare case of isolated retroperitoneal enteric duplication cyst with gastric mucosa causing haematuria and dysuria by communicating with the urinary system. A 9-month-old male child was admitted to our hospital with persistent haematuria, dysuria and anaemia. Investigations revealed a retroperitoneal cyst abutting the hydronephrotic non-functioning right kidney. At surgery an isolated retroperitoneal cyst communicating with the right pelviureteric junction was found. The kidney and associated cyst were excised. Histology of the cystic lesion revealed an enteric duplication cyst lined by ectopic gastric mucosa. Isolated retroperitoneal enteric duplication cyst communicating with the urinary tract has not been previously reported in the English literature. We propose that acid secretion into the right renal system was the cause of the haematuria–dysuria syndrome which promptly resolved postoperatively. PMID:24813198

  12. Unilateral hypoplastic kidney and ureter associated with diverse mesonephric remnant hyperplasia

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    Xiao, Guang-Qian; Jerome, Jean-Gilles; Wu, Guan

    2015-01-01

    Mesonephric remnants have been rarely reported in the genitourinary system and sometimes impose a diagnostic challenge both clinically and pathologically. We reported a case of mesonephric remnant hyperplasia with mixed acinar/tubular and epididymis/vas deferens-like morphologies occurring in the renal parenchyma of a unilateral hypoplastic kidney, which has not been previously described. PMID:26309900

  13. Case 230: Congenital Inguinal Herniation of the Left Ureter (Extraperitoneal Form).

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    Di Nicolò, Pierpaolo; Aleo, Daniele; Riccioli, Emilio; Granata, Antonio

    2016-06-01

    History A 52-year-old man with a history of urinary tract infections and a previous clinical diagnosis of left inguinal hernia presented to the nephrologist with recent onset of dysuria and increasing swelling in the left inguinoscrotal region in the absence of fever or scrotal trauma. There was no relevant surgical or family history. The general physical examination findings were unremarkable, with a normal abdomen at both visual inspection and palpation; urogenital examination revealed a small left-sided palpable mass of the testis, compatible with an inguinal hernia or hydrocele. At first, gray-scale and color Doppler ultrasonographic (US) images of the testes and the inguinoscrotal region were obtained. Contrast material-enhanced computed tomographic (CT) images of the lower abdomen and pelvis were then obtained to further evaluate the urinary tract. PMID:27183410

  14. [Intravesical Recurrence of Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ureter: A Case Report].

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    Ueda, Norichika; Kobayashi, Yasuyuki; Arai, Hiroki; Honda, Masahito; Yoshida, Kyotaro

    2016-02-01

    A 63-year-old man who presented with asymptomatic gross hematuria was referred to our hospital. Left ureteral tumor (cT3N0M0) was diagnosed and left nephroureterectomy was performed. Pathological examination revealed urothelial carcinoma and small cell carcinoma with local invasion (pT3). The patient was treated with three cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy with gemcitabine and cisplatin. Three months after the chemotherapy, cystoscopy showed an intravesical recurrence of the tumor. Transurethral resection was performed and histopathological examination revealed small cell carcinoma (pT1). We recommended a cystectomy and neoadjuvant chemotherapy with etoposide and carboplatin according to the standard care of small cell carcinoma of bladder. However, the patient refused to undergo cystectomy and desired to preserve his bladder. Therefore, after two cycles of chemotherapy with etoposide and carboplatin, transurethral resection was performed to examine the presence of the residual tumor instead of immediate cystectomy. Because of no residual tumor, another two cycles of chemotherapy were added instead of a cystectomy. There is no evidence of recurrence seven months after the chemotherapy. PMID:27018413

  15. Ureter and Nerve Root Compression Secondary to Expansile Fibrous Dysplasia of the Transverse Process.

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    Hishmeh, Shuriz; Said, Joseph; Checo, Fernando J; Kondratyeva, Alexandra

    2016-02-01

    Considering their proximity to abdominal viscera, transverse process lesions may pose a diagnostic challenge. We present a case of fibrous dysplasia of the transverse process, causing urinary retention, frequent urinary tract infections, and thigh numbness. This is the first reported case of a transverse process fibrous dysplasia lesion, causing simultaneous urinary retention and neurologic symptoms. Clinicians may consider lesions of the lumbar transverse processes in patients presenting to orthopedic surgeons with urinary symptoms, especially when combined with neurologic symptoms. In these lesions, fibrous dysplasia should be within the differential diagnosis. We discuss the diagnosis and present a brief review of fibrous dysplasia. PMID:26866323

  16. Antenatal mild hydronephrosis with subsequent polyp of the upper ureter in a child presenting with recurrent Dietl's crisis

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    Patel, Ramnik V; Johal, Navroop; Evans, Kathryn; Mushtaq, Imran

    2014-01-01

    We report a 7-year-old boy who had antenatally diagnosed and postnatally confirmed asymptomatic right congenital hydronephrosis secondary to ureteropelvic junction obstruction with the anteroposterior diameter ranging from 7 to 15 mm on serial ultrasound scans till the age of 6 years. He then presented with recurrent attacks of Dietl's crisis almost every month in the seventh year of his life and eluded diagnosis for over a year at various national hospitals, and ended up with an international referral to us. Investigations of the acute attacks clinched the diagnosis of ureteral polyp causing intermittent crisis and he underwent segmental resection and reconstruction in the form of dismembered Anderson-Hyne pyeloplasty with good recovery. Our case revealed that prenatally detected hydronephrosis may worsen after spontaneous postnatal improvement and a polyp acting as a flip valve may produce intermittent hydronephrosis and symptoms later in life. The child should undergo urgent investigations during acute symptoms. PMID:24832709

  17. Gemcitabine Hydrochloride and Eribulin Mesylate in Treating Patients With Bladder Cancer That is Advanced or Cannot Be Removed by Surgery

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    2016-03-14

    Metastatic Ureteral Neoplasm; Metastatic Urethral Neoplasm; Stage III Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma; Stage III Ureter Cancer; Stage III Urethral Cancer; Stage IV Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma; Stage IV Ureter Cancer; Stage IV Urethral Cancer; Ureter Urothelial Carcinoma; Urethral Urothelial Carcinoma

  18. Stone heterogeneity index as the standard deviation of Hounsfield units: A novel predictor for shock-wave lithotripsy outcomes in ureter calculi.

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    Lee, Joo Yong; Kim, Jae Heon; Kang, Dong Hyuk; Chung, Doo Yong; Lee, Dae Hun; Do Jung, Hae; Kwon, Jong Kyou; Cho, Kang Su

    2016-01-01

    We investigated whether stone heterogeneity index (SHI), which a proxy of such variations, was defined as the standard deviation of a Hounsfield unit (HU) on non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT), can be a novel predictor for shock-wave lithotripsy (SWL) outcomes in patients with ureteral stones. Medical records were obtained from the consecutive database of 1,519 patients who underwent the first session of SWL for urinary stones between 2005 and 2013. Ultimately, 604 patients with radiopaque ureteral stones were eligible for this study. Stone related variables including stone size, mean stone density (MSD), skin-to-stone distance, and SHI were obtained on NCCT. Patients were classified into the low and high SHI groups using mean SHI and compared. One-session success rate in the high SHI group was better than in the low SHI group (74.3% vs. 63.9%, P = 0.008). Multivariate logistic regression analyses revealed that smaller stone size (OR 0.889, 95% CI: 0.841-0.937, P < 0.001), lower MSD (OR 0.995, 95% CI: 0.994-0.996, P < 0.001), and higher SHI (OR 1.011, 95% CI: 1.008-1.014, P < 0.001) were independent predictors of one-session success. The radiologic heterogeneity of urinary stones or SHI was an independent predictor for SWL success in patients with ureteral calculi and a useful clinical parameter for stone fragility. PMID:27035621

  19. Analysis of factors affecting spontaneous expulsion of ureteral stones that may predict unfavorable outcomes during watchful waiting periods: What is the influence of diabetes mellitus on the ureter?

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    Choi, Taesoo; Choi, Seung-Kwon; Kim, Dong Soo; Lee, Dong-Gi; Min, Gyeong Eun; Jeon, Seung Hyun; Lee, Hyung-Lae; Jeong, In-Kyung

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The aim of our study was to evaluate the association of several factors with spontaneous stone expulsion, including ureteral stone characteristics (size, location, hydronephrosis, perinephric stranding), types of medications prescribed (?-blocker, low-dose steroid), and other possible demographic and health-history factors (gender, age, serum creatinine, underlying diabetes mellitus [DM], and hypertension). Materials and Methods A total of 366 patients with ureteral stones were enrolled. All patients underwent watchful waiting without any invasive procedures. Initial diagnoses of ureteral stones were confirmed by computed tomography scans, which were taken at approximately 1-month intervals to check for stone expulsion. Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to identify significant factors that contributed to stone expulsion. Results Among 366 patients, 335 patients (91.5%) experienced spontaneous stone passage during a mean follow-up period of 2.952.62 weeks. The patients were divided into two groups depending on the success of spontaneous stone passage. Univariate analyses revealed that stone location (p=0.003), stone size (p=0.021), and underlying DM (p<0.001) were significant predictors of stone passage. Multivariate analyses confirmed that stone size (p=0.010), stone location (p=0.008), and underlying DM (p=0.003) were independent predictive factors affecting stone passage. Conclusions Stone size, location, and underlying DM were confirmed to be significant predictive factors for spontaneous passage of ureteral stones. Urologists should consider active procedures, such as shock wave lithotripsy or ureteroscopy, rather than conservative management in patients presenting with proximally located stones, large ureteral stones, or underlying DM. PMID:26078843

  20. Initial experiences with laparoscopy and flexible ureteroscopy combination pyeloplasty in management of ectopic pelvic kidney with stone and ureter-pelvic junction obstruction.

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    Yin, Zhuo; Wei, Y B; Liang, B L; Zhou, K Q; Gao, Y L; Yan, B; Wang, Z; Yang, J R

    2015-06-01

    To demonstrate the safety and efficacy of combine laparoscopy and flexible ureteroscopy to treat ectopic pelvic kidneys with ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) and stones. 16 patients of ectopic pelvic kidneys with ureteropelvic junction obstruction and stones were treated with laparoscopy and flexible ureteroscopy (FURS). The operative time, required dose of tramadol, visual analog pain scale (VAPS), postoperative day, stone-free rates (SFRs), perioperative complications, and serum creatinine were evaluated. The SFRs were evaluated with noncontrasted renal computed tomography (CT). Intravenous pyelography (IVP) and CT scan were used to evaluate the UPJO. Stone-free status was defined as absence of stone fragments in kidney or the size of that is less than 3 mm. Operation time from 118 to 225 min, average time (171 ± 28) min; lithotomy time from 16 to 45 min, average time (32 ± 6) min. Average tramadol required at the first day postoperation was (118 ± 49.6) mg; at the second day was (78 ± 24.8) mg. VAPS score at 24 h (5.0 ± 0.7), VAPS score at 48 h (2.5 ± 0.8). Postoperative day (3.9 ± 0.6) days. Stone-free rate was 100%. Average serum creatinine was (88.7 ± 24.3) mol/L before surgery and (92.8 ± 21.6) mol/L after surgery. No major complication. No stone and obstruction recurrence in the follow-up of average 29.3 months. Combined FUR and LC is a good option for patient of ectopic pelvic kidney with renal stone and UPJO. From our initial experience, the SFRs and the effect of pyeloplasty are satisfactory and without major complication, the operative time is acceptable. PMID:25666341

  1. Stone heterogeneity index as the standard deviation of Hounsfield units: A novel predictor for shock-wave lithotripsy outcomes in ureter calculi

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    Lee, Joo Yong; Kim, Jae Heon; Kang, Dong Hyuk; Chung, Doo Yong; Lee, Dae Hun; Do Jung, Hae; Kwon, Jong Kyou; Cho, Kang Su

    2016-01-01

    We investigated whether stone heterogeneity index (SHI), which a proxy of such variations, was defined as the standard deviation of a Hounsfield unit (HU) on non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT), can be a novel predictor for shock-wave lithotripsy (SWL) outcomes in patients with ureteral stones. Medical records were obtained from the consecutive database of 1,519 patients who underwent the first session of SWL for urinary stones between 2005 and 2013. Ultimately, 604 patients with radiopaque ureteral stones were eligible for this study. Stone related variables including stone size, mean stone density (MSD), skin-to-stone distance, and SHI were obtained on NCCT. Patients were classified into the low and high SHI groups using mean SHI and compared. One-session success rate in the high SHI group was better than in the low SHI group (74.3% vs. 63.9%, P = 0.008). Multivariate logistic regression analyses revealed that smaller stone size (OR 0.889, 95% CI: 0.841–0.937, P < 0.001), lower MSD (OR 0.995, 95% CI: 0.994–0.996, P < 0.001), and higher SHI (OR 1.011, 95% CI: 1.008–1.014, P < 0.001) were independent predictors of one-session success. The radiologic heterogeneity of urinary stones or SHI was an independent predictor for SWL success in patients with ureteral calculi and a useful clinical parameter for stone fragility. PMID:27035621

  2. Vorinostat in Treating Patients With Locally Recurrent or Metastatic Cancer of the Urothelium

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    2015-01-28

    Localized Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Metastatic Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Recurrent Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Regional Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder

  3. Gemcitabine Hydrochloride and Cisplatin With or Without Bevacizumab in Treating Patients With Advanced Urinary Tract Cancer

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    2016-05-31

    Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma; Distal Urethral Carcinoma; Infiltrating Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma Associated With Urethral Carcinoma; Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Proximal Urethral Carcinoma; Recurrent Bladder Carcinoma; Recurrent Prostate Carcinoma; Recurrent Urethra Carcinoma; Recurrent Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Regional Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Stage IV Bladder Cancer; Stage IV Prostate Cancer; Stage IV Urethral Cancer; Ureter Carcinoma

  4. Eribulin Mesylate in Treating Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Cancer of the Urothelium and Kidney Dysfunction

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    2016-02-15

    Distal Urethral Carcinoma; Infiltrating Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma Associated With Urethral Carcinoma; Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Proximal Urethral Carcinoma; Recurrent Bladder Carcinoma; Recurrent Urethra Carcinoma; Recurrent Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Regional Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Stage III Bladder Cancer; Stage III Urethral Cancer; Stage IV Bladder Cancer; Stage IV Urethral Cancer; Ureter Carcinoma

  5. Collecting and Studying Blood and Tissue Samples From Patients With Locally Recurrent or Metastatic Prostate or Bladder/Urothelial Cancer

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    2016-03-01

    Healthy Control; Localized Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Metastatic Malignant Neoplasm in the Bone; Metastatic Malignant Neoplasm in the Soft Tissues; Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Recurrent Bladder Carcinoma; Recurrent Prostate Carcinoma; Recurrent Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Stage IV Bladder Cancer; Stage IV Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma; Stage IV Prostate Cancer

  6. Gemcitabine Hydrochloride and Cisplatin or High-Dose Methotrexate, Vinblastine, Doxorubicin Hydrochloride, and Cisplatin in Treating Patients With Urothelial Cancer

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    2014-01-27

    Anterior Urethral Cancer; Localized Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Posterior Urethral Cancer; Recurrent Bladder Cancer; Recurrent Urethral Cancer; Regional Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Stage III Bladder Cancer; Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder; Ureter Cancer; Urethral Cancer Associated With Invasive Bladder Cancer

  7. Sorafenib in Treating Patients With Advanced or Metastatic Cancer of the Urinary Tract

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    2015-08-04

    Metastatic Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Recurrent Bladder Cancer; Recurrent Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Regional Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Stage III Bladder Cancer; Stage IV Bladder Cancer; Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder

  8. An unusual cause of back pain in an achondroplastic man.

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    Mantle, M; Kingsnorth, A N

    2003-06-01

    A case is described of a 47-year-old man with achondroplasia who presented with lower back pain radiating to his left loin. An intravenous urogram (IVU) showed hydronephrosis on the left side and a dilated left ureter passing down into the left inguinal region. A CT scan confirmed a left inguinal hernia containing the left ureter causing ureteric obstruction. The hernia was repaired using the Lichtenstein technique with the ureter replaced retroperitoneally. A postoperative IVU showed recovery in renal function but with a persistently dilated left ureter that was not obstructed. A review of the literature regarding inguinal herniation involving the ureter is presented. PMID:12820033

  9. Cabozantinib-s-malate and Nivolumab With or Without Ipilimumab in Treating Patients With Metastatic Genitourinary Tumors

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    2016-05-20

    Malignant Reproductive System Neoplasm; Malignant Urinary System Neoplasm; Metastatic Urethral Neoplasm; Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Progressive Neoplastic Disease; Recurrent Bladder Carcinoma; Recurrent Urethra Carcinoma; Recurrent Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Regional Urothelial Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Solid Neoplasm; Stage III Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma; Stage III Urethral Cancer; Stage IV Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma; Stage IV Urethral Cancer; Urethral Urothelial Carcinoma

  10. Study of Genes and Environment in Patients With Cancer in East Anglia, Trent, or West Midlands Regions of the United Kingdom

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    2013-08-23

    Bladder Cancer; Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors; Esophageal Cancer; Intraocular Melanoma; Kidney Cancer; Lymphoma; Melanoma (Skin); Pancreatic Cancer; Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter

  11. Initial results with the Cohen cross-trigonal ureteroneocystotomy.

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    Wacksman, J

    1983-06-01

    Between January 1976 and December 1980, 109 children with 157 ureters with reflux were seen in consultation. Of these ureters 52 were operated upon using the Cohen cross-trigonal technique, while 105 were followed conservatively. The operative procedure is a complete intravesical ureteral mobilization followed by the creation of a submucosal tunnel across the base of the bladder. Followup studies, including an excretory urogram and voiding cystourethrogram, showed minimal hydronephrosis in 1 ureter and persistent grade I reflux in 1 ureter. Evaluation of these initial results indicates that the Cohen cross-trigonal ureteroneocystotomy is a safe and effective antireflux procedure. PMID:6854798

  12. Peritoneal flap ureteropexy for idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis.

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    Fowler, J W

    1987-07-01

    Eight patients had 13 ureters treated by peritoneal flap ureteropexy. There were no significant post-operative complications. Eleven ureters were functioning normally after an average follow-up of 28 months. The operation is suggested as a method of choice where omental wrapping is not possible. PMID:3620842

  13. Suspected Urine Leak in a Pediatric Renal Transplant Patient With Prune Belly Syndrome.

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    Liu, Bin; Kaplan, Summer L; Zhuang, Hongming

    2016-03-01

    Patients with prune belly syndrome usually have tortuous ureters, which can cause difficulty in the interpretation of renal scan used to evaluate possible urine leak after renal transplant. We reported a renal scan finding in a pediatric renal transplant patient with prune belly syndrome. The radioactivity in the dilated ureter, which was lateral to the renal transplant, appears to be urine leak. PMID:26447390

  14. Trastuzumab in Treating Patients With Previously Treated, Locally Advanced, or Metastatic Cancer of the Urothelium

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    2013-05-01

    Distal Urethral Cancer; Metastatic Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Proximal Urethral Cancer; Recurrent Bladder Cancer; Recurrent Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Recurrent Urethral Cancer; Stage IV Bladder Cancer; Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder; Urethral Cancer Associated With Invasive Bladder Cancer

  15. A sign on CT that predicts a hazardous ureteral anomaly

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    Allam, E.S.; Johnson, D.Y.; Grewal, S.G.; Johnson, F.E.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction An aberrant course of the distal ureter can pose a risk of ureteral injury during surgery for inguinal hernia repair and other groin operations. In a recent case series of inguinoscrotal hernation of the ureter, we found that each affected ureter was markedly anterior to the psoas muscle at its mid-point on abdominal CT. We hypothesized that this abnormality in the abdominal course of the ureter would predict the potentially hazardous aberrant course of the distal ureter. Presentation of cases We reviewed all evaluable CT urograms performed at St. Louis University Hospital from June 2012 to July 2013 and measured the ureteral course at several anatomically fixed points. Discussion 93% (50/54) of ureters deviated by less than 1 cm from the psoas muscle in their mid-course (at the level of the L4 vertebra). Reasons for anterior deviation of the ureter in this study included morbid obesity with prominent retroperitoneal fat, congenital renal abnormality, and post-traumatic renal/retroperitoneal hematoma. We determined that the optimal level on abdominal CT to detect the displaced ureter was the mid-body of the L4 vertebra. Conclusion Anterior deviation of the ureter in its mid-course appears to predict inguinoscrotal herniation of the ureter. This finding is a sensitive predictor and should raise concern for this anomaly in the appropriate clinical setting. It is not entirely specific as morbid obesity and congenital anomalies may result in a similar imaging appearance. We believe that this association has not been reported previously. Awareness of this anomaly can have significant operative implications. PMID:27046105

  16. Ureteric Embolization for Lower Urinary Tract Fistulae: Use of Two Amplatzer Vascular Plugs and N-Butyl Cyanoacrylate Employing the 'Sandwich' Technique

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    Saad, Wael E. A. Kalagher, S.; Turba, U. C.; Sabri, S. S.; Park, A.-W.; Stone, J.; Angle, J. F.; Matsumoto, A. H.

    2013-08-01

    PurposeThis study describes and evaluated the effectiveness of occluding distal ureters in the clinical setting of urinary vaginal (vesicovaginal or enterovesicovaginal) fistulae utilizing a new technique which combines Amplatzer vascular plugs and N-butyl cyanoacrylate.MaterialsThis is a retrospective study (January 2007-December 2010) of patients with urinary-vaginal fistulae undergoing distal ureter embolization utilizing an Amplatzer- N-butyl cyanoacrylate-Amplatzer sandwich technique. An 8-12-mm type-I or type-II Amplatzer vascular plug was delivered using the sheath and deployed in the ureter distal to the pelvic brim. Instillation of 0.8-1.5 cc of N-butyl cyanoacrylate into ureter proximal to the Amplatzer plug was performed. This was followed by another set of 8-12-mm type-I or type-II Amplatzer vascular plugs in a technique referred to as the 'sandwich technique.'ResultsFive ureters in three patients were occluded utilizing the above-described technique during the 4-year study period. Mean maximum size Amplatzer used per ureter was 10.8 mm (range, 8-12). One ureter required three Amplatzer plugs and the rest required two. Two patients (3 ureters) were clinically successful with complete resolution of symptoms in 36-48 h. The third patient (2 ureters) was partly successful and required a second Amplatzer- N-butyl cyanoacrylate sandwich technique embolization. The mean clinical follow-up was 11.3 months (range, 1.7-29.2).ConclusionsThe Amplatzer- N-butyl cyanoacrylate-Amplatzer sandwich technique for occluding the distal ureter is safe and effective with a quick (probably due to the N-butyl cyanoacrylate) and durable (probably due to the Amplatzer plugs) clinical response.

  17. Ureteroscopic Lithotripsy Using Swiss Lithoclast for Treatment of Ureteral Calculi: 12-Years Experience

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    Park, Dong Soo

    2009-01-01

    Ureteroscopic lithotripsy using Swiss Lithoclast was performed in 411 cases from January 1996 to September 2007 in a single hospital. Medical records of 341 cases, in which Swiss Lithoclast was successfully applied, were available for this retrospective study. We used 9.5Fr and 10Fr Storz rigid ureteroscopes. A success was defined as being free of stone-related symptoms and residual stones larger than 2 mm. Sixty one stones were located in the upper ureter, 49 stones were in the mid ureter, and 231 stones were in the lower ureter. The overall success rate was 93.5%. The success rate of upper ureter stone (80.3%) was significantly lower compared with those of mid (93.8%) and lower (96.9%) ureter stones (P=0.001). The higher the calculi was located within the ureter, the more chance of upward migration there was (P<0.001). The success rate in male patients was lower than in female patients without a statistical significance (P=0.068). The success rate decreased as the size of the stone increased (P<0.001), and as the degree of hydronephrosis increased (P=0.03). Perforation rates were 4.9%, 4.1%, and 2.6% from upper to lower ureter stone group. Ureteroscopic lithotripsy using Swiss Lithoclast is a safe and useful treatment modality for ureteral calculi. PMID:19654954

  18. Distal ureterectomy techniques in laparoscopic and robot-assisted nephroureterectomy: Updated review

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    Stravodimos, Konstantinos G.; Komninos, Christos; Kural, Ali Riza; Constantinides, Constantinos

    2015-01-01

    Controversies exist about the best method for managing the distal ureter during the laparoscopic (LNU) and robot-assisted nephroureterectomy (RANU). Therefore, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science databases were searched in order to identify articles describing the management of distal ureter during LNU or RANU in patients suffering from upper urinary tract urothelial cell carcinoma. Forty seven articles were selected for their relevance to the subject of this review. The approaches that are usually performed regarding the distal ureter management are open excision, transurethral resection of ureteral orifice (Pluck Technique), ureteric intussusception and pure LNU or pure RANU. Pure LNU and RANU with complete laparoscopic dissection and suture reconstruction of ureter and bladder cuff seems to be better tolerated than open nephroureterectomy providing equal efficacy, without deteriorating the oncological outcome, however evidence is poor. Transurethral resection of the ureteric orifice and the bladder cuff after occlusion of the ureter with a balloon catheter seems to be an attractive alternative option for low stage, low grade tumors of the renal pelvis and the proximal ureter, while stapling technique is correlated with the increased risk of positive surgical margins. The open resection of the distal ureter in continuity with the bladder cuff is considered the most reliable approach, preferred in our practice as well, however the existing data are based on retrospective and non-randomized studies. PMID:25657536

  19. Renographic Demonstration of Desmoid Tumor-Ureteral Fistula.

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    Kim, David U; McQuinn, Garland; Lin, Eugene; Lee, Marie

    2016-01-01

    A 20-year-old woman with Gardner syndrome and intra-abdominal desmoid tumors presented with increasing abdominal pain. CT demonstrated a new area of central hypodensity in a presumed desmoid tumor, compressing the left ureter. Findings were suspicious for abscess or fistula to the ureter. Subsequent Tc-MAG3 renogram demonstrated persistent extraureteral radiotracer activity in the region of the tumor, confirming a desmoid tumor-ureteral fistula. Desmoid tumors are benign but locally aggressive fibrous neoplasms that can be sporadic or associated with familial adenomatous polyposis syndromes, specifically Gardner syndrome. Fistula formation to the ureter has been reported infrequently. PMID:26284772

  20. Blood Test: Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)

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    ... Kids Up for Sports Pregnant? Your Baby's Growth Cerebral Palsy: Caring for Your Child All About Food Allergies ... Renal (Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder) Getting a Blood Test (Video) Chronic Kidney Diseases Diabetes Center Your Kidneys Diabetes ...

  1. Ureteroscopy

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    ... in which a small scope (like a flexible telescope) is inserted into the bladder and ureter and ... disorder, ureteroscopy is a good choice. For very large or oddly shaped stones, or stones that are ...

  2. Novel application of an established technique for removing a knotted ureteric stent.

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    Tempest, Heidi; Turney, Ben; Kumar, Sunil

    2011-01-01

    This report describes a case whereby a ureteric stent became knotted during removal and lodged within the upper ureter. The authors describe a novel minimally invasive technique to remove the knotted ureteric stent using the holmium laser. PMID:22701009

  3. Ureteral retrograde brush biopsy

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    ... take a sample of tissue from the kidney ( renal pelvis or calyx) or ureter. It is performed when an x-ray or other test has shown a suspicious area (lesion), or there are abnormal cells in the urine.

  4. Analgesic nephropathy

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    ... renal failure Chronic kidney failure Interstitial nephritis Renal papillary necrosis (tissue death) Urinary tract infections , chronic or recurrent High blood pressure Transitional cell carcinoma of the kidney or ureter

  5. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

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    ... system made up of these main parts: two kidneys two ureters (say: yur -uh-turz) bladder urethra (say: yoo- ree -thruh) All day long, the kidneys clean waste products from your blood. The waste ...

  6. Enuresis (Bed-Wetting)

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    ... their development. Bed-wetting is more common among boys than girls. What causes bed-wetting? A number of things ... valves in boys or in the ureter in girls or boys Abnormalities in the spinal cord A small bladder ...

  7. Management of full-length complete ureteral avulsion

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    Tang, Kaifa; Sun, Fa; Tian, Yuan; Zhao, Yili

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Introduction Complete ureteral avulsion is one of the most serious complications of ureteroscopy. The aim of this report was to look for a good solution to full-length complete ureteral avulsion. Case presentation A 40-year-old man underwent ureteroscopic management. Full-length complete avulsion of ureter occurred during ureteroscopy. Pyeloureterostomy plus greater omentum investment outside the avulsed ureter and ureterovesical anastomosis were performed 6 hours after ureteral avulsion. The patient was followed-up during 34 months. Double-J tube was removed at 3 months after operation. Twenty three months after the first operation, the patient developed hydronephrosis because of a new ureter upside stone, then rigid ureteroscopy and holmium laser lithotripsy were used successfully. Conclusion Pyeloureterostomy plus greater omentum investment outside the avulsed ureter and ureterovesical anastomosis may be a good choice for full-length complete ureteral avulsion. PMID:27136483

  8. Large bowel resection

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    ... bag outside your body. This is called an colostomy . The colostomy may be either short-term or permanent. Colectomy ... to the ureter or bladder Problems with the colostomy Scar tissue that forms in the belly and ...

  9. Veliparib, Paclitaxel, and Carboplatin in Treating Patients With Solid Tumors That Are Metastatic or Cannot Be Removed by Surgery and Liver or Kidney Dysfunction

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    2016-05-13

    Breast Carcinoma; Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Origin; Endometrial Carcinoma; Esophageal Carcinoma; Lung Carcinoma; Malignant Head and Neck Neoplasm; Melanoma; Ovarian Carcinoma; Renal Pelvis and Ureter Urothelial Carcinoma; Testicular Lymphoma

  10. Uric acid - blood

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    ... diet Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) secretion Wilson disease Other reasons this test may be performed include: Chronic gouty arthritis Chronic kidney disease Injury of the kidney and ureter

  11. Urinary Tract Infections

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    ... kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body. You may have a UTI if you notice Pain or burning when you ...

  12. Afatinib in Advanced Refractory Urothelial Cancer

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    2016-03-01

    Distal Urethral Cancer; Proximal Urethral Cancer; Recurrent Bladder Cancer; Recurrent Urethral Cancer; Stage III Bladder Cancer; Stage III Urethral Cancer; Stage IV Bladder Cancer; Stage IV Urethral Cancer; Ureter Cancer

  13. Nephrolithiasis (image)

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    Kidney stones result when urine becomes too concentrated and substances in the urine crystalize to form stones. Symptoms ... to move down the ureter causing intense pain. Kidney stones may form in the pelvis or calyces of ...

  14. Ureterovaginal fistula linked to a retained pessary.

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    Dmitry, Fridman; Ambereen, Sleemi

    2014-09-01

    The vaginal pessary is a safe and effective method for the correction of uterovaginal prolapse. Complications are uncommon, but include fistula formation. We report a case of fistulous communication between the ureter and vagina that developed in a patient who had had a pessary for more than 8 years. She initially presented with urinary retention secondary to complete procidentia and declined surgical intervention. The patient was not compliant with follow-up. Eventually, she was scheduled for a vaginal hysterectomy and pelvic floor reconstruction, during which the communicating tract was discovered between the ureter and vagina. Ultimate treatment involved stenting of the ureter and interval ureteroneocystostomy. Fistulae can develop between the ureter and the vagina in the case of procidentia and a retained pessary. PMID:24525663

  15. [Use of pyelo-cystic anastomosis in ureteral obliteration after kidney transplantation].

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    Perlin, D V; Darenkov, S P; Petrova, M V; Anashkin, V A; Okhobotov, D A; Aleksandrov, I V

    2003-01-01

    Reconstruction of the urinary tract because of ureteral stricture after kidney transplantation is a serious problem. In development of obliteration of the recipient's ureter near anastomosis and in the absence of own ureters reconstruction is made by pyelocystoanastomosis. A case is reported of a successful use of this method in reconstruction of the urinary tract. Preoperative preparation includes transcutaneous nephrostomy. Sometimes Boary flap is used. The arising reflux had insignificant effect on the transplant's function. PMID:12621966

  16. [Possibilities of testing sex steroid effects in the uropoietic system].

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    Voigt, R; Klinger, G; Schneider, H J

    1978-10-01

    Progesterone as the main representative of gestagen-effective sexual steroide does not cause allone a statistically significant dilation of the lumina of the ureters compared with the adequate values of the control urogrammes. The fact that in pregnant rabbits no dilation of the ureters and of the renal pelvis was to be found allows the suspicion that during the pregnancy of the animal species used there are other mechanical conditions than during the human gravidity. PMID:735464

  17. Magnetic resonance urography in duplex kidney with ectopic ureteral insertion.

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    Thambidorai, Conjeevaram Rajendrarao; Anuar, Zulfiqar

    2011-07-01

    This is a report on the use of magnetic resonance urography (MRU) in a 6-year-old girl who presented with urinary incontinence. She had a left duplex kidney with poorly functioning upper moiety and ectopic insertion of the dilated upper pole ureter. MRU has been shown to be superior to conventional imaging techniques in delineating poorly functioning moieties of duplex kidneys and ectopic ureters. PMID:21897576

  18. A Novel method of ensuring safe and accurate dilatation during percutaneous nephrolithotomy

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    Javali, Tarun; Pathade, Amey; Nagaraj, H. K.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective: To report our technique that helps locate the guidewire into the ureter enabling safe dilatation during PCNL. Materials and Methods: Cases in which the guidewire failed to pass into the ureter following successful puncture of the desired calyx were subjected to this technique. A second guidewire was passed through the outer sheath of a 9 Fr. metallic dilator cannula, passed over the first guidewire. The cannula and outer sheath were removed, followed by percutaneous passage of a 6/7.5 Fr ureteroscope between the two guidewires, monitoring its progress through both the endoscopic and fluoroscopic monitors. Once the stone was visualized in the calyx a guidewire was passed through the working channel and maneuvered past the stone into the pelvis and ureter under direct endoscopic vision. This was followed by routine tract dilatation. Results: This technique was employed in 85 out of 675 cases of PCNL carried out at our institute between Jan 2010 to June 2014. The mean time required for our technique, calculated from the point of introduction of the ureteroscope untill the successful passage of the guidewire down into the ureter was 95 seconds. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications as a result of this technique. Guidewire could be successfully passed into the ureter in 82 out of 85 cases. Conclusions: Use of the ureteroscope introduced percutaneously through the puncture site in PCNL, is a safe and effective technique that helps in maneuvering the guidewire down into the ureter, which subsequently enables safe dilatation. PMID:26689529

  19. Extracorporeal Ureteric Stenting for Pediatric Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty.

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    Kocherov, Stanislav; Lev, Genady; Chertin, Leonid; Chertin, Boris

    2016-04-01

    Introduction We aimed to evaluate a novel technique for ureteric stent insertion during dismembered pediatric laparoscopic pyeloplasty. Patients and Methods Following identification and dissection of the ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) with the proximal part of ureter, the ureter is dismembered just proximal to the UPJ at the level of the renal pelvis, allowing use of the excess pelvic tissue for further manipulation of the ureter. Then the abdomen is desufflated and the ureter delivered to the skin level. The externalized ureter is then spatulated and the stent inserted in an antegrade fashion to the bladder. The first stitch for further laparoscopic anastomosis is applied to the lower part of the spatulated ureteric end and then following insufflations the ureter is returned to the abdomen. The laparoscopic anastomosis is completed in a routine fashion. Results Over the past 4 years, we have used this technique in 26 children (17 boys and 9 girls) with median age of 4 years (range, 2-18 years). Left pyeloplasty was performed in 16 and right pyeloplasty in the remaining 10 patients. The mean (range) time of insertion was 6 minutes (range, 4-7 minutes). All stents were correctly placed. In one patient, the stent dislodged to distal part of the ureter. No other intraoperative or postoperative complications related to our technique of stent insertion were observed. Conclusion Our data show that extracorporeal antegrade ureteric stent insertion is an easy-to-learn and a safe and reliable technique for pediatric dismembered pyeloplasty. It obviates the problem of having the stent in the pelvis during dissection and the need for patient repositioning. PMID:25774958

  20. Arterioureteral fistula: an unusual clinical case.

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    Coelho, Hugo; Freire, Maria José; Azinhais, Paulo; Temido, Paulo

    2016-01-01

    Arterioureteral fistulas (AUFs) are abnormal communications between a major artery and the mid to distal ureter. It is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition that is seldom recognised. We present a case of a 66-year-old man who was admitted to the surgical ward owing to infection of an aortic bifemoral bypass graft. During admission, the patient developed persistent haematuria with considerable loss of haemoglobin. He was submitted to urgent surgical exploration of the graft. An ascending pyelography performed at the beginning of the surgery clearly shows a communication between the left ureter and the vascular graft. Open surgical exploration was undertaken, the fistulised section of the ureter resected and an end-to-end ureteroplasty was performed. The vascular graft was removed and the patient later submitted to left supracondylar amputation. Urinary drainage remained intact. PMID:26969358

  1. Diagnosis and management of urinary ectopia.

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    Davidson, Autumn P; Westropp, Jodi L

    2014-03-01

    Ectopic ureters are the most common cause of urinary incontinence in young dogs but should be considered as a differential in any incontinent dog for which the history is not known. Ectopic ureters can be diagnosed with excretory urography, fluoroscopic urethrography or ureterography, abdominal ultrasonography, cystoscopy, helical computed tomography, or a combination of these diagnostic procedures. Other congenital abnormalities can also occur in dogs with ectopic ureters, including renal agenesis or dysplasia, hydronephrosis, and/or hydroureter and vestibulovaginal anomalies; therefore, the entire urinary system must be evaluated with ultrasonography if cystoscopy is the only other diagnostic tool used before surgery. Novel surgical techniques and adjunctive medical management have improved the prognosis for dogs with urinary ectopia. PMID:24580995

  2. Urolithiasis in primary obstructive megaureter: a management dilemma

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    Kumar, Arvind; Goel, Apul; Singh, Manmeet; Sankwar, Satya Narayan

    2014-01-01

    Megaureter with urolithiasis is an uncommon entity. These stones may be located in the kidney, ureter or both. Management of these cases is difficult due to free mobility and stone multiplicity. As there are no guidelines about the management, the surgeon usually manages according to her/his experience, stone location or burden. The goal is to remove the stones and reimplant the ureters in the same session, if possible. We describe single-stage management of one such patient who presented with bilateral multiple ureteral and left renal stones. The left ureteral stones were first flushed into the kidney by the ureteroscope. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy was then performed and stones were removed intact. The patient was then turned supine and the location of right ureteral stones was confirmed by fluoroscopy in the same location (right lower ureter). The patient underwent successful bilateral ureteroneocystostomy with simultaneous removal of right lower ureteral stones. PMID:24879732

  3. On the calibre of the ureteric lumen.

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    Hoyes, A D; Barber, P

    1978-01-01

    The cross sectional appearances of the lumen of rat ureter were compared in specimens fixed by perfusion and by immersion and processed for electron microscopy. After efficient perfusion fixation in untreated animals, and in animals previously injected with 6-hydroxydopamine, there was substantial dilatation of the ureter, and the lumen was approximately circular in section. In inadequately perfused and immersion-fixed material the lumen was usually narrowed, and was either slit-like or stellate in appearance. Ultrastructural examination indicated that closure of the lumen was accompanied by the development in the cells of the muscle coat of the features usually associated with contraction, and the possibility that the appearance of the ureter in well perfused specimens approximated to its state in vivo was discussed. Images Figs. 1-4 Fig. 5 Fig. 6 PMID:649499

  4. MULTIDETECTOR-ROW COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF PRESUMED PREURETERAL VENA CAVA IN CATS.

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    Pey, Pascaline; Marcon, Oriana; Drigo, Michele; Specchi, Swan; Bertolini, Giovanna

    2015-01-01

    Preureteral vena cava (circumcaval ureter, retrocaval ureter) occurs in a third of the feline population and has been associated with ureteral strictures in humans. The aim of this retrospective cross-sectional study was to describe the contrast-enhanced multidetector row computed tomographic (MDCT) characteristics of presumed preureteral vena cava in a group of cats. Medical records from two institutions located in different continents were searched from 2010-2013 for cases with complete contrast-enhanced MDCT examinations of the abdomen (i.e. included the entire course of the ureters and prerenal and renal segments of the caudal vena cava) and a diagnosis of preureteral caudal vena cava. For cases meeting inclusion criteria, CT scan data were retrieved and characteristics of the preureteral caudal vena cava were recorded. Presence of concomitant renal or ureteral diseases was also recorded. A total of 272 cats had contrast-enhanced abdominal CT scans during the study period and of these, 68 cats (22.43 ± 4.96%) had a diagnosis of presumed preureteral vena cava. In all affected cats, a "reverse-J ureter" was observed, i.e. a ureter running medially at the level of L4-5, passing dorsally to the caudal vena cava and then exiting ventrally between the caudal vena cava and aorta returning to its normal position. Having a preureteral vena cava resulted in an increased risk for concurrent urinary signs (OR = 3.00; CI: 95%; 1.28-6.99; P = 0.01). Findings supported the use of contrast-enhanced MDCT for characterizing morphology of preureteral vena cava and its relation with ureters in cats. PMID:25786990

  5. Spontaneous Forniceal Rupture in Pregnancy

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    Upputalla, Roshni; Moore, Robert M.; Jim, Belinda

    2015-01-01

    Forniceal rupture is a rare event in pregnancy. We report a case of a 26-year-old primigravid woman who experienced a forniceal rupture at 23 weeks of gestation with no inciting cause except for pregnancy. Pregnancy is associated with ureteral compression due to increase in pelvic vasculature with the right ureter more dilated due to anatomic reasons. Hormones such as prostaglandins and progesterone render the ureter more distensible to allow for pressure build-up and an obstructive picture at the collecting system. We will discuss physiologic changes in pregnancies that predispose to this uncommon phenomenon and the most up-to-date management strategies. PMID:25648411

  6. Endoluminal release of ureteral ligature after hysterectomy.

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    Wang, Chih-Jen; Lin, Victor Chia-Hsiang; Huang, Ching-Yu

    2016-01-01

    Iatrogenic ureteral injury is a well-recognized complication of abdominal total hysterectomy. We report a case of a 57-year-old female who underwent abdominal total hysterectomy for a uterine myoma and experienced severe right flank pain postoperatively. The imaging study displayed an obstruction of the right distal ureter. Under ureteroscopy, an extraluminal ligature was released with a holmium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser. The stenotic segment was immediately relieved. Two months later, the intravenous urogram illustrated patency of the distal ureter with regression of right hydronephrosis. There was no recurrent hydronephrosis during 1 year of follow-up. PMID:25241286

  7. Veliparib, Cisplatin, and Gemcitabine Hydrochloride in Treating Patients With Advanced Biliary, Pancreatic, Urothelial, or Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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    2013-07-01

    Advanced Adult Primary Liver Cancer; Localized Unresectable Adult Primary Liver Cancer; Metastatic Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Regional Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Stage III Bladder Cancer; Stage III Pancreatic Cancer; Stage IIIA Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIB Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Bladder Cancer; Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer; Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder; Unresectable Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer; Unresectable Gallbladder Cancer

  8. Crossed Fused Renal Ectopia: Presentations on 99mTc-MAG3 Scan, 99mTc-DMSA SPECT, and Multidetector CT.

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    Moon, Eun Ha; Kim, Min-Woo; Kim, Young Jun; Sun, In O

    2015-10-01

    Crossed renal ectopia is an uncommon developmental anomaly in which both kidneys are located on the same side of the body. The present case describes a 20-year-old man who underwent the military entrance physical examination. The ultrasound showed the right kidney in normal site with slightly increased size, but the left kidney was not identified. Tc-MAG3 scan showed a single kidney with 2 ureters, and the orifices of the ureters were connected at both sides of bladder. Tc-DMSA SPECT and contrast-enhanced multidetector CT were performed and revealed crossed fused renal ectopia. PMID:26252333

  9. Fibromatosis--a rare retroperitoneal tumour.

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    Uranüs, S; Beham, A; Stenzl, W

    1990-01-01

    A case of retroperitoneal fibromatosis in a 28-year-old white male is presented. The soft tissue tumor, with a weight of 8000 g, was resected by laparotomy. Because of adhesions to the ascending colon and the right ureter, a hemicolectomy and partial resection of the right ureter had to be performed additionally. Intraabdominal fibromatoses are very infrequent tumorous lesions of the connective tissue, occurring retroperitoneally only in isolated cases. Their etiology is presumed to be a hereditary or gene-associated defect in the regulation of connective tissue growth. In addition, trauma and hormonal influences often appear as inductive cofactors. PMID:2308441

  10. Split-bolus MR urography: synchronous visualization of obstructing vessels and collecting system in children

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    Battal, Bilal; Kocaoğlu, Murat; Akgün, Veysel; İnce, Selami; Gök, Faysal; Taşar, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    Several vascular abnormalities related with urinary system such as crossing accessory renal vessels, retroiliac ureters, retrocaval ureters, posterior nutcracker syndrome, and ovarian vein syndrome may be responsible for urinary collecting system obstruction. Split-bolus magnetic resonance urography (MRU) using contrast material as two separate bolus injections provides superior demonstration of the collecting system and obstructing vascular anomalies simultaneously and enables accurate preoperative radiologic diagnosis. In this pictorial review we aimed to outline the split-bolus MRU technique in children, list the coexisting congenital collecting system and vascular abnormalities, and exhibit the split-bolus MRU appearances of concurrent urinary collecting system and vascular abnormalities. PMID:26359874

  11. Split-bolus MR urography: synchronous visualization of obstructing vessels and collecting system in children.

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    Battal, Bilal; Kocaoğlu, Murat; Akgün, Veysel; İnce, Selami; Gök, Faysal; Taşar, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    Several vascular abnormalities related with urinary system such as crossing accessory renal vessels, retroiliac ureters, retrocaval ureters, posterior nutcracker syndrome, and ovarian vein syndrome may be responsible for urinary collecting system obstruction. Split-bolus magnetic resonance urography (MRU) using contrast material as two separate bolus injections provides superior demonstration of the collecting system and obstructing vascular anomalies simultaneously and enables accurate preoperative radiologic diagnosis. In this pictorial review we aimed to outline the split-bolus MRU technique in children, list the coexisting congenital collecting system and vascular abnormalities, and exhibit the split-bolus MRU appearances of concurrent urinary collecting system and vascular abnormalities. PMID:26359874

  12. Ureteral Embolization to Prevent Thrombotic Obstruction of Nephrostomy Catheters in the Context of Refractory Hemorrhagic Radiation Cystitis with Severe Vesicoureteral Reflux.

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    Yarlagadda, Vidhush; Pettibon, Keith; Ertel, Nathan; Nix, Jeffrey

    2016-01-01

    We present a case of refractory hemorrhagic radiation cystitis in a patient who failed conservative management and was unable to undergo operative urinary diversion secondary to multiple comorbidities. His management was complicated by recurrent obstruction of his nephrostomy catheters due to marked ureteral thrombus formation from blood refluxing into the ureters from the urinary bladder. We were successful in treating his condition by occluding his distal ureters with a combination of embolization coils and glue to prevent the reflux of blood in order to allow his nephrostomy catheters to function properly. PMID:27019759

  13. Ureteral Embolization to Prevent Thrombotic Obstruction of Nephrostomy Catheters in the Context of Refractory Hemorrhagic Radiation Cystitis with Severe Vesicoureteral Reflux

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    Yarlagadda, Vidhush; Pettibon, Keith; Ertel, Nathan

    2016-01-01

    We present a case of refractory hemorrhagic radiation cystitis in a patient who failed conservative management and was unable to undergo operative urinary diversion secondary to multiple comorbidities. His management was complicated by recurrent obstruction of his nephrostomy catheters due to marked ureteral thrombus formation from blood refluxing into the ureters from the urinary bladder. We were successful in treating his condition by occluding his distal ureters with a combination of embolization coils and glue to prevent the reflux of blood in order to allow his nephrostomy catheters to function properly. PMID:27019759

  14. Iatrogenic ureteric injuries: approaches to etiology and management

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    Watterson, James D.; Mahoney, John E.; Futter, Norman G.; Gaffield, Johanna

    1998-01-01

    Injury to the ureter is a risk of any pelvic or abdominal surgery, including laparoscopy and ureteroscopy. The morbidity associated with such injury may be serious, resulting in increased hospital stay, compromise of the original surgical outcome, secondary invasive interventions, reoperation, potential loss of renal function and deterioration of the patient’s quality of life. Management of ureteric injuries, in conjunction with frank and open dialogue with the patient, can lead to an optimal outcome. For ureteral ligation, removal of the suture and assessment of ureteral viability are recommended, with surgical correction if necessary. For partial transection primary closure is suggested over stent placement. For uncomplicated upper- and middle-third ureteral injury ureteroureterostomy is the procedure of choice. For injuries above the pelvic brim several procedures are available: ureteroureterostomy, ureteroileal interposition and nephrectomy. For injuries below the pelvic brim ureteroneocystostomy is recommended with a psoas hitch or Boari bladder flap. To decrease the incidence of iatrogenic ureteral injury, a sound knowledge of abdominal and pelvic anatomy is the best prevention. If the proposed operation is likely to be close to the ureter, the ureter should be identified at the pelvic brim. If the dissection is likely to be difficult, preoperative intravenous pyelography and placement of a ureteral catheter may help in identifying and protecting the ureter. PMID:9793505

  15. Endoscopic treatment of vesicoureteral reflux in children with subureteral dextranomer/hyaluronic acid injection: a single-centre, 7-year experience

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    Biočíc, Mihovil; Todoríc, Jakov; Budimir, Dražen; Roíc, Andrea Cvitkovíc; Pogorelíc, Zenon; Juríc, Ivo; Šušnjar, Tomislav

    2012-01-01

    Background The goals of medical intervention in patients with vesicoureteral reflux are to allow normal renal growth, prevent infections and pyelonephritis, and prevent renal failure. We present our experience with endoscopic treatment of vesicoureteral reflux in children by subureteral dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer injection. Methods Under cystoscopic guidance, dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer underneath the intravesical portion of the ureter in a subureteral or submucosal location was injected in patients undergoing endoscopic correction of vesicoureteral reflux. Results A total of 282 patients (120 boys and 162 girls) underwent the procedure. There were 396 refluxed ureters altogether. The mean age of patients was 4.9 years. The mean overall follow-up period was 44 months. Among the 396 ureters treated, 76% were cured with a single injection. A second and third injection raised the cure rate to 93% and 94%, respectively. Twenty-two (6%) ureters failed all 3 injections, and were converted to open surgery. Conclusion Endoscopic treatment of vesicoureteral reflux can be recommended as a first-line therapy for most cases of vesicoureteral reflux, because of the short hospital stay, absence of complications and the high success rate. PMID:22854114

  16. Horseshoe kidney transplantation

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    Kanyári, Zsolt; Zádori, Gergely; Zsom, Lajos; Berhés, Mariann; Hamar, Mátyás; Kóbor, Krisztina; Péter, Antal

    2015-01-01

    Horseshoe kidney is a fusion anomaly found in approximately one in 400–600 people. Due to vascular and ureteral variations, transplantation with a horseshoe kidney presents a technical challenge. In our case, the isthmus connected the upper poles and contained parenchyma. It consisted of three renal arteries, five veins collected to the inferior vena cava, and two ureters and pyelons. It was implanted en bloc to the left side retroperitoneally. During the early period, cellular and humoral rejection was confirmed and treated. For a urine leak, double J catheters were implanted into both ureters. Later, the first catheter was removed. Subsequently, urinary sepsis developed, necessitating graftectomy. The uncommon anatomy of ureters and antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) may both be factors for a ureter tip necrosis led to an infected urinoma. After other Hungarian authors, we also report a horseshoe kidney transplantation that was technically successful. However, after an adequately treated but severe acute humoral rejection, the patient developed sepsis, and the kidney had to be removed. We conclude that transplantation with horseshoe kidney is technically feasible but may increase the risk for urinary complications and resultant infections. Careful consideration of risk and benefit is advised when a transplant professional is faced with this option. PMID:26120481

  17. Ureteral Dilatation with No Apparent Cause on Intravenous Urography: Normal or Abnormal? A Pilot Study

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    Rathi, Vinita; Agrawal, Sachin; Bhatt, Shuchi; Sharma, Naveen

    2015-01-01

    A pilot study was done in 18 adults to assess the significance of ureteral dilatation having no apparent cause seen on Intravenous Urography (IVU). A clinicoradiological evaluation was undertaken to evaluate the cause of ureteral dilatation, including laboratory investigations and sonography of the genitourinary tract. This was followed, if required, by CT Urography (using a modified technique). In 9 out of 18 cases, the cause of ureteral dilatation on laboratory investigations was urinary tract infection (6) and tuberculosis (3). In the remaining 9 cases, CTU identified the cause as extrinsic compression by a vessel (3), extrinsic vascular compression of the ureter along with ureteritis (2), extrinsic vascular impression on the right ureter and ureteritis in the left ureter (1), ureteral stricture (2), and ureteral calculus (1). Extrinsic vascular compression and strictures did not appear to be clinically significant in our study. Hence, ureteral dilatation without any apparent cause on intravenous urogram was found to be clinically significant in 12 out of 18 (66.6%) cases. We conclude that ureteral dilatation with no apparent cause on IVU may indicate urinary tract tuberculosis, urinary tract infection (E. coli), or a missed calculus. Thus, cases with a dilated ureter on IVU, having no obvious cause, should undergo a detailed clinicoradiological evaluation and CTU should be used judiciously. PMID:26576150

  18. Laparoscopic bypass pyeloureterostomy.

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    Noh, Paul H; Shah, Anish K

    2013-02-01

    Minimally invasive surgery has been increasingly applied in paediatric urology, including the treatment of ureteropelvic junction obstruction. To the best of our knowledge, we describe the first laparoscopic bypass pyeloureterostomy in a 3-month-old male infant, with giant hydronephrosis and high insertion of the ureter into the renal pelvis. PMID:22889709

  19. Horseshoe kidney transplantation.

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    Nemes, Balázs; Kanyári, Zsolt; Zádori, Gergely; Zsom, Lajos; Berhés, Mariann; Hamar, Mátyás; Kóbor, Krisztina; Péter, Antal

    2015-06-01

    Horseshoe kidney is a fusion anomaly found in approximately one in 400-600 people. Due to vascular and ureteral variations, transplantation with a horseshoe kidney presents a technical challenge. In our case, the isthmus connected the upper poles and contained parenchyma. It consisted of three renal arteries, five veins collected to the inferior vena cava, and two ureters and pyelons. It was implanted en bloc to the left side retroperitoneally. During the early period, cellular and humoral rejection was confirmed and treated. For a urine leak, double J catheters were implanted into both ureters. Later, the first catheter was removed. Subsequently, urinary sepsis developed, necessitating graftectomy. The uncommon anatomy of ureters and antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) may both be factors for a ureter tip necrosis led to an infected urinoma. After other Hungarian authors, we also report a horseshoe kidney transplantation that was technically successful. However, after an adequately treated but severe acute humoral rejection, the patient developed sepsis, and the kidney had to be removed. We conclude that transplantation with horseshoe kidney is technically feasible but may increase the risk for urinary complications and resultant infections. Careful consideration of risk and benefit is advised when a transplant professional is faced with this option. PMID:26120481

  20. Malignant paraganglioma in a cougar (Puma concolor).

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    Duhamelle, Alexis; Langlois, Isabelle; Pey, Pascaline; Tremblay, Josée; Ruel, Hélène; Parent, Joane; Lussier, Joanie; Doré, Monique

    2014-12-01

    A 7½-yr-old male cougar (Puma concolor) was presented with a 2-wk history of progressive hindlimb abnormalities. An abdominal mass was palpated on physical examination. Computed tomography of the abdomen showed a mass surrounding the left ureter. A postmortem diagnosis of paraganglioma was established. PMID:25632701

  1. Ureteric foreign body following previous aorto-iliac graft

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    da Silva, Vitor; Taylor, Jonathan

    2015-01-01

    Foreign bodies in the ureter are extremely rare. We report a case of an 82-year-old man who, after an incidental presentation with asymptomatic hydroureteronephrosis, had an intraureteric foreign body. The patient was managed with atraumatic endoscopic extraction of the specimen. PMID:26029300

  2. Complete Genome Sequence of a Novel Chimpanzee Polyomavirus from a Western Common Chimpanzee.

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    van Persie, Jolanda; Buitendijk, Hester; Fagrouch, Zahra; Bogers, Willy; Haaksma, Tom; Kondova, Ivanela; Verschoor, Ernst J

    2016-01-01

    We report here the full-length genome sequence of a novel chimpanzee polyomavirus. Viral sequences were recovered from colon, bladder, and ureter tissue from a western common chimpanzee. The virus is genetically closely related to the human BK polyomavirus. PMID:26798086

  3. Sonographic diagnosis of a presumed ureteral tear in a horse.

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    Diaz, Olga Seco; Zarucco, Laura; Dolente, Brett; Reef, Virginia B

    2004-01-01

    A 14-year-old thoroughbred gelding was presented for the evaluation of acute abdominal pain. Rectally, there was a soft fluctuant painful swelling dorsal to the bladder and to the right of the midline. The creatinine concentration of the peritoneal fluid was 15 mg/dl. Transrectal ultrasonographic examination of the urinary tract revealed a large collection of fluid dissecting from the pelvic portion of the right ureter ventrally through the right side of the bladder wall and into the retroperitoneal space, and a thickened right ureter and bladder wall at the level of the trigone. Cystoscopically there was moderate hemorrhage within the wall of the bladder. Ultrasonography revealed air within the retroperitoneal fluid collection after ureteral catheterization, confirming the preliminary diagnosis of a tear in the right ureter. The gelding was treated medically. After 48 h of hospitalization, nuclear scintigraphy revealed normal clearance from both kidneys and no apparent leakage from the right ureter. The ureteral tear and urinoma were monitored using transrectal ultrasound until resolution. The horse was successfully returned to racing. This case establishes the value of diagngstic ultrasound in the diagnosis and monitoring of a traumatic ureteral tear in a horse. PMID:15005365

  4. Mesenteric desmoid-type fibromatosis causing secondary hypertension in a young woman

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    Kim, Mi-Seon; Jung, Myung-Chul; Kim, Yong-Bong

    2014-01-01

    This report describes an 18-year-old woman presenting with abdominal distension, left flank pain, and hypertension. She had a huge abdominal mass, diagnosed as a mesenteric desmoid-type fibromatosis, causing compression of the left external iliac vessels and ureter, as well as elevated renin concentration and hypertension. After surgical removal of the mass, all signs improved including hypertension. PMID:25264535

  5. Ureterorenoscopic treatment of ureteral stones – influence of operator’s experience and skill on the procedure outcome

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    Librenjak, Davor; Šitum, Marijan; Gugić, Dijana; Milostić, Kazimir; Duvnjak, Mario

    2011-01-01

    Aim To observe the influence of operating urologist’s education and adopted skills on the outcome of ureterorenoscopy treatment of ureteral stones. Methods The study included 422 patients (234 men, 55.4%) who underwent ureterorenoscopy to treat ureteral stones at the Urology Department of Clinical Hospital Center Split, Croatia, between 2001 and 2009. All interventions were carried out with a semi-rigid Wolf ureteroscope and an electropneumatic generator used for lithotripsy. The operating specialists were divided into two groups. The first group included 4 urologists who had started learning and performing endoscopic procedures at the beginning of their specialization and the second group included 4 urologists who had started performing endoscopic procedures later in their careers, on average more than 5 years after specialization. Results Radiology tests confirmed that 87% (208/238) of stones were completely removed from the distal ureter, 54% (66/123) from the middle ureter, and 46% (28/61) from the proximal ureter. The first group of urologists completed significantly more procedures successfully, especially for the stones in the distal (95% vs 74%; P = 0.001) and middle ureter (66% vs 38%; P = 0.002), and their patients spent less time in the hospital postoperatively. Conclusion Urologists who started learning and performing endoscopic procedures at the beginning of their specialization are more successful in performing ureteroscopy. It is important that young specialists receive timely and systematic education and cooperate with more experienced colleagues. PMID:21328721

  6. EGF AND TGF ALPHA EXPRESSION INFLUENCE THE DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY OF TCDD: DOSE RESPONSE AND AHR PHENOTYPE IN EGF, TGF ALPHA AND EGF+TGF ALPHA KNOCKOUT MICE

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    Abstract
    The environmental toxicant 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) produces cleft palate (CP) and hydronephrosis (HN) in mice. The etiology of these defects involves hyperproliferation of epithelial cells of the secondary palatal shelf and ureter, respectively. ...

  7. Postpartum vaginal cystic lesions: everyday practice or a differential diagnosis challenge?

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    Machairiotis, Nikolaos; Tourountous, Ioannis; Karamperis, Alexandros; Zarogoulidis, Paul; Oikonomou, Anastasia; Theodoros, Rokkos; Palouki, Panagiota; Hohenforst-Schmidt, Wolfgang; Zissimopoulos, Athanasios; Machairiotis, Christodoulos

    2013-01-01

    Postpartum vaginal cystic lesions constitute a common situation that is caused either by inflammation or by accumulation of lymph. We report a case of a 33-year-old woman who had bilateral duplication of the pelvicalyceal system and ureter, and after the labor of her second child, she had one ureter prolapse into the vagina after initially appearing as a cystic lesion. Ureteral duplication is the most common renal abnormality, occurring in approximately 1% of the population and in 10% of children who are diagnosed with urinary tract infections. In our case we consider possible that this clinical situation was a result of a combination of postpartum pelvic floor trauma and prolapse of the ureter. There are only several of these cases in the literature where ureter prolapse is associated and complicated by pelvic floor trauma caused during or after labor. The clinical approach of the cystic lesions located in the vagina during the postpartum period should include a meticulous examination of the urinary system before any other medical practice. PMID:23803247

  8. Ionizing radiation and kidney cancer among Japanese atomic bomb survivors.

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    Richardson, David B; Hamra, Ghassan

    2010-06-01

    Understanding of the role of radiation as a cause of kidney cancer remains limited. The most common types of kidney cancer are renal cell carcinoma and renal pelvis carcinoma. It has been posited that these entities differ in their degree of radiogenicity. Recent analyses of cancer incidence and mortality in the Life Span Study (LSS) of Japanese atomic bomb survivors have examined associations between ionizing radiation and renal cell carcinoma, but these analyses have not reported results for cancer of the renal pelvis and ureters. This paper reports the results of analyses of kidney cancer incidence during the period 1958-1998 among 105,427 atomic bomb survivors. Poisson regression methods were used to derive estimates of associations between radiation dose (in sievert, Sv) and cancer of the renal parenchyma (n = 167), and cancer of the renal pelvis and ureter (n = 80). Heterogeneity by cancer site was tested by joint modeling of cancer risks. Radiation dose was positively associated with cancers of the renal pelvis and ureter [excess relative rate (ERR)/Sv = 1.65; 90% confidence interval (CI): 0.37, 3.78]. The magnitude of this association was larger than the estimated association between radiation dose and cancer of the renal parenchyma (ERR/Sv = 0.27; 90% CI = -0.19, 0.98). While the association between radiation and cancer of the renal parenchyma was of greater magnitude at ages <55 years (ERR/Sv = 2.82; 90% CI = 0.45, 8.89) than at older attained ages (ERR/Sv = -0.11; 90% CI = nd, 0.53), the association between radiation and cancers of the renal pelvis and ureter varied minimally across these categories of attained age. A test of heterogeneity of type-specific risks provides modest support for the conclusion that risks vary by kidney cancer site (LRT = 2.34, 1 d.f., P = 0.13). Since some studies of radiation-exposed populations examine these sites in aggregate, results were also derived for the combined category of cancer of the renal parenchyma, renal pelvis and ureters. Overall, there was a positive association between radiation and the combined category of cancer of the renal parenchyma, renal pelvis and ureters (ERR/Sv = 0.60, 90% CI: 0.09, 1.30). Updated follow-up of the LSS cohort provides substantial additional information on the association between radiation and cancer of the renal pelvis and ureter, a site not examined in recent reports on analyses of these data. The results are suggestive of differences between the different regions of the kidney in sensitivity to the carcinogenic effects of ionizing radiation. PMID:20518663

  9. Complete laparoscopic nephroureterectomy with intravesical lockable clip

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    Eret, Viktor; Ürge, Tomáš; Klečka, Jiří; Trávníček, Ivan; Hes, Ondřej; Petersson, Fredrik; Stránský, Petr

    2012-01-01

    Introduction We present a cohort of patients with low-stage pelviureteric neoplastic disease who underwent complete laparoscopic nephroureterectomy (CLNUE) with intravesical lockable clip (IVLC). Due to the absence of a standard technique of NUE, the study was not randomized. Materials From 1/2010 to 1/2012, 21 patients were subjected to CLNUE-IVLC. The first step was transurethral excision of the ureterovesical junction with Collin's knife deep into the paravesical adipose tissue. The ureter was grasped with biopsy forceps and the distal end of the ureter was occluded with lockable clip. The applicator was introduced through a 5 mm port inserted as an epicystostomy. The patients were rotated to flank position and CLNUE followed. The endoscopically introduced clip on the distal ureter is proof of completion of the total ureterectomy. Results The mean operation time was 161 (115-200) min. In four (19.0%), the application of the clip failed and CLNUE was completed with non-occluded ureter. In three cases, subsequent laparoscopic nephrectomy was converted to open surgery. In two cases, the distal ureterectomy was completed with pluck technique through a lower abdominal incision that was also used for extraction of the specimen. There were four complications (Clavien II 2x, IIIb, V). Follow-up was available for all – mean 10.6 (range: 0-25) months. One died of disease generalization within 11 months. Conclusion CLNUE-IVLC is fast and safe. If needed, the endoscopic phase can be switched to open NUE. Disadvantages include: the need to change the position of the patient, the risk of inability to apply the clip on the distal ureter, and the risk of an unclosed defect of the urinary bladder. PMID:24578933

  10. Abdominal pain and hematuria: duodenal perforation from ingested foreign body causing ureteral obstruction and hydronephrosis.

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    Kolbe, Nina; Sisson, Kathleen; Albaran, Renato

    2016-01-01

    Foreign body (FB) ingestion is a relatively common reason for visits to the emergency room. If the FB is symptomatic or damaging to the patient, either endoscopic or surgical intervention should ensue. We present a case of abdominal pain and hematuria beginning ∼24 h after an incidental FB ingestion. Initial CT imaging defined a linear opacity perforating through the posterior duodenal wall abutting the ureter causing inflammation and hydronephrosis. After two unsuccessful endoscopic attempts at retrieval, we were able to identify the object with the aid of intraoperative fluoroscopy and surgically remove the FB. The patient recovered uneventfully and was discharged home. Posterior duodenal perforation by an FB may not manifest with obvious localized or systemic symptoms unless the perforation involves surrounding structures such as the aorta, vena cava or ureter. In such cases, surgical intervention is required for FB removal. PMID:26903557

  11. Role of external radiation therapy in urinary cancers.

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    Parisi, S; Troiano, M; Corsa, P; Raguso, A; Cossa, S; Piazzolla, E E; Munafò, T; Sanpaolo, G; Natuno, A; Maiello, E

    2007-06-01

    Invasive urinary tumors are relatively rare and their treatment may cause important changes in urinary, sexual, and social functions. A systematic review of external radiation therapy studies in urinary cancers has been carried out. This synthesis of the literature is based on data from meta-analysis, randomized and prospective trials, and retrospective studies. There are few controlled clinical trials using adjuvant or radical radiotherapy +/- chemotherapy in kidney, ureter, and urethra cancers; there are several reports of muscle-invasive bladder cancer using multimodality treatment: intravesical surgery and neo-adjuvant chemotherapy to radiotherapy or concomitant radiochemotherapy with organ preservation. The conclusions reached for renal cancer are controversial; urethra and ureter cancers data are few and inconclusive; sufficient data now exist in literature to demonstrate that conservative management with organ preservation, for muscle-invasive bladder cancer, is a valid alternative to radical cystectomy, viewed as the gold standard. PMID:17591812

  12. Spontaneous retrograde migration of ureterovesical junction stone to the kidney; first ever reported case in the English literature in human

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    Khan, Ziauddin; Yaqoob, Alaeddin A.; Bhatty, Tanweer A.

    2016-01-01

    We present a case of spontaneous retrograde migration of ureterovesical junction stone to the kidney. A 26-year-old Bahraini male, diagnosed with left lower ureteric stone 7 months before this presentation. On his recent presentation, the stone has migrated down but not passed, confirmed on imaging. Operative removal was planned. X-ray kidney ureter bladder (KUB) in the morning of surgery did not reveal stone in the ureter, but the same shadow was seen in the kidney. An urgent computerized tomography-KUB was done, and this confirms the stone has migrated to the kidney. Surgery was canceled, and the stone was dealt with extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy and was fragmented in the first session. This retrograde migration of lower ureteric stone to the kidney is not reported in the English literature in human before. PMID:27141199

  13. Pulsed dye laser fragmentation of ureteral calculi: initial clinical experience.

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    Dretler, S P; Watson, G; Parrish, J A; Murray, S

    1987-03-01

    The pulsed dye laser, emitting at wavelengths of 504 nm. for 1 microsecond. at a frequency of 5 Hz. transmitted via a 250 mu in diameter silicon-coated quartz fiber, was passed into the ureter through the working channel of a 9.5F rigid ureteroscope. Seventeen patients with ureteral calculi too large to be extracted directly, who were unable to be treated by extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy or who otherwise would have required transureteral or percutaneous ultrasonic stone removal, underwent attempted stone fragmentation by pulsed dye laser application. Of the 17 calculi 16 were fragmented to spontaneously passable or easily extractable fragments. There was no significant ureteral injury, thermal or otherwise, attributable to laser energy action. At 3-month followup 15 of the 17 ureters had improved and 2 showed evidence of ureterscopic injury. The mechanism of stone fragmentation by laser is small volume "shock wave" formation. PMID:3820363

  14. Robotic surgery for treatment of chyluria.

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    Barman, Naman; Palese, Michael

    2016-03-01

    Chyle is a milky lymphatic fluid that is normally formed in the small intestine to aid in the absorption of dietary fats. Occasionally, chyle leaks into the kidney, ureter, or bladder, which results in chyluria. Chyluria is most commonly caused by the parasite Wuchereria bancrofti and is therefore extremely rare in the USA. The use of robotic surgery for treatment has been suggested as a viable option, but has not been thoroughly reported in the literature. This article reviews the literature on the various treatment options for chyluria and presents the case of a 75-year-old Indian female from the USA who was diagnosed with non-parasitic, persistent chyluria and treated with right robotic ureterolysis, renal hilar dissection and intraperitonealization of the ureter. PMID:26861449

  15. [An unusual cause of ureteral obstruction in kidney transplant].

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    Vigo, Valentina; Rossi, Luigi; Lisi, Piero; Antonelli, Maurizio; Lomonte, Carlo; Basile, Carlo

    2016-01-01

    Inguinal herniation of the ureter in a kidney transplantation is a rare cause of late distal ureteral obstruction. Herniation is usually secondary to the implant of a long redundant ureter and to its course on the spermatic cord. This clinical condition can worsen graft function in the presence of ipsilateral hydroureteronephrosis. In this review, we describe the case of an asymptomatic 51-year-old man with a history of right iliac renal allotransplantation 12 years before. Kidney ultrasound showed moderate hydroureteronephrosis and ureteral kneeling at the upper third of the inguinal canal. The patient presented a mild increase in serum creatinine; physical examination revealed an ipsilateral inguinal hernia. A CT scan of the abdomen with no contrast medium confirmed middle-distal ureteral kneeling engaging in the sac of the right inguinal hernia. The patient underwent surgical hernia repair with no complications and his renal function recovered completely. PMID:26913744

  16. Mast cell sarcoma with megakaryocytic differentiation in a calf.

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    Fujimoto, Ayako; Wada, Yoshihiro; Kanada, Toshiaki; Ishikawa, Yoshiharu; Kadota, Koichi

    2012-12-01

    A case of mast cell sarcoma in a 5-month-old Holstein female calf is described. Macroscopically, enlargement of the spleen, lymph nodes, tonsils and kidneys was noted, and there were tumor masses in the neck region and on the pleura and peritoneum. The pericardium and uterine and ureter walls were also involved by tumor. Most neoplastic cells had eosinophilic granules, which were metachromatic and positive for naphthol AS-D chloroacetate esterase and tryptase, whereas smaller numbers of cells were positive for factor VIII-related antigen, a marker of megakaryocytes. Some of the predominant type of these tumor cells were found within the epithelia of the lungs, tonsils, gastrointestinal tract, liver, ureters, urinary bladder and uterus. Their normal counterparts were considered to be globule leukocytes. PMID:22813945

  17. Nodular renal blastoma in kidney with multicystic dysplasia. Report of a case.

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    Corsi, A; Boldrini, R; Caione, P; Bosman, C

    1995-04-01

    The clinico-pathologic association of nodular renal blastema, multicystic kidney and obstructive uropathy has been recently identified. We report on a female patient diagnosed as having unilater multicystic dysplasia by prenatal ultrasonography. The patient was nephrectomized at the age of 6 1/2 months. Examination of the resected kidney revealed multiple unilocular cysts in the cortex and hypoplasia of the homolateral ureter; histological study confirmed the presence of multiple cysts limited to the renal cortex, and revealed, among them, multiple cortical metanephric blastema cells islands. Our case supports a relationship between nodular renal blastema, cortical cysts and obstructive uropathy; ureter hypoplasia could cause intraluminal back pressure, with consequent abnormal development of the ampullae, normally endowed in nephronic anlagens induction, cystic tubular ectasia and persistence of nodular renal blastema. The peripheral location of renal nodular blastema and cysts supports a late error in nephrogenesis, at the time of formation of the last generation of nephrons. PMID:8532415

  18. Upper and midureteral calculi: Percutaneous extraction with an occlusion balloon catheter

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    Beckmann, C.F.; Roth, R.A.; Luedke, M.D.

    1986-06-01

    In 44 patients with one or more calculi in the upper two-thirds of the ureter, single-stage percutaneous nephrolithotomy was performed through a middle or upper calyceal nephrostomy after cystoscopic placement of an occlusion balloon catheter distal to the calculus; in 42, the procedure was successful. The occlusion balloon catheter permitted retrograde opacification of all systems for enhanced renal puncture. In the last 30 patients an attempt was made either to push the calculus upward mechanically or to flush it upward into the renal pelvis with carbon dioxide or dilute contrast material. This was successful in 24 of these patients. Prior overnight occlusion of the ureter by means of ureteral dilatation further facilitates dislodgement of the calculus, which was successful in 12 of 13 patients.

  19. Abdominal pain and hematuria: duodenal perforation from ingested foreign body causing ureteral obstruction and hydronephrosis

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    Kolbe, Nina; Sisson, Kathleen; Albaran, Renato

    2016-01-01

    Foreign body (FB) ingestion is a relatively common reason for visits to the emergency room. If the FB is symptomatic or damaging to the patient, either endoscopic or surgical intervention should ensue. We present a case of abdominal pain and hematuria beginning ∼24 h after an incidental FB ingestion. Initial CT imaging defined a linear opacity perforating through the posterior duodenal wall abutting the ureter causing inflammation and hydronephrosis. After two unsuccessful endoscopic attempts at retrieval, we were able to identify the object with the aid of intraoperative fluoroscopy and surgically remove the FB. The patient recovered uneventfully and was discharged home. Posterior duodenal perforation by an FB may not manifest with obvious localized or systemic symptoms unless the perforation involves surrounding structures such as the aorta, vena cava or ureter. In such cases, surgical intervention is required for FB removal. PMID:26903557

  20. Prosthetic Sphincter Controls Urination

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    Tenny, John B., Jr

    1986-01-01

    People who lost muscular control of urinary canal through disease or injury aided by prosthetic sphincter. Implanted so it surrounds uretha, sphincter deflated and inflated at will by wearer to start and stop urina tion. Operating pressure adjusted after implantation to accommodate growth or atrophy of urinary canal and prevent tissue damage from excess pressure. Principle adapted to other organs, such as colon, ureter, or ileum.

  1. Urinary Diversions

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    Davis, Ian

    1991-01-01

    Once the bladder has been removed or declared non-functional, some form of urinary diversion must be performed. The diversion can be as simple as bringing the ureters to the skin and as complicated as the creation of a functioning neobladder. The indications for and expectations of the most common types of diversion are explained. Some new techniques for continent diversion are described. PMID:21229045

  2. RETROSPECTIVE EVALUATION OF INTERFRACTION URETERAL MOVEMENT IN DOGS UNDERGOING RADIATION THERAPY TO ELUCIDATE APPROPRIATE SETUP MARGINS.

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    Yoshikawa, Hiroto; Nolan, Michael W; Lewis, Dustin W; Larue, Susan M

    2016-03-01

    Radiation-induced ureteral damage can result in serious complications (i.e., hydronephrosis). Also, ureters can be included in planning target volume (PTV) such as ureteral invasion of urinary bladder carcinoma. Therefore, knowing the interfractional movement of the ureters is critical for creation of appropriate planning organs at risk (pOAR) and PTV. This retrospective and descriptive study of 17 dogs with genitourinary carcinomas that underwent intensity-modulated, image-guided radiation therapy (IM-IGRT) was conducted to describe the movement and calculate suggested pOAR/PTV expansions at three locations (at the levels of third lumbar vertebra, immediately cranial to vesicoureteral junction [VUJ], and midway between those two) and from two perspectives: during a course of (1) IM-IGRT, where position verification is performed using soft tissue registration when the dogs underwent clinical IM-IGRT; (2) radiation therapy whereby position verification is performed using planar radiography with a corresponding bony registration. This registration was performed by fusing the radiation planning computed tomography (CT) and cone-beam CTs using bony landmarks. With soft tissue registration, findings supported the use of larger pOAR expansion (0.7-1.8 cm) for the mid region of the ureters compared to the areas near VUJ (0.7-1.1 cm). With bony registration, findings supported the use of larger pOAR/PTV expansions (1.6-1.7 cm) for dorsal direction bilaterally at areas near VUJ compared to those with soft tissue registration (0.9-1.0 cm). The results of this study should help radiation oncologists use appropriate ureter expansions for specific patient orientations and positioning verification methods. PMID:26634416

  3. Basic investigation of laser therapy for the ureteral stricture using ultraviolet argon laser and multifiber catheter

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    Daidoh, Yuichiro; Arai, Tsunenori; Murai, Masaru; Suda, Akira; Kikuchi, Makoto; Nakamura, Hiroshi; Komime, Yukikuni; Utsumi, Atsushi

    1992-06-01

    In order to develop new, easy, and safe treatment for urinary tract stricture, we investigated the laser plasty using a combination of an uv Ar laser for ablation and a novel multi-fiber catheter for laser delivery. To investigate the characteristics of the uv Ar laser ablation to ureteral tissue, the experiment in vitro was performed. The ureter was clearly ablated with sufficient thin coagulation layer. The proper laser power for the tissue ablation was about 0.5 W for 0.4 mm core-diameter fiber. The multi-fiber catheter (1.6 mm in outer diameter) consisted of 13 pixels of silica glass fibers (0.2 mm in core diameter) for laser delivery and a through lumen (0.9 mm in inner diameter) for guidewire. The catheter was inserted into a canine ureter under the general anesthesia. The ureter and urinary tract were irradiated using about 0.6 W of laser power at the catheter tip with 40s duration. The irradiated urinary tract tissues were histologically investigated. The ureter was ablated up to the submucosa layer. The urinary tract endotherium was eliminated by the laser ablation without the carbonization. No perforation was found at various irradiation conditions. To investigate the ureteral tissue damage of the uv Ar laser irradiation, the serosa temperature was measured by a thermocouple. The temperature elevation of the serosa could be restricted up to 60 degree(s)C, at which the protein was not coagulated. We concluded that the combination of uv Ra laser and multi-fiber catheter offered easy, reliable therapy for coronary structure.

  4. Cancer Research Repository for Individuals With Cancer Diagnosis and High Risk Individuals.

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    2014-12-12

    Pancreatic Cancer; Thyroid Cancer; Lung Cancer; Esophageal Cancer; Thymus Cancer; Colon Cancer; Rectal Cancer; GIST; Anal Cancer; Bile Duct Cancer; Duodenal Cancer; Gallbladder Cancer; Gastric Cancer; Liver Cancer; Small Intestine Cancer; Peritoneal Surface Malignancies; Familial Adenomatous Polyposis; Lynch Syndrome; Bladder Cancer; Kidney Cancer; Penile Cancer; Prostate Cancer; Testicular Cancer; Ureter Cancer; Urethral Cancer; Hypopharyngeal Cancer; Laryngeal Cancer; Lip Cancer; Oral Cavity Cancer; Nasopharyngeal Cancer; Oropharyngeal Cancer; Paranasal Sinus Cancer; Nasal Cavity Cancer; Salivary Gland Cancer; Skin Cancer; CNS Tumor; CNS Cancer; Mesothelioma

  5. Ureteroscopic removal of forgotten ureteral stent.

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    Kawahara, Takashi; Ishida, Hiroaki; Kubota, Yoshinobu; Matsuzaki, Junichi

    2012-01-01

    A 69-year-old female had a right ureteral stent placed due to ureteral stricture resulting from cervical cancer in March 2008. The ureteral stent migrated to the ureter and was not exchanged. A new ureteral stent was inserted, and was exchanged every 3 months. The patient was referred to our department to remove the forgotten ureteral stent. In January 2012, her old ureteral stent was removed ureteroscopically, and no ureteral stent encrustation was found. PMID:22707678

  6. Laser division of intraluminal sutures.

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    Bagley, D H; Schultz, E; Conlin, M J

    1998-08-01

    Neodymium:YAG and holmium:YAG lasers were used to remove intraluminal sutures from three patients. In two, the suture was in the bladder and had served as a nidus for stone formation. In the other, the suture was in the ureter. An in vitro study showed that the Nd:YAG laser could divide all types of suture readily, whereas the Ho:YAG laser could divide all materials except Gortex. These cases illustrate another application for lasers. PMID:9726402

  7. Hybrid Transureteral Nephrectomy in a Survival Porcine Model

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    Anderson, Kirk M.; Alsyouf, Muhannad; Richards, Gideon; Agarwal, Gautum; Heldt, Jonathan P.; Schlaifer, Amy E.

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objectives: Natural-orifice approaches for nephrectomy have included access via the stomach, vagina, bladder, and rectum. Recently, the feasibility of using the ureter as a natural orifice for natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery nephrectomy has been demonstrated in a nonsurvival porcine model. The purpose of this study was to assess the outcomes of transureteral laparoscopic natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery nephrectomy in a survival porcine model. Methods: Three pigs underwent hybrid transureteral natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery nephrectomy. An experimental balloon/dilating sheath was inserted over a wire to dilate the urethra, ureteral orifice, and ureter. Through a bariatric 12-mm laparoscopic port, the ureter was opened medially and the hilar dissection was performed. Next, 2 needlescopic ports were placed transabdominally to facilitate hilar transection. The kidney was morcellated using a bipolar sealing device and extracted via the ureter using the housing of a bariatric stapling device. The ureteral orifice was closed with a laparoscopic suturing device. The bladder was drained by a catheter for 10 to 14 days postoperatively. Pigs were euthanized on postoperative day 21. Results: All surgical procedures were successfully completed, with no intraoperative complications. One pig had an episode of postoperative clot retention that resolved with catheter irrigation. Each pig was healthy and eating a normal diet prior to euthanasia. Conclusions: This study demonstrates the feasibility of a hybrid transureteral approach to nephrectomy in a survival porcine model. This technique avoids the intentional violation of a second organ system and the risk for peritoneal contamination. Improved instrumentation is needed prior to implementation in the human population. PMID:25489210

  8. Deletion (11)(q14.1q21)

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    Stratton, R.F.; Lazarus, K.H.; Ritchie, E.J.L.; Bell, A.M.

    1994-02-01

    The authors report on a 4-year-old girl with moderate development delay, horseshoe kidney, bilateral duplication of the ureters with right upper pole obstruction, hydronephrosis and nonfunction, and subsequent Wilms tumor of the right lower pole. She had an interstitial deletion of the long arm of chromosome 11 involving the region 11(q14.1q21). 22 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Effective radiation exposure evaluation during a one year follow-up of urolithiasis patients after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

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    Tekinarslan, Erdem; Keskin, Suat; Buldu, İbrahim; Sönmez, Mehmet Giray; Karatag, Tuna; Istanbulluoglu, Mustafa Okan

    2015-01-01

    Introduction To determine and evaluate the effective radiation exposure during a one year follow-up of urolithiasis patients following the SWL (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy) treatment. Material and methods Total Effective Radiation Exposure (ERE) doses for each of the 129 patients: 44 kidney stone patients, 41 ureter stone patients, and 44 multiple stone location patients were calculated by adding up the radiation doses of each ionizing radiation session including images (IVU, KUB, CT) throughout a one year follow-up period following the SWL. Results Total mean ERE values for the kidney stone group was calculated as 15, 91 mSv (5.10-27.60), for the ureter group as 13.32 mSv (5.10-24.70), and in the multiple stone location group as 27.02 mSv (9.41-54.85). There was no statistically significant differences between the kidney and ureter groups in terms of the ERE dose values (p = 0.221) (p >0.05). In the comparison of the kidney and ureter stone groups with the multiple stone location group; however, there was a statistically significant difference (p = 0.000) (p <0.05). Conclusions ERE doses should be a factor to be considered right at the initiation of any diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedure. Especially in the case of multiple stone locations, due to the high exposure to ionized radiation, different imaging modalities with low dose and/or totally without a dose should be employed in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up bearing the aim to optimize diagnosis while minimizing the radiation dose as much as possible. PMID:26568880

  10. Elucidating the Life History and Ecological Aspects of Allodero hylae (Annelida: Clitellata: Naididae), A Parasitic Oligochaete of Invasive Cuban Tree Frogs in Florida.

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    Andrews, Jessee M; Childress, Jasmine N; Iakovidis, Triantafilos J; Langford, Gabriel J

    2015-06-01

    Given their ubiquitous nature, it is surprising that more oligochaete annelid worms (Annelida: Clitellata) have not adopted an endoparasitic lifestyle. Exceptions, however, are the understudied members of the genus Dero (Allodero) that parasitize the ureters of tree frogs and toads. This study experimentally explores the life cycle and host specificity of Allodero hylae, the worm's use of chemical cues in host searching, and its seasonal prevalence and abundance over a year-long collection period on the Florida Southern College campus. A total of 2,005 A. hylae was collected from the ureter, urinary bladder, or expressed urine of wild Osteopilus septentrionalis ; a significant positive correlation was found between host snout-vent length and parasite intensity for female but not male hosts. Monthly prevalence of A. hylae reached a peak of 58% in April, but never dropped below 20% in any month; mean abundance peaked March-May, whereas few worms were recovered in December and January. Confirming a parasitic lifestyle, wild-collected hosts with intense infections, typically >40 worms, showed obvious dilatation of the ureter wall, and some young-of-the-year O. septentrionalis exposed to A. hylae in the laboratory were killed by the apparent rupture of the host's ureter. The worm has a direct life cycle: worms expelled in the host's urine are capable of locating and re-infecting other hosts within aquatic microhabitats such as bromeliad tanks, and worms can survive for weeks in a free-living environment, even undergoing a morphological change. Further, chemotaxis assays found a positive response to a tree frog attractant for worms recently removed from hosts. Overall, this study provides the first multifaceted investigation on the life history and ecology of any Allodero spp., which offers new insights into an understudied endoparasitic oligochaete. PMID:25730299

  11. Chronic renal failure in a patient with bilateral ureterocele

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    Dada, Samuel A.; Rafiu, Mojeed O.; Olanrewaju, Timothy O.

    2015-01-01

    Ureterocele is a congenital anomaly, in which there is mal-development of the caudal segments of the ureter. There is a female preponderance with most cases seen in Caucasians. Among the reported complications of this condition, chronic renal failure occurring in the setting of ureterocele has not been well documented. We report a case of a young girl with bilateral ureterocele presenting with chronic renal failure, whose management presented a diagnostic failure and inadequate treatment. PMID:26108593

  12. Chronic renal failure in a patient with bilateral ureterocele.

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    Dada, Samuel A; Rafiu, Mojeed O; Olanrewaju, Timothy O

    2015-07-01

    Ureterocele is a congenital anomaly, in which there is mal-development of the caudal segments of the ureter. There is a female preponderance with most cases seen in Caucasians. Among the reported complications of this condition, chronic renal failure occurring in the setting of ureterocele has not been well documented. We report a case of a young girl with bilateral ureterocele presenting with chronic renal failure, whose management presented a diagnostic failure and inadequate treatment. PMID:26108593

  13. URETERIC ANGIOMYOLIPOMA CAUSING UNILATERAL PELVI-URETERIC JUNCTION OBSTRUCTION.

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    Khan, Iftikhar Ali; Shahab, Durre; Rehman, Asad; Jamil, Imran; Akhter, Saeed

    2015-01-01

    A 63-year-old lady, presented to us with nonspecific abdominal pain. Ultrasonography (USG) and CT scan abdomen and pelvis, showed right moderate hydronephrosis, with no evidence of mass at pelvi-ureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction. Per-operatively mass upper ureter was found obstructing PUJ. Mass was excised and pyeloplasty done, with Double J (DJ) Stenting. Stent was removed after a week. Histopathology of specimen showed upper ureteric Angiomyolipoma. PMID:26182785

  14. Is a secondary procedure necessary in every case of failed endoscopic treatment for vesicoureteral reflux?

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    Jung, Hyun Jin; Im, Young Jae; Lee, Yong Seung; Kim, Myung Joo

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Endoscopic treatment (ET) has become a widely accepted procedure for treating vesicoureteral reflux (VUR). However, patients followed up after ET over long periods have reported persistent or recurrent VUR. We evaluated the natural course of failed ET in patients who required further treatments to help physicians in making decisions on the treatment of VUR. Materials and Methods We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients who were diagnosed with VUR and underwent ET from January 2006 to December 2009. A total of 165 patients with 260 ureters underwent ET. We compared the parameters of the patients according to ET success or failure and evaluated the natural course of the patients after ET failure. Results Mean VUR grade and positive photon defect were higher in the failed ET group than in the successful ET group. Six months after the operation, persistent or recurrent VUR was observed in 76 ureters (29.2%), and by 16.3 months after the operation, VUR resolution was observed in 18 ureters (23.7%). Twenty-five ureters (32.9%) without complications were observed conservatively. Involuntary detrusor contraction was found in 1 of 9 (11.1%) among the secondary ET success group, whereas in the secondary ET failure group, 4 of 6 (66.7%) had accompanying involuntary detrusor contraction. Conclusions Patients in whom ET fails can be observed for spontaneous resolution of VUR unless they have febrile urinary tract infection or decreased renal function. Urodynamic study may be helpful in deciding whether a secondary procedure after ET failure is necessary. PMID:25964842

  15. [Pelvic actinomycosis revealed by pelvic peritonitis].

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    Michel, P

    2004-03-01

    Pelvic actinomycosis is an infection due to actinomyces organism associated with an intra-uterine contraceptive device. This infection is often revealed by an uni- or bilateral adrenal lesion. Lesions are sometimes more extensive and affect next pelvic organs: rectum, ureter, bladder. Diagnosis is often histologic with percutaneous biopsy or surgical biopsy (laparotomy or coelio surgery). Treatment is mainly medical with prolonged use of penicillin (6 months in severely cases). Surgery must be thrifty and conservative. PMID:15050180

  16. Silent But Giant: Giant ureteric calculus in a 7-year-old boy

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    Mak, D; Wragg, R; Chandran, H; McCarthy, R; Parashar, K

    2010-01-01

    Giant ureteric calculi are extremely rare in children. We present a case of a child who was originally admitted for observation following non-accidental injury and had an episode of painless haematuria as an inpatient. Ultrasonography demonstrated left hydronephrosis and a 2cm echogenic area in the proximal ureter. A plain abdominal radiograph surprisingly revealed two left ureteric calculi, one 7cm and the other 4cm in length. Stone extraction was achieved using an open left ureterolithotomy and pyelolithotomy. PMID:24946326

  17. Danazol in the management of ureteral obstruction secondary to endometriosis

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    Rivlin, M.E.; Krueger, R.P.; Wiser, W.L.

    1985-08-01

    A case is reported in which a woman was diagnosed with ureteral obstruction secondary to endometriosis after cystourethrogram, retrograde pyelogram and a renal scan. After unsuccessful treatment with danazol, a retroperitoneal ureteroneocystotomy was performed. The ureter was found to be obstructed by dense fibrous tissue that contained endometrial glands. It was concluded that danazol is unlikely to relieve endometriotic ureteric obstruction once dense fibrosis has occurred. 8 references, 2 figures.

  18. Hydronephrosis associated with ureteral metastasis of prostate cancer: A rare case report

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    ZHANG, DONG; LI, HONGLIANG; GAN, WEIMIN

    2016-01-01

    Prostate cancer is one of the most common male malignancies, although it rarely metastasizes to the ureter. The present case study reported a 63-year-old man who presented with asymptomatic right hydronephrosis, detected by ultrasound. Computed tomography urography demonstrated right hydronephrosis, secondary to thickening of the distal ureter. The patient's serum concentration of prostate specific antigen was 111.400 ng/ml, and a prostate needle biopsy revealed prostate adenocarcinoma, with a Gleason score of 4+5=9. Renal scintigraphy revealed poor excretion of the right kidney. A nephroureterectomy was subsequently performed, and a histological examination revealed a metastatic prostate adenocarcinoma of the ureter. Combined androgen blockage therapy with bicalutamide (50 mg, once daily) and goserelin (3.6 mg, once a month) was administered to the patient. At 3 months of follow-up, the patient's PSA levels had decreased to 0.322 ng/ml; at 6 months of follow-up, the PSA levels had further decreased to 0.136 ng/ml. PMID:27073671

  19. [Experiences with expert opinion in gynecological urology].

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    Kruschwitz, S

    1984-01-01

    Lesions of the ureters and the bladder are represented with a relatively high portion of 40% within all gynaecological and obstetrical cases under expert opinion in the Central Office for Medical Expert Opinion. The so far mostly practisized judgement as an operational risk could not generally be consented. It is therefore that the Central Office for Medical Expert Opinion elaborated the directive No. 9: "Medical expert opinion of urological complications connected to gynaecological operations". The directive first of all means to coordinate the work within the expert opinion commissions at district level; it furtheron motivates the operator to think over his mode of action. Experiences from expert opinion result in perceiving the following main points: Even in technically simple operations the operator must know the course of the ureter; 2. if its course is not clear it must be made visible dependent on the operational situation in each case; 3. the preoperative methods of urological diagnosis have to be appropriate to the intended operation; 4. even in smallest grounds for suspicion of a lesion or complication a consequent control is necessary; a detailed documentation of the operational course is needed for various reasons; 6. the correction of lesions of the ureters and the bladder requires experience and operational ability. Because of possible grave damages to the woman the operator must be conscious of the limits of his ability. Details are demonstrated by examples of the Central Office for Medical Expert Opinion. PMID:6506903

  20. The effect of cyclopiazonic acid on excitation-contraction coupling in guinea-pig ureteric smooth muscle: role of the sarcoplasmic reticulum

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    Burdyga, Theodor V; Wray, Susan

    1999-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of cyclopiazonic acid (CPA), an inhibitor of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+-ATPase on excitation-contraction (EC) coupling in guinea-pig ureter, by measuring membrane currents, action potentials, intracellular [Ca2+] and force. CPA (20 μm) significantly enhanced the amplitude and duration of phasic contractions of ureteric smooth muscle associated with action potentials. This was accompanied by an increase in the duration of the intracellular Ca2+ transient in intact tissue and single cells but not their amplitude. However, CPA also slowed the rate of rise, and fall, of the force and Ca2+ transients. Membrane potential recordings showed that CPA produced a small depolarization and a large increase in the duration of the plateau phase of the action potential. Patch-clamp studies showed marked inhibition of outward potassium current in the presence of CPA and an inhibition of spontaneous transient outward currents (STOCs). CPA had no effect on inward Ca2+ current. These data suggest that the SR plays a major role in modulating the excitability of the ureter, particularly via curtailing the action potential duration. This in turn will shorten the Ca2+ transient and decrease force. This negative action on developed force predominates over any small role it may play in initiating force in the guinea-pig ureter. PMID:10358124

  1. A peculiar complication of suprapubic catheterization: Recurrent ureteral obstruction and hydronephrosis

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    Adeyemo, Bamidele; Makovitch, Steven; Foo, Dominic

    2013-01-01

    Context Suprapubic cystostomy (SPC) catheterization is a common and important technique for the management of vesicular drainage, especially in patients with neurogenic bladder. Some serious complications include bowel perforation and obstruction. Findings A 55-year-old man with C6 American Spinal Injury Association B tetraplegia and a urethral stricture requiring a chronic SPC was admitted for recurrent urosepsis. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed severe right hydronephrosis and hydroureter due to obstruction of the right distal ureter by the SPC tip. The SPC (30 French/10-mm silicone catheter with a 10-ml balloon) was removed and replaced with a similar suprapubic catheter (30 French/10-mm silicone catheter with an 8-ml balloon). Symptoms recurred 2 months later and he was readmitted for urosepsis. CT of the abdomen again revealed severe right hydronephrosis and hydroureter due to obstruction of the right distal ureter by the SPC tip. The SPC was removed, and the patient was given a 14 French/4.67-mm urethral silicone catheter with a 5-ml balloon. Follow-up CT of the abdomen 2 months later showed complete resolution of the hydronephrosis and hydroureter. Of note, urodynamic studies 2 years earlier revealed an extremely small bladder with a capacity less than 20 ml. Conclusion This case illustrates that obstruction of the ureter by the tip of an SPC can be a cause of recurrent hydronephrosis and urosepsis. PMID:23809534

  2. Imaging of stone disease in pregnancy.

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    Masselli, Gabriele; Derme, Martina; Laghi, Francesca; Polettini, Elisabetta; Brunelli, Roberto; Framarino, Maria Luisa; Gualdi, Gianfranco

    2013-12-01

    Renal colic is the most frequent non-obstetric cause for abdominal pain and subsequent hospitalization during pregnancy. Intervention is necessary in patients who do not respond to conservative treatment. Ultrasound (US) is widely used as the first-line diagnostic test in pregnant women with nephrolithiasis, despite it is highly nonspecific and may be unable to differentiate between ureteral obstruction secondary to calculi and physiologic hydronephrosis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) should be considered as a second-line test, when US fails to establish a diagnosis and there are continued symptoms despite conservative management. Moreover, MRI is able to differentiate physiologic from pathologic dilatation. In fact in the cases of obstruction secondary to calculi, there is renal enlargement and perinephric edema, not seen with physiological dilatation. In the latter, there is smooth tapering of the middle third of the ureter because of the mass effect between the uterus and adjacent retroperitoneal musculature. When the stone is lodged in the lower ureter, a standing column of dilated ureter is seen below this physiological constriction. MRI is also helpful in demonstrating complications such as pyelonephritis. In the unresolved cases, Computed tomography remains a reliable technique for depicting obstructing urinary tract calculi in pregnant women, but it involves ionizing radiation. Nephrolithiasis during pregnancy requires a collaboration between urologists, obstetricians, and radiologists. PMID:23771120

  3. Lower urinary tract development and disease

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    Rasouly, Hila Milo; Lu, Weining

    2013-01-01

    Congenital Anomalies of the Lower Urinary Tract (CALUT) are a family of birth defects of the ureter, the bladder and the urethra. CALUT includes ureteral anomalies such as congenital abnormalities of the ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) and ureterovesical junction (UVJ), and birth defects of the bladder and the urethra such as bladder-exstrophy-epispadias complex (BEEC), prune belly syndrome (PBS), and posterior urethral valves (PUV). CALUT is one of the most common birth defects and is often associated with antenatal hydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), urinary tract obstruction, urinary tract infections (UTI), chronic kidney disease and renal failure in children. Here, we discuss the current genetic and molecular knowledge about lower urinary tract development and genetic basis of CALUT in both human and mouse models. We provide an overview of the developmental processes leading to the formation of the ureter, bladder, and urethra, and different genes and signaling pathways controlling these developmental processes. Human genetic disorders that affect the ureter, bladder and urethra and associated gene mutations are also presented. As we are entering the post-genomic era of personalized medicine, information in this article may provide useful interpretation for the genetic and genomic test results collected from patients with lower urinary tract birth defects. With evidence-based interpretations, clinicians may provide more effective personalized therapies to patients and genetic counseling for their families. PMID:23408557

  4. [Kidney diseases most often considered as indications for nephrectomy].

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    Al-Halil, N; Panchev, P; Kumanov, Kh

    1999-01-01

    Nephrectomy is a radical operation successfully used over more than a century. It should be resorted to only in exceptional situations whenever an organ salvaging operation is precarious for the patient's health (T Patrashkov, 1980). The indications for nephrectomy depend on the type of disease, extent of renal damage, state of the second kidney and the patient's general condition, established by the basic examination methods in urology (T Patrashkov 1982). The study covers 388 nephrectomies in cases presenting diverse diseases of the kidney and ureter, diagnosed and treated in the Department of Urology--University Hospital "Alexandrovska" in the period 1990 to 1995. The commonest causes leading to nephrectomy comprise: 1. Neoplasms of kidney and ureter--134 (34.54%). 1.1. Parenchymal tumors--116 (29.90%)/ 1.2. Papillary tumors--18 (4.64%). 2. Pyonephrosis--88 (22.68%). 3. Nephrolithiasis (presence of renal calculi)--53 (13.66%). 4. Secondary operations of the kidney and ureter--46 (11.86%). 5. Hydronephrosis--38 (9.80%). 6. Anomalies (hypoplasia)--8 (2.06%). 7. Cystic diseases--7 (1.80%). 8. Tuberculosis of kidney--6 (1.55%). 9. Renovasal hypertension--4 (1.02%). 10. Nephrectomy for other diseases--4 (1.02%). As shown by the results the rate of nephrectomy undertaken for renal malignancy is still the highest which is by no means considered as a favourable diagnostic sign. PMID:11484242

  5. Modulation of ureteric Ca signaling and contractility in humans and rats by uropathogenic E. coli.

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    Floyd, Rachel V; Winstanley, Craig; Bakran, Ali; Wray, Susan; Burdyga, Theodor V

    2010-04-01

    Ascending urinary tract infections, a significant cause of kidney damage, are predominantly caused by uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC). However, the role and mechanism of changes in ureteric function during infection are poorly understood. We therefore investigated the effects of UPEC on Ca signaling and contractions in rat (n = 17) and human (n = 6) ureters. Ca transients and force were measured and effects of UPEC on the urothelium were monitored in live tissues. In both species, luminal exposure of ureters to UPEC strains J96 and 536 caused significant time-dependent decreases in phasic and high K depolarization-induced contractility, associated with decreases in the amplitude and duration of the Ca transients. These changes were significant after 3-5 h and irreversible over the next 5 h. The infection causes increased activity of K channels, causing inhibition of voltage-gated Ca entry, and K channel blockers could reverse the effects of UPEC on ureteric function. A smaller direct effect on Ca entry also occurs. Nonpathogenic E. coli (TG2) or abluminal application of UPEC did not produce changes in Ca signaling or contractility. UPEC exposure also caused significant impairment of urothelial barrier function; luminal application of the Ca channel blocker nifedipine caused a reduction in contractions as it entered the tissue, an effect not observed in untreated ureters. Thus, UPEC impairs ureteric contractility in a Ca-dependent manner, largely caused by stimulation of potassium channels and this mechanism is dependent on host-urothelium interaction. PMID:20130119

  6. Critical role of cyclooxygenase-2 activation in pathogenesis of hydronephrosis caused by lactational exposure of mice to dioxin

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    Nishimura, Noriko Matsumura, Fumio; Vogel, Christopher F.A.; Nishimura, Hisao; Yonemoto, Junzo; Yoshioka, Wataru; Tohyama, Chiharu

    2008-09-15

    Congenital hydronephrosis is a serious disease occurring among infants and children. Besides the intrinsic genetic factors, in utero exposure to a xenobiotic, 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), has been suggested to induce hydronephrosis in rodents owing to anatomical obstruction in the ureter. Here, we report that hydronephrosis induced in mouse pups exposed lactationally to TCDD is not associated with anatomical obstruction, but with abnormal alterations in the subepithelial mesenchyma of the ureter. In the kidneys of these pups, the expressions of a battery of inflammatory cytokines including monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1, tumor necrosis factor {alpha} (TNF{alpha}) and interleukin (IL) -1{beta} were up-regulated as early as postnatal day (PND) 7. The amounts of cyclooxygenase (COX) -2 mRNA and protein as well as prostaglandin E2 (PGE{sub 2}) were conspicuously up-regulated in an arylhydrocarbon-receptor-dependent manner in the TCDD-induced hydronephrotic kidney, with a subsequent down-regulation of the gene expressions of Na{sup +} and K{sup +} transporters, NKCC2 and ROMK. Daily administration of a COX-2 selective inhibitor to newborns until PND 7 completely abrogated the TCDD-induced PGE{sub 2} synthesis and gene expressions of inflammatory cytokines and electrolyte transporters, and eventually prevented the onset of hydronephrosis. These findings suggest an essential role of COX-2 in mediating the TCDD action of inducing hydronephrosis through the functional impairment rather than the anatomical blockade of the ureter.

  7. Ureteroscopy and holmium:YAG laser lithotripsy: an emerging definitive management strategy for symptomatic ureteral calculi in pregnancy

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    Watterson, James D.; Girvan, Andrew R.; Beiko, Darren T.; Nott, Linda; Wollin, Timothy A.; Razvi, Hassan A.; Denstedt, John D.

    2003-06-01

    Objectives: Symptomatic urolithiasis in pregnancy that does not respond to conservative measures has traditionally been managed with ureteral stent insertion or percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN). Holmium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) laser lithotripsy using state-of-the-art ureteroscopes represents an emerging strategy for definitive stone management in pregnancy. The purpose of this study was to review the results of holmium laser lithotripsy in a cohort of patients who presented with symptomatic urolithiasis in pregnancy. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted at 2 tertiary stone centers from January 1996 to August 2001 to identify pregnant patients who were treated with ureteroscopic holmium laser lithotripsy for symptomatic urolithiasis or encrusted stents. Eight patients with a total of 10 symptomatic ureteral calculi and 2 encrusted ureteral stents were treated. Mean gestational age at presentation was 22 weeks. Mean stone size was 8.1 mm. Stones were located in the proximal ureter/ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) (3), mid ureter (1), and distal ureter (6). Results: Complete stone fragmentation and/or removal of encrusted ureteral stents were achieved in all patients using the holmium:YAG laser. The overall procedural success rate was 91%. The overall stone-free rate was 89%. No obstetrical or urological complications were encountered. Conclusions: Ureteroscopy and holmium laser lithotripsy can be performed safely in all stages of pregnancy providing definitive management of symptomatic ureteral calculi. The procedure can be done with minimal or no fluoroscopy and avoids the undesirable features of stents or nephrostomy tubes.

  8. Laser lithotripsy: a review of 20 years of research and clinical applications.

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    Dretler, S P

    1988-01-01

    Four new technologies have transformed the treatment of urinary calculi: electrohydraulic lithotripsy, ultrasonic lithotripsy, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, and laser lithotripsy. Initial attempts to ablate urinary calculi by continuous wave CO2, ruby, and Nd-YAG lasers failed because of excess thermal injury and inability to pass the laser energy via a flexible fiber. Basic laboratory studies then demonstrated that short pulsed laser energy absorbed by the calculus resulted in fragmentation. The parameters that produced optimal urinary calculus fragmentation were found using the flashlamp pumped tunable dye laser, with the following parameters: wavelength: 504 nm; pulse duration: 1 microsec; fiber: 250 micro silica-coated quartz; repetition: 5-20 Hz. Use of pulsed dye laser caused no tissue damage. The mechanism of fragmentation is light absorption, plasma development, and repetitive acoustic shock wave action with resultant fragmentation. The techniques for application of laser to calculi have been successful, and new, miniature instruments have been developed. Laser lithotripsy is a successful method for fragmenting ureteral calculi. The small caliber of the laser fiber makes this method useful for treating calculi in narrow, tortuous ureters; impacted calculi; distal calculi in ureters that cannot be dilated, via the percutaneous route for stones in calyces or impacted in the upper ureter. Investigations are continuing to optimize fragmentation of harder calculi and to use laser fragmentation within the kidney. Laser lithotripsy may also be used to fragment biliary calculi. PMID:2902498

  9. Syntactic methods of shape feature description and its application in analysis of medical images

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    Ogiela, Marek R.; Tadeusiewicz, Ryszard

    2000-02-01

    The paper presents specialist algorithms of morphologic analysis of shapes of selected organs of abdominal cavity proposed in order to diagnose disease symptoms occurring in the main pancreatic ducts and upper segments of ureters. Analysis of the correct morphology of these structures has been conducted with the use of syntactic methods of pattern recognition. Its main objective is computer-aided support to early diagnosis of neoplastic lesions and pancreatitis based on images taken in the course of examination with the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) method and a diagnosis of morphological lesions in ureter based on kidney radiogram analysis. In the analysis of ERCP images, the main objective is to recognize morphological lesions in pancreas ducts characteristic for carcinoma and chronic pancreatitis. In the case of kidney radiogram analysis the aim is to diagnose local irregularity of ureter lumen. Diagnosing the above mentioned lesion has been conducted with the use of syntactic methods of pattern recognition, in particular the languages of shape features description and context-free attributed grammars. These methods allow to recognize and describe in a very efficient way the aforementioned lesions on images obtained as a result of initial image processing into diagrams of widths of the examined structures.

  10. Endoscopic Management of Vesicoureteral Reflux in Children in Kosova

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    Berisha, Murat; Hyseni, Nexhmi; Statovci, Sejdi; Grajqevci, Salih; Xhiha, Butrint

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in children has been treated with subureteric deflux injection of Deflux (dextranomer hyaluronic acid copolymer) since 2009. The aim of this study was to analyze the results of endoscopic treatment of VUR in our clinic. Methods: Between March 2009 and December 2013, fifty-five children underwent endoscopic subureteral injection of Deflux in 78 ureters. Two months postoperatively voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) was performed. This study examined the disappearance of VUR and urinary tract infection (UTI) as well as the quality of life during long-term follow-up. Results: The study included 55 patients (40 females and 15 males) with 78 refluxing ureters. There were 22 refluxed ureters altogether and 33 children had a unilateral reflux (two duplicated systems). All patients were treated, from the age 6 months up to 12 years old. The mean age of patients was 5.2 years. There has been no complications, but with few recurrences. In 6 patients (16.6%), endoscopic treatment with deflux was done twice, while in three patients (8.5%), the endoscopic treatment with deflux was performed three times, because of recurrence. Conclusion: We recommend the use of endoscopic Deflux injection as first line treatment for children with VUR. Endoscopic subureteral injection of Deflux is a minimally invasive method for VUR treatment in pediatric patients and is associated with low morbidity. PMID:25132708

  11. Treatment of Ureteroarterial Fistulae with Covered Vascular Endoprostheses and Ureteral Occlusion

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    Bilbao, Jose I. Cosin, Octavio; Bastarrika, Gorka; Rosell, David; Zudaire, Javier; Martinez-Cuesta, Antonio

    2005-04-15

    Background. Ureteroarterial fistulae (UAFs) are a rare entity, often difficult to identify, and associated with a high mortality rate. This fact has been attributed to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Five conditions that can predispose to the development of this uncommon entity have been described: prior pelvic surgery, prolonged ureteral stenting, radiation therapy, previous vascular surgery and vascular pathology. Methods. We present 4 patients with UAFs and at least three of the above-mentioned conditions. Ureteral ischemia and subsequent necrosis promote the formation of these fistulae. The constant pulsation of the iliac artery is transmitted to an already compromised ureter containing a stiff intraluminal foreign body, resulting in pressure necrosis, most likely where the ureter crosses the iliac artery. Results and Conclusion. Cases were managed percutaneously with a combination of the deployment of a covered prosthesis and, when needed, with mechanical occlusion of the ureter. Hematuria stopped in all the patients with no evidence of immediate rebleeding. One patient presented a new episode of vaginal bleeding 13 months after endograft placement and ureteral embolization. Arteriography showed the presence of a hypogastric artery pseudoaneurysm that was occluded using coils. No new bleeding has occurred in this patient 12 months after the second embolization. At present all 4 patients are alive with follow-up periods of 5, 9, 11 and 25 months since the first procedure.

  12. Use of ureteral access sheaths in ureteroscopy.

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    Kaplan, Adam G; Lipkin, Michael E; Scales, Charles D; Preminger, Glenn M

    2016-03-01

    The ureteral access sheath (UAS) facilitates the use of flexible ureteroscopy, enabling improved minimally invasive management of complex upper urinary tract diseases. The UAS, which comes in a variety of diameters and lengths, is passed in a retrograde fashion, aided by a hydrophilic coating and other features designed to confer smooth passage into the ureter with sufficient resistance to kinking and buckling. Use of a UAS has the advantage of enabling repeated passage of the ureteroscope while minimizing damage to the ureter, thus improving the flow of irrigation fluid and visualization within the urethra with reductions in operative times, which improves both the effectiveness of the surgery and reduces the costs. Placement of the UAS carries an increased risk of ureteral wall ischaemia and injury to the mucosal or muscular layers of the ureter, and a theoretically increased risk of ureteral strictures. A ureteral stent is typically placed after ureteroscopy with a UAS. Endourologists have found several additional practical uses of a UAS, such as the percutaneous treatment of patients with ureteral stones, and solutions to other endourological challenges. PMID:26597613

  13. Morphological and functional analyses of two infants with obstructive renal dysplasia.

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    Miura, Kenichiro; Sekine, Takashi; Nishimura, Riki; Kanamori, Yutaka; Yanagisawa, Atsuhiro; Sakai, Kiyohide; Nagata, Michio; Igarashi, Takashi

    2011-08-01

    Renal dysplasia associated with urinary tract obstruction comprises two distinct phenotypes, i.e., multicystic dysplastic kidney (MCDK) and obstructive renal dysplasia (ORD). MCDK is a common manifestation in infants with renal dysplasia, which is characterized by multiloculated thin-walled cysts with no functional parenchyma and an atretic ureter owing to pyelocalyceal occlusion early in fetal life. In contrast, ORD is an extremely rare condition which is caused by severe obstruction of the distal ureter or urethra. Here, we report two infants with ORD. Both patients manifested unilateral kidney enlargement with multiple cortical cysts, mild hydronephrosis, and marked dilatation of the ipsilateral ureter. Contralateral kidneys and urinary tracts revealed no apparent radiological abnormalities. Serial ultrasonographic studies of fetal and neonatal kidneys in both cases revealed that ureteral dilatation was evident at gestational week 16 and 27, respectively, and most of the cortical cysts disappeared within 1-3 months after birth. The functions of the affected kidneys were severely impaired but evident at the time of birth. These manifestations were consistent with a diagnosis of ORD, and were distinct from the features of MCDK. Our observation of fetal and infantile kidneys in these two cases provides us with a better understanding of the pathogenesis of ORD. PMID:21455661

  14. [Computed tomography imaging in ureteropelvic junction obstruction--case report].

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    Pilch, Katarzyna; Jaźwiec, Przemysław; Truszkiewicz, Krystian; Gać, Paweł

    2016-01-01

    Ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) is defined as an impedance in the normal flow of urine from the renal pelvis into the proximal ureter. This leads to an increase urine pressure in the pelvicalyceal system and as a consequence cause hydronephrosis and damage of renal parenchyma. Presence of anomalous vessels crossing the ureter (crossing vessels) is one of the many reasons of UPJ obstruction. We report a case of 32-year-old female patient with chronic abdominal pain and recurrent episodes of pyelonephritis in the past. Contrast enhanced URO-CT was performed in order to determine the cause of complaints. This examination revealed right pelvicalyceal system dilatation and ipsilateral UPJ obstruction. After urological consultation patient was qualified for surgery, which aimed to decompress right pelvicalyceal system by changing anatomical conditions between the ureter and presumably crossing vessels. We demonstrate in the described case the value of contrast enhanced computed tomography URO-CT) in the diagnostic process of UPJ pathology. A multitude of information that we obtain from URO-CT examination allows the surgeon to reveal the cause of abnormal urine flow and choose the optimal operating method to minimize the risk of adverse events (such as intraoperative bleeding from mutilated crossing vessels). PMID:27120949

  15. Bilateral uric acid nephrolithiasis and ureteral hypertrophy in a free-ranging river otter (Lontra canadensis)

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    Grove, Robert A.; Bildfell, Rob; Henny, Charles J.; Buhler, D.R.

    2003-01-01

    We report the first case of uric acid nephrolithiasis in a free-ranging river otter (Lontra canadensis). A 7 yr old male river otter collected from the Skagit River of western Washington (USA) had bilateral nephrolithiasis and severely enlarged ureters (one of 305 examined [0.33%]). The uroliths were 97% uric acid and 3% protein. Microscopic changes in the kidney were confined to expansion of renal calyces, minor loss of medullary tissue, and multifocal atrophy of the cortical tubules. No inflammation was observed in either kidney or the ureters. The ureters were enlarged due to marked hypertrophy of smooth muscle plus dilation of the lumen. Fusion of the major calyces into a single ureteral lumen was several cm distal to that of two adult male otters used as histopathologic control specimens. This case report is part of a large contaminant study of river otters collected from Oregon and Washington. It is important to understand diseases and lesions of the otter as part of our overall evaluation of this population.

  16. The role of imaging in the diagnosis and management of renal stone disease in pregnancy.

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    Masselli, G; Weston, M; Spencer, J

    2015-12-01

    The distinction of pain in pregnancy due to urolithiasis from that related to physiological dilation of the renal tract is a common conundrum as renal colic is one of the commonest causes for non-obstetric pain in pregnancy. Ultrasound is the first-line imaging test but although it may demonstrate renal dilation, it may not show the cause. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is able to make the distinction. Physiological dilation will show smooth tapering of the ureter in the middle third as it is compressed between the gravid uterus and the retroperitoneum. Obstruction due to calculi causes renal enlargement and perinephric oedema. When a stone is lodged in the lower ureter, a standing column of dilated ureter will be seen below the physiological constriction. The stone itself may be shown. Computed tomography (CT) is an acceptable alternative if there is a contraindication to MRI, but even low-dose regimes involve some ionising radiation. This paper serves to highlight the role of MRI compared to US and CT in the imaging of renal colic in pregnancy. Multidisciplinary collaboration between obstetricians, urologists, and radiologists is required for effective management. PMID:26454345

  17. Congenital Bilateral Mid Ureteral Stenosis: A Rare Finding

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    Avinash Vijay, Joshi; Vinayak Gorakhnath, Wagaskar; Manoj Vilas, Bachhav; Sudarshan Omprakash, Daga

    2015-01-01

    Bilateral congenital mid ureteric stenosis is a very rare entity causing hydroureteronephrosis. The pathophysiology and aetiology of this condition is uncertain. Congenital functional obstruction of the mid ureter has only 17 reported cases, that too of unilateral pathology. We report a case of an 11-year-old male child who was presented with left sided lump in abdomen since one year. On bilateral retrograde ureteropyelography (RGP), bilateral mid ureteric stenosis was documented at the level of pelvic brim. Tc99m Diethylene Triamine Pentacaetic Acid (DTPA) scan showed non functioning left kidney and decreased function and retention on right side. We did a left nephroureterectomy and uretero-ureterostomy without tapering over a Double-J stent (DJ), with excision of stenosed segment on right side. Pathological review of the ureteric segments of both sides revealed proximal dilatation with non-specific thickening of the muscular wall of the stenosed segments of ureter. The differential diagnosis must additionally include ureteral valves and fibro epithelial polyps. Important role of intravenous pyelography in such cases must be emphasized to localize the pathology site. In addition, retrograde ureteropyelography is essential in management of this anomaly to delineate the stenosed segment of the ureter preoperatively, so that the surgeon can be well prepared with final plan of management. PMID:26155518

  18. Intraoperative electron-beam radiotherapy and ureteral obstruction

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    Miller, Robert C.; Haddock, Michael G.; Petersen, Ivy A.; Gunderson, Leonard L.; Furth, Alfred F.

    2006-03-01

    Purpose: To quantify the risk of ureteral obstruction (UO) after intraoperative electron-beam radiotherapy (IOERT). Methods and Materials: One hundred forty-six patients received IOERT of 7.5 to 30 Gy to 168 ureters; 132 patients received external radiotherapy. Results: Follow-up ranged from 0.01 to 19.1 years (median, 2.1 years). The rates of clinically apparent type 1 UO (UO from any cause) after IOERT at 2, 5, and 10 years were 47%, 63%, and 79%, respectively. The rates of clinically apparent type 2 UO (UO occurring at least 1 month after IOERT, excluding UO caused by tumor or abscess and patients with stents) at 2, 5, and 10 years were 27%, 47%, and 70%, respectively. Multivariate analysis revealed that the presence of UO before IOERT (p < 0.001) was associated with an increased risk of clinically apparent type 1 UO. Increasing IOERT dose (p < 0.04) was associated with an increased risk of clinically apparent type 2 UO. UO rates in ureters not receiving IOERT at 2, 5, and 10 years were 19%, 19%, and 51%, respectively. Conclusions: Risk of UO after IOERT increases with dose. However, UO risk for ureters not receiving IOERT was also high, which suggests an underlying risk of ureteral injury from other causes.

  19. Ureteropyeloscopy and homium: YAG laser lithotripsy for treatment of ureteral calculi (report of 356 cases)

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    Wu, Zhong; Din, Qiang; Jiang, Hao-wen; Zen, Jing-cun; Yu, Jiang; Zhang, Yuanfang

    2005-07-01

    Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of holmium YAG laser lithotripsy for the treatment of ureteral calculi. Methods: A total of 356 patients underwent ureteropyeloscopic lithotripsy using holmium YAG laser with a semirigid uretesopyeloscope, 93 upper, 135 middle, and 128 lower ureteral stones were treated. Results: The overall successful fragmentation rate for all ureteral stones in a single session achieved 98% (349/356). The successful fragmentation rate stratified by stone location was 95% 88/93 in the upper ureter, 99% (134/135) in the mid ureter , and 99%(127/128) in the distal ureter. 12 cases with bilateral ureteral stones which caused acute renal failure and anuria were treated rapidly and effectively by the holmium YAG laser lithotripsy. No complications such as perforation and severe trauma were encountered during the operations. 2 weeks 17months (with an average of 6.8 month ) follow up postoperatively revealed that the overall stone-free rate was 98%(343/349) and no ureteral stenosis was found. Conclusions Holmium YAG laser lithotripsy is a highly effective, minimally invasive and safe therapy for ureteral calculi. It is indicated as a first choice of treatment for patients with ureteral calculi, especially for the ones with mid- lower levels of ureteral calculi.

  20. Urine excretion strategy for stem cell-generated embryonic kidneys.

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    Yokote, Shinya; Matsunari, Hitomi; Iwai, Satomi; Yamanaka, Shuichiro; Uchikura, Ayuko; Fujimoto, Eisuke; Matsumoto, Kei; Nagashima, Hiroshi; Kobayashi, Eiji; Yokoo, Takashi

    2015-10-20

    There have been several recent attempts to generate, de novo, a functional whole kidney from stem cells using the organogenic niche or blastocyst complementation methods. However, none of these attempts succeeded in constructing a urinary excretion pathway for the stem cell-generated embryonic kidney. First, we transplanted metanephroi from cloned pig fetuses into gilts; the metanephroi grew to about 3 cm and produced urine, although hydronephrosis eventually was observed because of the lack of an excretion pathway. Second, we demonstrated the construction of urine excretion pathways in rats. Rat metanephroi or metanephroi with bladders (developed from cloacas) were transplanted into host rats. Histopathologic analysis showed that tubular lumina dilation and interstitial fibrosis were reduced in kidneys developed from cloacal transplants compared with metanephroi transplantation. Then we connected the host animal's ureter to the cloacal-developed bladder, a technique we called the "stepwise peristaltic ureter" (SWPU) system. The application of the SWPU system avoided hydronephrosis and permitted the cloacas to differentiate well, with cloacal urine being excreted persistently through the recipient ureter. Finally, we demonstrated a viable preclinical application of the SWPU system in cloned pigs. The SWPU system also inhibited hydronephrosis in the pig study. To our knowledge, this is the first report showing that the SWPU system may resolve two important problems in the generation of kidneys from stem cells: construction of a urine excretion pathway and continued growth of the newly generated kidney. PMID:26392557

  1. Family Caregiver Palliative Care Intervention in Supporting Caregivers of Patients With Stage II-IV Gastrointestinal, Gynecologic, and Urologic Cancers

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    2016-05-03

    Healthy, no Evidence of Disease; Localized Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Metastatic Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment; Recurrent Bladder Cancer; Recurrent Cervical Cancer; Recurrent Colon Cancer; Recurrent Gastric Cancer; Recurrent Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Recurrent Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Recurrent Pancreatic Cancer; Recurrent Rectal Cancer; Recurrent Renal Cell Cancer; Recurrent Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Recurrent Urethral Cancer; Recurrent Uterine Sarcoma; Regional Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter; Stage II Bladder Cancer; Stage II Renal Cell Cancer; Stage II Urethral Cancer; Stage IIA Cervical Cancer; Stage IIA Colon Cancer; Stage IIA Gastric Cancer; Stage IIA Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIA Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Stage IIA Pancreatic Cancer; Stage IIA Rectal Cancer; Stage IIA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIB Cervical Cancer; Stage IIB Colon Cancer; Stage IIB Gastric Cancer; Stage IIB Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIB Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Stage IIB Pancreatic Cancer; Stage IIB Rectal Cancer; Stage IIB Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIC Colon Cancer; Stage IIC Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIC Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Stage IIC Rectal Cancer; Stage III Bladder Cancer; Stage III Pancreatic Cancer; Stage III Renal Cell Cancer; Stage III Urethral Cancer; Stage IIIA Cervical Cancer; Stage IIIA Colon Cancer; Stage IIIA Gastric Cancer; Stage IIIA Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIA Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Stage IIIA Rectal Cancer; Stage IIIA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIB Cervical Cancer; Stage IIIB Colon Cancer; Stage IIIB Gastric Cancer; Stage IIIB Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIB Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer; Stage IIIB Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIC Colon Cancer; Stage IIIC Gastric Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Stage IIIC Rectal Cancer; Stage IIIC Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IV Bladder Cancer; Stage IV Gastric Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer; Stage IV Renal Cell Cancer; Stage IV Urethral Cancer; Stage IVA Cervical Cancer; Stage IVA Colon Cancer; Stage IVA Rectal Cancer; Stage IVA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IVB Cervical Cancer; Stage IVB Colon Cancer; Stage IVB Rectal Cancer; Stage IVB Uterine Sarcoma; Ureter Cancer

  2. The Characteristics of Recurrent Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma after Radical Nephroureterectomy without Bladder Cuff Excision

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    Kang, Minyong; Jeong, Chang Wook; Kwak, Cheol; Kim, Hyeon Hoe

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To investigate oncological outcomes based on bladder cuff excision (BCE) during radical nephroureterectomy (RNU) for upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) and to provide clinical evidence of tumor recurrence in patients without BCE. Materials and Methods We retrospectively collected data of 372 consecutive patients who underwent RNU at our institution from May 1989 through October 2010. After excluding some data, we reviewed 336 patients for the analysis. Results Of the patients who underwent RNU with BCE (n=279, 83.0%) and without BCE (n=57, 17.0%), patients without BCE had poorer cancer-specific and overall survival rates. Among 57 patients without BCE, 35 (61.4%) experienced tumor recurrence. Recurrence at the remnant ureter resulted in poor oncological outcomes compared to those in patients with bladder recurrence, but better outcomes were observed compared to recurrence at other sites. No significant predictors for tumor recurrence at the remnant ureter were identified. In patients without BCE, pathological T stage [hazard ratio (HR), 5.73] and lymphovascular invasion (HR, 3.65) were independent predictors of cancer-specific survival, whereas age (HR, 1.04), pathological T stage (HR, 5.11), and positive tumor margin (HR, 6.50) were independent predictors of overall survival. Conclusion Patients without BCE had poorer overall and cancer-specific survival after RNU than those with BCE. Most of these patients experienced tumor recurrence at the remnant ureter and other sites. Patients with non-organ confined UTUC after RNU without BCE may be considered for adjuvant chemotherapy with careful follow-up. PMID:25683984

  3. Holmium Laser Lithotripsy with Semi-Rigid Ureteroscopy: A First-Choice Treatment for Impacted Ureteral Stones in Children?

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    Adanur, Senol; Aydin, Hasan Riza; Ozkaya, Fatih; Ziypak, Tevfik; Polat, Ozkan

    2014-01-01

    Background We aimed to assess the effectiveness of semi-rigid ureteroscopy and holmium laser lithotripsy in the treatment of impacted ureteral stones in children. Material/Methods We evaluated a total of 32 children under the age of 18 years treated with ureteroscopic holmium laser lithotripsy for impacted ureteral stones between January 2005 and July 2013. Their stone-free state was defined as the absence of any residual stone on radiologic evaluation performed 4 weeks postoperatively. Complications were evaluated according to the modified Clavien classification. Result The mean patient age was 9.5±5.1 years (range 1–18 years). Seven (21.8%) of the stones were located in the proximal ureter, 9 (28.2%) were in the mid-ureter, and 16 (50%) were in the distal ureter. The mean stone size was calculated as being 10.46±3.8 mm2 (range 5–20). The stone-free rate was 93.75% (30/32 patients) following primary URS. Additional treatment was required for only 2 (6.25%) of the patients. After the procedure, a D-J stent was placed in all the patients. The total complication rate was 15.6% (5 patients). The 10 total complications in these 5 patients were 5 (15.6%) Grade I, 1 (3.1%) Grade II, 2 (6.25%) Grade IIIa, and 2 (6.25%) Grade IIIb. The mean follow-up period was 16.5 months (range 3–55). Conclusions For the treatment of impacted ureteral stones in children, holmium laser lithotripsy with semi-rigid ureteroscopy, with its low retreatment requirement and acceptable complication rates, is an effective and reliable method in experienced and skilled hands as a first-choice treatment approach. PMID:25415256

  4. Evaluation of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL): Efficacy in Treatment of Urinary System Stones

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    Junuzovic, Dzelaludin; Prstojevic, Jelena Kovacevic; Hasanbegovic, Munira; Lepara, Zahid

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Introduction: Elimination of stone is determined by size and its localization. Stone from the ureter in 80% of cases can be eliminated spontaneously. If the stone by its characteristics is not spontaneously eliminated, taken are further steps and therapeutic protocols to solve this problem. Material and methods: The study was prospective, open and comparative. It was conducted at the Urology Clinic Clinical Center of Sarajevo University in the period from 2007 to 2013. The study included 404 patients with urinary tract lithiasis treated by ESWL. ESWL treatment is performed on the machine Siemens Model Lithostar Multiline, which has a combined ultrasonographic and fluoroscopic display, large energy density in order to obtain optimum focus (without damaging surrounding tissue) and minimal pain that on rare occasions requires for mild sedation-sedation. Results: From a total of 404 patients included in the study there were 234 (57.92%) male and 170 (42.08%) female patients. The most common type of stone both in female and male patients was calcium type. From a total of 262 calcium stones, 105 of them (40.07%) was present in female patients and 157 (59.92%) in male. Share of infectious type of stone in female patients was 63 (49.60%) and 64 among males (50.39%). Other stones were less abundant in both the gender groups and their total number was only 17. In women their frequency was 2 (13.33%) and 13 among males (86.67%). There was a significant difference in the frequency of different types of stones by gender (x2 = 11.47, p = 0.009). Conclusion: There was no statistically significant correlation between the number of treatments and localization of stones in the ureter, as well as a statistically significant correlation between the size of the stone and the localization of calculus in the ureter. PMID:25568579

  5. On the Mechanisms Whereby Temperature Affects Excitation-Contraction Coupling in Smooth Muscle

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    Burdyga, Theodor V.; Wray, Susan

    2002-01-01

    Moderate cooling of smooth muscle can modulate force production and may contribute to pathophysiological conditions, but the mechanisms underlying its effects are poorly understood. Interestingly, cooling increases force in rat ureter, but decreases it in guinea pigs. Therefore, this study used ureteric smooth muscle as a model system to elucidate the mechanisms of the effects of cooling on excitation-contraction coupling. Simultaneous recordings of force, intracellular [Ca2+], and electrical activity were made in intact ureter and ionic currents measured in isolated cells. The increase in force amplitude in rat ureter with cooling was found to be due to a significant increase in the duration of the Ca2+ transient. This in turn was due to a marked prolongation of the action potential. In guinea pigs, both these parameters were much less affected by cooling. Examination of membrane currents revealed that differences in ion channel contribution to the action potential underlie these differences. In particular, cooling potentiated Ca2+-activated Cl− currents, which are present in rat but not guinea pig ureteric smooth muscle, and prolonged the plateau of the action potential and Ca2+ entry. The force-Ca2+ relationship revealed that the increased duration of the Ca2+ transient was sufficient in the rat, but not in the guinea pig, to overcome kinetic lags produced in both species by cooling and potentiate force. Ca2+ entry and release processes were largely temperature-insensitive, but the rate of relaxation was very temperature-sensitive. Effects of cooling on myosin light chain phosphatase, confirmed in experiments using calyculin A, appear to be the predominant mechanisms affecting relaxation. Thus, smooth muscle is diverse in its response to temperature, even when experimental variables, such as the mode of stimulation, are removed. Although the biochemical and mechanical events accompanying contraction are likely to be affected in similar ways by temperature, differences in electrical events lead to subsequent differences in these processes between smooth muscles. PMID:11773241

  6. Endoscopic spray cryotherapy for genitourinary malignancies: safety and efficacy in a porcine model

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    Power, Nicholas E.; Silberstein, Jonathan L.; Tarin, Tatum; Au, Joyce; Thorner, Daniel; Ezell, Paula; Monette, Sébastien; Fong, Yuman; Rusch, Valerie; Finley, David

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To examine the effects and safety of using endoscopic spray cryotherapy (ESC) on bladder, ureteral, and renal pelvis urothelium in a live porcine model. Subjects and methods: ESC treatments were systematically applied to urothelial sites in the bladder, ureter, and renal pelvis of eight female Yorkshire swine in a prospective trial. Freeze–thaw cycles ranged from 5 to 60 s/cycle for one to six cycles using a 7 French cryotherapy catheter. Tissue was evaluated histologically for treatment-related effects. Acute physiologic effects were evaluated with pulse oximetry, Doppler sonography, and postmortem findings. Results: In bladder, treatment depth was inconsistent regardless of dose, demonstrating urothelial necrosis in one, muscularis propria depth necrosis in two, and full thickness necrosis in all remaining samples. In ureter, full thickness necrosis was seen in all samples, even with the shortest spray duration (5 s/cycle for six cycles or 30 s/cycle for one cycle). Treatment to the renal pelvis was complicated by adiabatic gas expansion of liquid nitrogen to its gaseous state, resulting in high intraluminal pressures requiring venting to avoid organ perforation, even at the lowest treatment settings. At a planned dose of 5 s/cycle for six cycles of the first renal pelvis animal, treatment was interrupted by sudden and unrecoverable cardiopulmonary failure after three cycles. Repeated studies replicated this event. Ultrasound and immediate necropsy confirmed the creation of a large gaseous embolism and reproducible cardiopulmonary effects. Conclusion: ESC in a porcine urothelial treatment model results in full-thickness tissue necrosis in bladder, ureter, and renal pelvis at a minimal treatment settings of 5 s/cycle for six cycles. Adiabatic gas expansion may result in fatal pyelovenous gas embolism and collateral organ injury, as seen in both animals receiving treatment to the renal pelvis in this study. These results raise safety concerns for use of ESC as a treatment modality in urothelial tissues with current device settings. PMID:23730328

  7. Variations in renal morphometry: A hospital-based Indian study

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    Rathore, Ranjeet S.; Mehta, Nisarg; Pillai, Biju S.; Sam, Mohan P.; Upendran, Binu; Krishnamoorthy, H.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: The currently available standard renal nomograms for comparison of renal dimensions in India are based on the measurements made in the Western population. The objectives of our study were to identify variations in renal morphometric parameters in subjects with no known renal disease in a hospital-based Indian population and to find out any correlation between renal volumes with split renal functions and body mass index (BMI). Materials and Methods: One hundred and fifty-one subjects undergoing contrast-enhanced computerized tomography (CT) scan for various purposes, including donor nephrectomy, from June 2012 to August 2014 were included in the study. The renal and ureteral dimensions were assessed from the contrast-enhanced CT scan images of these patients. Results: The mean length, width, thickness and volume of the left kidney were 11.02 ± 1.13 cm, 5.21 ± 0.75 cm, 4.65 ± 0.84 cm and 138.22 ± 29.81 mL, respectively, and those for the right kidney were 10.86 ± 1.12 cm, 5.13 ± 0.77 cm, 4.73 ± 0.95 cm and 137.54 ± 34.48 mL, respectively. The mean length of the left ureter was 23.51 ± 1.48 cm and that of the right ureter was 23.24 ± 1.93 cm. The mean volume of the kidneys in males and females was also different. The volume of the kidney did not statically correlate with the split glomerular filtration rate ((P = 0.12) and BMI (P = 0.52)). Conclusions: Our study revealed that there exist differences in various morphometric parameters of the kidney and ureter in different subsets of the Indian population attending our hospital as compared with the standard values quoted in the world literature. PMID:26941497

  8. Laparoscopic ureterolithotomy; which is better: Transperitoneal or retroperitoneal approach?

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    Khalil, Mostafa; Omar, Rabea; Abdel-baky, Shabieb; Mohey, Ahmed; Sebaey, Ahmed

    2015-01-01

    Objective This was a prospective study to compare the outcome of laparoscopic transperitoneal ureterolithotomy (LTU) with laparoscopic retroperitoneal ureterolithotomy (LRU) as a primary treatment for a large stone in the proximal ureter. Material and methods A total of 24 patients with a solitary, large (>1.5 cm), and impacted stone in the proximal ureter was selected and randomly divided into two groups. The first group included 13 patients who were treated by LTU, and the second group included 11 patients who were treated by LRU. Patient demographics and stone characteristics as well as the operative and postoperative data of both groups were compared and statistically analyzed. Results There was no significant difference between the two groups regarding patient demographics and stone characteristics. The mean operative time was significantly shorter in the LTU group than in the LRU group [116.2±21.8 min vs 137.3±17.9 min, respectively (p=0.02)]. The mean time to oral intake was significantly longer in the LTU group than in the LRU group [21.2±4.9 h vs 15.5±2.8 h, respectively (p=0.002)]. There was significant higher rate (27.3%) of changing to open surgery in LRU (p=0.04). The stone-free rate was significantly higher in the LTU group than in the LRU group [100% vs. 72.8%, respectively (p=0.03)]. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups regarding the mean blood loss, mean hospital stay, mean analgesia dose, blood transfusion rate, postoperative fever, and stone migration during surgery. Conclusion Both approaches of laparoscopic ureterolithotomy are effective in treating large impacted stones in the proximal ureter. LTU has significantly shorter operative time and lower rate of open conversion but has a significantly longer time to oral intake. PMID:26623147

  9. Effects of PDE5 Inhibitors and sGC Stimulators in a Rat Model of Artificial Ureteral Calculosis

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    Sandner, Peter; Tinel, Hanna; Affaitati, Giannapia; Costantini, Raffaele; Giamberardino, Maria Adele

    2015-01-01

    Urinary colics from calculosis are frequent and intense forms of pain whose current pharmacological treatment remains unsatisfactory. New and more effective drugs are needed to control symptoms and improve stone expulsion. Recent evidence suggested that the Nitric Oxide (NO) / cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) / phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) system may contribute to ureteral motility influencing stone expulsion. We investigated if PDE5 inhibitors and sGC stimulators influence ureteral contractility, pain behaviour and stone expulsion in a rat model of ureteral calculosis. We investigated: a)the sex-specific PDE5 distribution in the rat ureter; b)the functional in vitro effects of vardenafil and sildenafil (PDE5 inhibitors) and BAY41-2272 (sGC stimulator) on induced ureteral contractility in rats and c)the in vivo effectiveness of vardenafil and BAY41-2272, alone and combined with ketoprofen, vs hyoscine-N-butylbromide alone or combined with ketoprofen, on behavioural pain indicators and stone expulsion in rats with artificial calculosis in one ureter. PDE5 was abundantly expressed in male and female rats’ ureter. In vitro, both vardenafil and BAY41-2272 significantly relaxed pre-contracted ureteral strips. In vivo, all compounds significantly reduced number and global duration of “ureteral crises” and post-stone lumbar muscle hyperalgesia in calculosis rats. The highest level of reduction of the pain behaviour was observed with BAY41-2272 among all spasmolytics administered alone, and with the combination of ketoprofen with BAY41-2272. The percentage of stone expulsion was maximal in the ketoprofen+BAY41-2272 group. The NO/cGMP/PDE5 pathway is involved in the regulation of ureteral contractility and pain behaviour in urinary calculosis. PDE5 inhibitors and sGC stimulators could become a potent new option for treatment of urinary colic pain. PMID:26509272

  10. Interkinetic nuclear migration in the mouse embryonic ureteric epithelium: Possible implication for congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract.

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    Motoya, Tomoyuki; Ogawa, Noriko; Nitta, Tetsuya; Rafiq, Ashiq Mahmood; Jahan, Esrat; Furuya, Motohide; Matsumoto, Akihiro; Udagawa, Jun; Otani, Hiroki

    2016-05-01

    Interkinetic nuclear migration (INM) is a phenomenon in which progenitor cell nuclei migrate along the apico-basal axis of the pseudostratified epithelium, which is characterized by the presence of apical primary cilia, in synchrony with the cell cycle in a manner of apical mitosis. INM is suggested to regulate not only stem/progenitor cell proliferation/differentiation but also organ size and shape. INM has been reported in epithelia of both ectoderm and endoderm origin. We examined whether INM exists in the mesoderm-derived ureteric epithelium. At embryonic day (E) 11.5, E12.5 and E13.5, C57BL/6J mouse dams were injected with 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) and embryos were killed 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 h later. We immunostained transverse sections of the ureter for BrdU, and measured the position of BrdU (+) nuclei in the ureteric epithelia along the apico-basal axis at each time point. We analyzed the distribution patterns of BrdU (+) nuclei in histograms using the multidimensional scaling. Changes in the nucleus distribution patterns suggested nucleus movement characteristic of INM in the ureteric epithelia, and the mode of INM varied throughout the ureter development. While apical primary cilia are related with INM by providing a centrosome for the apical mitosis, congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) include syndromes linked to primary ciliary dysfunction affecting epithelial tubular organs such as kidney, ureter, and brain. The present study showed that INM exists in the ureteric epithelium and suggests that INM may be related with the CAKUT etiology via primary ciliary protein function. PMID:26710751

  11. Late effects of intraoperative radiation therapy on retroperitoneal tissues, intestine, and bile duct in a large animal model

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    Sindelar, W.F.; Tepper, J.E.; Kinslla, T.J.; Barnes, M.; DeLuca, A.M.; Terrill, R.; Matthews, D.; Johnstone, P.A.S.; Anderson, W.J.; Bollinger, B.K.

    1994-07-01

    The late histopathological effects of intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) on retroperitoneal tissues, intestine, and bile duct were investigated in dogs. Fourteen adult foxhounds were subjected to laparotomy and varying doses (0-45 Gy) of IORT (11 MeV electrons) delivered to retroperitoneal tissues including the great vessels and ureters, to a loop of defunctionalized small bowel, or to the extrahepatic bile duct. One control animal received an aortic transection and reanastomosis at the time of laparotomy; another control received laparotomy alone. This paper describes the late effects of single-fraction IORT occurring 3-5 years following treatment. Dogs receiving IORT to the retroperitoneum through a 4 X 15 cm portal showed few gross or histologic abnormalities at 20 Gy. At doses ranging from 30-45 Gy, radiation changes in normal tissues were consistently observed. Retroperitoneal fibrosis with encasement of the ureters and great vessels developed at doses {ge}30 Gy. Radiation changes were present in the aorta and vena cava at doses {ge}40 Gy. A 30 Gy dog developed an in-field malignant osteosarcoma at 3 years which invaded the vertebral column and compressed the spinal cord. A 40 Gy animal developed obstruction of the right ureter with fatal septic hydronephrosis at 4 years. Animals receiving IORT through a 5 cm IORT portal to an upper abdominal field which included a defunctionalized loop of small bowel, showed few gross or histologic abnormalities at a dose of 20 Gy. At 30 Gy, hyaline degeneration of the intestinal muscularis layer of the bowel occurred. At a dose of 45 Gy, internal intestinal fistulae developed. One 30 Gy animal developed right ureteral obstruction and hydronephrosis at 5 years. A dog receiving 30 Gy IORT through a 5 cm portal to the extrahepatic bile duct showed diffuse fibrosis through the gastroduodenal ligament. These canine studies contribute to the area of late tissue tolerance to IORT. 7 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs.

  12. Intramuscular nerve distribution in bladder and the relationship between intramuscular ganglia and bladder function in man and dog

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    Zhao, Zeju; Xu, Qian; Lu, Li; Luo, Xu; Fu, Xiaoyun

    2014-01-01

    In clinical, the relationship between bladder intramuscular nerve and function is also elusive. This study aims to compare the bladder intramuscular nerve distribution and its characteristics and significance in human and dog. Eleven dogs’ bladders were stained by Sihler’s and HE techniques. Fifteen human bladders were adopted by Sihler’s staining, using 10% formaldehyde to fix 12 weeks, 7 by HE dyeing fixes 24 hours. Results indicated that man’s bladder was triangularpyramid-shaped. While dog’s bladder was spherical-shaped and its muscle fibers arrange were irregularly shaped. Longitudinal muscle of the outer layer is fleshy, the terminal is at the bladder neck without exception, and vesical trigone has relatively obvious three layers of structure. After dyeing dog’s bladder was transparent jelly, the nerve was purple color, enter bladder at the ureter-bladder junction with different forms. Man’s bladder nerves, no ganglion, were more trivial than that of dogs, and with smaller branches, the large nerve ganglion. The links with the nerve fibers and forms the network on the dog’s bladder wall, and the nerve fibers crosses comparatively little on both the left and right sides in the midline. The right nerve branch gains advantage on the man’s bladder wall, the situations is opposite on the dog’s. In conclusion, bladder nerves which scatter to the bladder wall have branches to lower ureter at the ureter-bladder junction, the structure and distribution of intramuscular nerves are different, the existence of intramuscular ganglia is relating to the bladder function both in man and dog. PMID:25664008

  13. Application of syntactic methods of pattern recognition for data mining and knowledge discovery in medicine

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    Ogiela, Marek R.; Tadeusiewicz, Ryszard

    2000-04-01

    This paper presents and discusses possibilities of application of selected algorithms belonging to the group of syntactic methods of patten recognition used to analyze and extract features of shapes and to diagnose morphological lesions seen on selected medical images. This method is particularly useful for specialist morphological analysis of shapes of selected organs of abdominal cavity conducted to diagnose disease symptoms occurring in the main pancreatic ducts, upper segments of ureters and renal pelvis. Analysis of the correct morphology of these organs is possible with the application of the sequential and tree method belonging to the group of syntactic methods of pattern recognition. The objective of this analysis is to support early diagnosis of disease lesions, mainly characteristic for carcinoma and pancreatitis, based on examinations of ERCP images and a diagnosis of morphological lesions in ureters as well as renal pelvis based on an analysis of urograms. In the analysis of ERCP images the main objective is to recognize morphological lesions in pancreas ducts characteristic for carcinoma and chronic pancreatitis, while in the case of kidney radiogram analysis the aim is to diagnose local irregularities of ureter lumen and to examine the morphology of renal pelvis and renal calyxes. Diagnosing the above mentioned lesion has been conducted with the use of syntactic methods of pattern recognition, in particular the languages of description of features of shapes and context-free sequential attributed grammars. These methods allow to recognize and describe in a very efficient way the aforementioned lesions on images obtained as a result of initial image processing of width diagrams of the examined structures. Additionally, in order to support the analysis of the correct structure of renal pelvis a method using the tree grammar for syntactic pattern recognition to define its correct morphological shapes has been presented.

  14. Ureteral stenosis after kidney transplantation. A study on 869 consecutive transplants.

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    Faenza, A; Nardo, B; Catena, F; Scolari, M P; d'Arcangelo, G L; Buscaroli, A; Rossi, C; Zompatori, M

    1999-01-01

    Ureteral obstruction with impaired urine flow is the most common urological complication following renal transplantation. From December 1976 to December 1997, 869 kidney grafts were performed by our kidney transplantation group, 96 from living related donors and 773 from cadaver donors (736 first grafts and 37 regrafts). A stricture of the ureter (SU) was observed in 27 cases with a follow-up ranging from 18 months to 18 years after the graft and 11 months to 11 years after the treatment of the SU. In six patients, SU was immediately apparent and limited to the anastomosis: they were obviously technical flaws. In all the other patients, there was a free interval ranging from 2 months to 11 years after surgery; the SU usually involved the entire ureter, suggesting multiple etiologies. Repeated urinary infections could be a cause but immunological problems might be more determinant. In our series, acute rejection was more common than chronic so that the correction of SU was followed in many cases by a good and long lasting result (up to 11 years). In our experience, SU was not a dangerous complication even in patients in whom for different reasons (mainly refusal of treatment) the therapy was delayed - even if anuria occurred, no case of graft loss or serious damage were observed. At the beginning of our experience, the diagnosis of SU was based on urography, and therapy has always been re-operation. For 15 years, the diagnosis of SU has been based on routine echographic surveillance, which was intensified after each rejection, and the first treatment of SU in the last 8 years was re-operation in early technical SU and interventional radiology (balloon dilatation with or without temporary stent) in other cases. When it failed or in case of recurrence, surgical correction was performed utilizing the native ipsilateral or contralateral ureter for a uretero-ureterostomy. PMID:10551998

  15. Tissue Engineering of Ureteral Grafts: Preparation of Biocompatible Crosslinked Ureteral Scaffolds of Porcine Origin

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    Koch, Holger; Hammer, Niels; Ossmann, Susann; Schierle, Katrin; Sack, Ulrich; Hofmann, Jörg; Wecks, Mike; Boldt, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    The surgical reconstruction of ureteric defects is often associated with post-operative complications and requires additional medical care. Decellularized ureters originating from porcine donors could represent an alternative therapy. Our aim was to investigate the possibility of manufacturing decellularized ureters, the characteristics of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and the biocompatibility of these grafts in vitro/in vivo after treatment with different crosslinking agents. To achieve these goals, native ureters were obtained from pigs and were decellularized. The success of decellularization and the ECM composition were characterized by (immuno)histological staining methods and a DNA-assay. In vitro: scaffolds were crosslinked either with carbodiimide (CDI), genipin (GP), glutaraldehyde, left chemically untreated or were lyophilized. Scaffolds in each group were reseeded with Caco2, LS48, 3T3 cells, or native rat smooth muscle cells (SMC). After 2 weeks, the number of ingrown cells was quantified. In vivo: crosslinked scaffolds were implanted subcutaneously into rats and the type of infiltrating cells were determined after 1, 9, and 30 days. After decellularization, scaffold morphology and composition of ECM were maintained, all cellular components were removed, DNA destroyed and strongly reduced. In vitro: GP and CDI scaffolds revealed a higher number of ingrown 3T3 and SMC cells as compared to untreated scaffolds. In vivo: at day 30, implants were predominantly infiltrated by fibroblasts and M2 anti-inflammatory macrophages. A maximum of MMP3 was observed in the CDI group at day 30. TIMP1 was below the detection limit. In this study, we demonstrated the potential of decellularization to create biocompatible porcine ureteric grafts, whereas a CDI-crosslink may facilitate the remodeling process. The use of decellularized ureteric grafts may represent a novel therapeutic method in reconstruction of ureteric defects. PMID:26157796

  16. Laparoscopic reconstruction of ureteral strictures involving solitary renal units-1 year and 5 year outcomes

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    Abraham, George P.; Das, Krishanu; Siddiaiah, Avinash T.; Ramaswami, Krishnamohan; George, P. Datson; Abraham, Jisha J.

    2015-01-01

    CONTEXT: Long-term outcome following a laparoscopic reconstruction of ureteral strictures (US) involving solitary renal units (SRU) are scarcely reported. AIMS: The aim was to report short-term (1 year) and long-term (5 years) outcomes following a laparoscopic reconstruction of US in a solitary kidney. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Retrospective. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Records of patients operated for similar scenarios between January 2004 and January 2014 were evaluated. Clinical, biochemical and radiological profile were noted. Operative and post-operative profile were recorded. Follow-ups were scheduled at regular intervals (3 months post-procedure, 6 monthly for 2 years and yearly thereafter. Imaging was repeated at yearly intervals). Outcome was assessed by comparing pre-operative and post-operative clinical, biochemical, and radiological parameters. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: SAS software 9.2 version. A P < 0.05 was inferred as statistically significant. RESULTS: Seven patients underwent a laparoscopic reconstruction. Stricture location was upper ureter (n = 1), mid ureter (n = 2), lower ureter (n = 4). Surgeries performed were ureteroureterostomy, Boari flap ureteroneocystostomy and ureteroneocystostomy with psoas hitch. Four patients reported prior contralateral nephrectomy. Three patients underwent prior endoscopic correction. Four patients presented with elevated serum creatinine (>1.4 mg/dl). Till last follow-up, improvement in symptomatology and improvement or stabilisation of serum creatinine was perceived in all. Ureteral patency with resolution of hydronephrosis was observed in five patients at 1 year follow-up. Two patients revealed ureteral patency with persistence of hydronephrosis. Clinical, biochemical and radiological outcomes were maintained till long-term follow-up. CONCLUSION: Laparoscopic reconstruction of US in SRU offers impressive short- and long-term outcome. PMID:26622112

  17. Acellularization-Induced Changes in Tensile Properties Are Organ Specific - An In-Vitro Mechanical and Structural Analysis of Porcine Soft Tissues

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    Aust, Gabriela; Boldt, Andreas; Fritsch, Sebastian; Keil, Isabel; Koch, Holger; Möbius, Robert; Scheidt, Holger A.; Wagner, Martin F. X.; Hammer, Niels

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Though xenogeneic acellular scaffolds are frequently used for surgical reconstruction, knowledge of their mechanical properties is lacking. This study compared the mechanical, histological and ultrastructural properties of various native and acellular specimens. Materials and Methods Porcine esophagi, ureters and skin were tested mechanically in a native or acellular condition, focusing on the elastic modulus, ultimate tensile stress and maximum strain. The testing protocol for soft tissues was standardized, including the adaption of the tissue’s water content and partial plastination to minimize material slippage as well as templates for normed sample dimensions and precise cross-section measurements. The native and acellular tissues were compared at the microscopic and ultrastructural level with a focus on type I collagens. Results Increased elastic modulus and ultimate tensile stress values were quantified in acellular esophagi and ureters compared to the native condition. In contrast, these values were strongly decreased in the skin after acellularization. Acellularization-related decreases in maximum strain were found in all tissues. Type I collagens were well-preserved in these samples; however, clotting and a loss of cross-linking type I collagens was observed ultrastructurally. Elastins and fibronectins were preserved in the esophagi and ureters. A loss of the epidermal layer and decreased fibronectin content was present in the skin. Discussion Acellularization induces changes in the tensile properties of soft tissues. Some of these changes appear to be organ specific. Loss of cross-linking type I collagen may indicate increased mechanical strength due to decreasing transverse forces acting upon the scaffolds, whereas fibronectin loss may be related to decreased load-bearing capacity. Potentially, the alterations in tissue mechanics are linked to organ function and to the interplay of cells and the extracellular matrix, which is different in hollow organs when compared to skin. PMID:26960134

  18. Influence of Saline on Temperature Profile of Laser Lithotripsy Activation

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    Silva, Igor N.; Donalisio da Silva, Rodrigo; Gustafson, Diedra; Sehrt, David; Kim, Fernando J.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Purpose: We established an ex vivo model to evaluate the temperature profile of the ureter during laser lithotripsy, the influence of irrigation on temperature, and thermal spread during lithotripsy with the holmium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Ho:YAG) laser. Materials and Methods: Two ex vivo models of Ovis aries urinary tract and human calcium oxalate calculi were used. The Open Ureteral Model was opened longitudinally to measure the thermal profile of the urothelium. On the Clinical Model, anterograde ureteroscopy was performed in an intact urinary system. Temperatures were measured on the external portion of the ureter and the urothelium during lithotripsy and intentional perforation. The lithotripsy group (n=20) was divided into irrigated (n=10) and nonirrigated (n=10), which were compared for thermal spread length and values during laser activation. The intentional perforation group (n=10) was evaluated under saline flow. The Ho:YAG laser with a 365 μm laser fiber and power at 10W was used (1J/Pulse at 10 Hz). Infrared Fluke Ti55 Thermal Imager was used for evaluation. Maximum temperature values were recorded and compared. Results: On the Clinical Model, the external ureteral wall obtained a temperature of 37.4°C±2.5° and 49.5°C±2.3° (P=0.003) and in the Open Ureteral Model, 49.7°C and 112.4°C with and without irrigation, respectively (P<0.05). The thermal spread along the external ureter wall was not statically significant with or without irrigation (P=0.065). During intentional perforation, differences in temperatures were found between groups (opened with and without irrigation): 81.8°±8.8° and 145.0°±15.0°, respectively (P<0.005). Conclusion: There is an increase in the external ureteral temperature during laser activation, but ureteral thermal values decreased when saline flow was applied. Ureter thermal spread showed no difference between irrigated and nonirrigated subgroups. This is the first laser lithotripsy thermography study establishing the framework to evaluate the temperature profile in the future. PMID:25154455

  19. Magnetic resonance urography in the pediatric population: a clinical perspective.

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    Chua, Michael E; Ming, Jessica M; Farhat, Walid A

    2016-05-01

    Diagnostic imaging in pediatric urology has traditionally relied upon multiple modalities based on availability, use of ionizing radiation, and invasiveness to evaluate urological anomalies. These modalities include ultrasonography, voiding cystourethrography, fluoroscopy and radionuclide scintigraphy. Magnetic resonance urography (MRU) has become increasingly useful in depicting more detailed abdominal and pelvic anatomy, specifically in duplex collecting systems, ectopic ureter, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, megaureter and congenital pelvic anomalies. Here we discuss the clinical role of MRU in the pediatric population and its future direction. PMID:27229497

  20. [Augmentation cystoplasty and/or continent urinary diversion. Review of eleven cases].

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    Daher, P; Zeidan, S; Ghorayeb, Z; Lteif, J

    2001-01-01

    Urinary incontinence secondary to neurogenic or malformafive bladders is a major problem influencing social insertion and has been totally transformed by bladder augmentation associated to continent urinary diversion as described by Mitroffanof. We present our experience in eleven cases and try to emphasize on three major points. Combining urinary continent diversion to bladder augmentation guarantees optimal urinary continence. Concomitant bladder neck closure is not necessary to obtain urinary continence; on the contrary, it eliminates a useful pop-off mechanism. Neocystoureterostomy is not requested for every refluxing ureter unless it could be realized on the original bladder. PMID:12416500

  1. Endovascular management of ureteroarterial fistula: a rare potentially life threatening cause of hematuria.

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    Copelan, Alexander; Chehab, Monzer; Cash, Charles; Korman, Howard; Dixit, Purushottam

    2014-07-01

    Ureteroarterial fistula is a rare, potentially life-threatening cause of hematuria characterized by an abnormal channel between a ureter and artery. The rarity of this condition, complexity of predisposing risk factors and intermittence of symptoms may delay or obscure its diagnosis. With a high index of suspicion and careful angiographic evaluation, embarking on this condition is not only possible but sets the stage for curative intervention. We report a case of a ureteroarterial fistula presenting with intermittent hematuria, successfully diagnosed at angiography and managed with endovascular stent graft placement. PMID:25426238

  2. Ureteral Extension In Wilms Tumor: A Report from the National Wilms Tumor Study Group (NWTSG)

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    Ritchey, Michael; Daley, Shane; Shamberger, Robert C.; Ehrlich, Peter; Hamilton, Thomas; Haase, Gerald; Sawin, Robert

    2010-01-01

    Background Extension of Wilms tumor into the ureter is a rare event. We reviewed the National Wilms Tumor Study Group (NWTSG) database to define the clinical presentation, associated pathologic features and clinical outcome of these patients. Methods Records of children identified to have ureteral extension of Wilms tumor enrolled in NWTS-3, -4, and -5 were reviewed. Presenting symptoms, diagnostic studies, histopathology, operation performed, and outcome were recorded. The NWTS-5 data was prospectively collected. Results 45 children were identified with ureteral extension. For NWTS-5, the incidence of ureteral extension was 2%. Clinical presentations were gross hematuria in 22 patients, two had passage of tissue per urethra and one child had a urethral mass. The remainder had nonspecific presentations. Ureteral extension was seen on preoperative imaging in 14 patients, intraoperatively in 22, and on pathologic examination in nine patients. Hydronephrosis was noted in 12 patients and there was non function of the kidney in another 8. Laterality of the tumor was right side in 26 and left in 19. Cystoscopy was performed in 12 children. Findings included tumor seen at the ureteral orifice in six patients and bleeding from the orifice in one child. All patients had radical nephrectomy including partial ureterectomy. The ureteral margin was positive in three patients, including two of the seven with separate removal of the ureteral extension. The clinical stage was: stage I – 10, stage II – 18, stage III – 14, and stage IV - 3. The tumor extended into the proximal ureter in 23 patients, distal ureter in 13, seven had extension into the bladder, and one had urethral involvement. The level of ureteral extension was not clearly noted in the 45th child. The median follow-up was 96 months. Overall, 41 of 45 patients were alive at last contact. There were three deaths due to tumor in patients with unfavorable histology tumors, and one due to treatment toxicity in a child with favorable histology. Conclusions Ureteral extension occurs in approximately 2% of patients with Wilms tumor. The diagnosis should be suspected in patients with gross hematuria, hydronephrosis or nonfunctioning kidney. Cystoscopy with retrograde ureterogram may aid in preoperative diagnosis in these patients. Preoperative diagnosis is important since complete resection of the involved portion of ureter at the time of nephrectomy can avoid residual disease and the need for second surgery or radiation therapy. PMID:18778996

  3. Total surgical reconstruction for patients with abdominal muscular deficiency ("prune-belly") syndrome.

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    Randolph, J G

    1977-12-01

    In the past decade, seven children with the prune-belly syndrome have been seen. Their management has consisted of immediate high tubeless urinary diversion, usually pyelostomy. Thereafter, total reconstruction has been carried out, preferably at one stage. This consists of (1) bilateral shortening, tapering and reimplantation of the ureters, (2) reduction cystoplasty, (3) bilateral orchiopexy, and (4) excision of that part of the abdominal wall that is most redundant and least endowed with musculature. This early effort at mechanical reconstruction has led to gratifying progress in six of the seven children. PMID:22594

  4. Pig kidney transplantation in baboons treated intravenously with a bovine serum albumin-Galalpha1-3Gal conjugate.

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    Gollackner, Bernd; Knosalla, Christoph; Houser, Stuart; Mauiyyedi, Shamila; Buhler, Leo; Kawai, Tatsuo; Duggan, Mike; Sachs, David H; Awwad, Michel; Cooper, David K C

    2003-11-01

    The maintenance of depletion of antibody (Ab) reactive with Galalpha1-3Gal (Gal) on pig vascular endothelial cells by the intravenous (i.v.) infusion of a synthetic Gal conjugate has been proposed as a means of delaying Ab-mediated rejection of transplanted pig organs in primates. We have therefore studied the effect of the continuous i.v. infusion of bovine serum albumin conjugated to multiple synthetic Gal type 6 oligosaccharides (BSA-Gal) on anti-Gal Ab levels and on graft survival in baboons undergoing pig kidney transplantation. Group 1 baboons (n=3) underwent extracorporeal immunoadsorption of anti-Gal Ab, a cyclophosphamide (CPP)-based immunosuppressive regimen, and a non-transgenic pig kidney transplant. Group 2 (n=2) were treated identically to Group 1 but, in addition, received a continuous i.v. infusion of BSA-Gal. Group 3 (n=2) were treated identically to Group 2, but without CPP. A single baboon (Group 4) underwent extracorporeal immunoadsorption, a CPP-based regimen, and continuous i.v. BSA-Gal therapy for 28 days, but did not receive a pig kidney transplant. Two of the transplanted pig kidneys in Group 1 were excised on post transplant days 7 and 13 for a rejected ureter, and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), respectively. The third baboon died of sepsis on day 6. All transplanted ureters and kidneys showed some histopathologic features of acute humoral xenograft rejection. Group 2 baboons were euthanized on days 8 and 11, respectively, for liver failure. At autopsy, there were histopathological features of widespread liver necrosis, but the pig kidneys and ureters showed no features of rejection. The pig kidneys in Group 3 baboons were excised for renal vein thrombosis (day 9) and DIC (day 12); there was no histological signs of rejection in the pig kidneys or ureter, although there were focal areas of modest liver injury in one baboon on biopsy. The single Group 4 baboon showed no biochemical or histological features of liver injury. Anti-Gal Ab levels returned in Group 1, but were maintained at negligible levels in the baboons in Groups 2 to 4 that received BSA-Gal therapy. Continuous i.v. therapy with BSA-Gal is largely successful in maintaining depletion of circulating anti-Gal antibodies and in preventing or delaying Ab deposition and acute humoral xenograft rejection in porcine grafts, but may be associated with liver injury when administered in the presence of a pig kidney transplant and CPP therapy. The mechanism of the hepatic injury remains uncertain. PMID:14708529

  5. Obturator Hernia with Ureteral Entrapment

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    Izzo, Matteo; Regusci, Luca; Fasolini, Fabrizio

    2014-01-01

    Obturator hernia of the ureter is uncommon. Computed tomography of a 77-year-old woman with sudden-onset lower left abdominal pain and urinary symptoms showed an obturator hernia with ureteral entrapment. Obturator hernia is a diagnostic challenge because the hernial mass is very insidious. It should be suspected in emaciated, multiparous, elderly women presenting with unexplained pain in the groin, hip, thigh or knee. High levels of clinical suspicion of high-risk patients and recourse to investigation by computed tomography are important, as delay in diagnosis and treatment is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. PMID:24926229

  6. An unusual presentation of bilateral Hutch diverticula

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    Fanning, Deirdre Mary; Morrin, Martina; Power, Richard

    2014-01-01

    Summary Hutch diverticula are rare congenital diverticula. The general consensus is that they occur secondary to a congenital failure of normal muscle development around the ureteral orifice where Waldeyer sheath anatomically covers the space between the intravesical ureter and muscular layer of the bladder. Our case highlights the radiological appearance of Hutch diverticula and the need for contrast-enhanced imaging to enable accurate evaluation and diagnosis. It illustrates how the presence of periureteric diverticula can contribute to ureteric obstruction and calculus formation; complicate the interpretation of renal tract imaging and the subsequent management of renal calculi. PMID:24859560

  7. Ovarian Dermoid Cyst Causing Distal Ureteral Obstruction.

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    Aiken, W D; Mayhew, R G; Mitchell, S; Stennett, M; Johnson, P

    2015-03-01

    A case of a 45-year old woman with an ovarian dermoid cyst causing ureteric colic secondary to distal ureteral obstruction is reported. The dermoid cyst was observed on computed tomography to be adjacent to and compressing the distal left ureter and this was confirmed at surgical exploration. Following oophorectomy, the patient's symptoms completely resolved and the excised ovarian cyst was confirmed on pathological evaluation to be a dermoid cyst. This appears to be the first reported case of ureteral obstruction caused by an ovarian dermoid cyst in the English medical literature. PMID:26360692

  8. Laparoscopic Treatment of Ovarian Retention Pathology

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    Dionisi; Dionisi; Dionisi

    1996-08-01

    We define ovarian retention pathology as the complications (cystic, degenerative, adhesions, endometriosis, pain, etc.) attributed to ovaries deliberately retained at the time of hysterectomy. We established a protocol for laparoscopy in these women. During 14 laparoscopic procedures for ovarian retention pathology, only one intraoperative complication occurred, a small bowel injury requiring minilaparotomy. One woman required repeat surgery for ovarian remnant syndrome. Published experience with laparotomy suggests that significant injuries to or resections of bowel, bladder, or ureters can occur, but the limited experience with laparoscopic surgery has not shown significant complications. PMID:9074105

  9. Asymptomatic ureteral rupture secondary to chronic urinary retention from massive prostatic enlargement

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    Sarmah, Piyush B.; Noah, Anthony; Kelly, Brian D.; Ryan, Peter G.

    2015-01-01

    Non-traumatic ureteral rupture has been reported more frequently, resulting from increased intraluminal pressures from distal urinary tract obstruction. We report the case of a 77-year-old man presenting with chronic urinary retention secondary to massive prostatic enlargement through acute kidney injury. Ultrasound scan detected a shallow left perinephric fluid collection with a possible bladder mass, demonstrated on flexible cystoscopy to be a massive median lobe of prostate. Computed tomography confirmed extravasation of urine from the left proximal ureter. In the absence of specific symptoms, the patient had successful conservative management with antibiotics and urinary catheterization for his acute episode, although declined further surgical intervention. PMID:26521159

  10. Pulmonary and retroperitoneal lesions induced by methotrexate-associated lymphoproliferative disorder in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Yamakawa, Hideaki; Yoshida, Masahiro; Katagi, Hiroaki; Hirooka, Shinichi; Okuda, Keitaro; Ishikawa, Takeo; Takagi, Masamichi; Kuwano, Kazuyoshi

    2016-05-01

    A 78-year-old man had fatigue and appetite loss for 5 months. He had been receiving low-dose methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis. Computed tomography revealed multiple pulmonary infiltrations and muddiness of the fatty tissue surrounding the right kidney, ureter wall thickening, and hydroureter/nephrosis, which were suspected retroperitoneal fibrosis. Lung biopsy revealed polymorphic/lymphoplasmacytic lymphoproliferative disorder. Methotrexate withdrawal resulted in spontaneous regression. Therefore, retroperitoneal lesion may account for the diagnosis as having retroperitoneal lymphoproliferative disorder, not retroperitoneal fibrosis. PMID:24684409

  11. A Rare Case of Pneumoureter: Emphysematous Pyelitis versus Emphysematous Pyelonephritis

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    Mahesh; Padala, Krishna Prasanthi; Swamy, Kumar; Pailoor, Aruna

    2015-01-01

    Emphysematous pyelitis is a rare benign entity which is defined as isolated gas production in the pelvicalyceal system, ureters or in the urinary bladder as a consequence of acute bacterial renal infection. In this case report we present a case with no prior medical history of diabetes or urinary obstruction who presented with uncontrolled hyperglycaemia for the first time associated with emphysematous pyelonephritis. Further, the imaging differences between emphysematous pyelonephritis (EPN) and emphysematous pyelitis (EP) has been discussed along with the approach and their management. PMID:26676155

  12. A Rare Case of Pneumoureter: Emphysematous Pyelitis versus Emphysematous Pyelonephritis.

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    Hiremath, Rudresh; Mahesh; Padala, Krishna Prasanthi; Swamy, Kumar; Pailoor, Aruna

    2015-11-01

    Emphysematous pyelitis is a rare benign entity which is defined as isolated gas production in the pelvicalyceal system, ureters or in the urinary bladder as a consequence of acute bacterial renal infection. In this case report we present a case with no prior medical history of diabetes or urinary obstruction who presented with uncontrolled hyperglycaemia for the first time associated with emphysematous pyelonephritis. Further, the imaging differences between emphysematous pyelonephritis (EPN) and emphysematous pyelitis (EP) has been discussed along with the approach and their management. PMID:26676155

  13. Management of a Case of Severe Pelvic Fracture Related Bladder Trauma

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    Myers, Jeremy B.; Hotaling, James M.; Brant, William O.; Enniss, Toby M.

    2015-01-01

    A 62-year-old male was admitted after being struck by a bus. He sustained a severe pelvic fracture, sigmoid colon injury, and both intraperitoneal and extraperitoneal bladder injury. He underwent initial successful bladder repair. However, at 7 days post-operatively he manifested a leak from the repair and urine was evident coming from the pins of his pelvic external fixator. A repeat cystogram showed massive extravasation, which was managed by operative ligation of the lower ureters and placement of percutaneous nephrostomy tubes. He underwent ureteral reconstruction and colostomy reversal at 9 months. He has both bladder and bowel control. PMID:26793492

  14. The clinical significance of dilatation of the collecting system in the transplanted kidney.

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    Balchunas, W R; Hill, M C; Isikoff, M B; Morillo, G

    1982-01-01

    The significance of dilatation of the collecting system of the transplanted kidney and its relationship to bladder distention was reviewed in 39 renal recipients examined by sonography (94 studies). The degree of pelvicaliceal (PCS), ureteral, and bladder distention was graded and correlated with the 24-h urine output, nuclear renal scan, and clinical follow-up. marked PCS distention can indicate obstruction (33%), especially when there is no associated bladder distention (60%) and a fluid collection lies along the path of the ureter. The 24-hr urine output did not influence the degree of PCS distention. PMID:6804526

  15. The characterisation of mammalian tissue with 2D relaxation methods.

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    Warner, Joshua; Donell, Simon; Wright, Kevin; Venturi, Luca; Hills, Brian

    2010-09-01

    The potential of two-dimensional (2D) relaxometry for characterising mammalian tissue is explored on samples of liver, kidney (cortex, medulla and ureter) as well as cartilage. Significant differences are found between the T(1)-T(2) spectra of healthy and diseased human cartilage which suggests that 2D relaxometry could have potential use in clinical diagnosis. The effect of reducing the recovery delay on the T(1)-T(2) spectrum is explored to try to identify the optimum balance between speed and accuracy. PMID:20691926

  16. The clinical efficacy of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy in pediatric urolithiasis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Lu, Pei; Wang, Zijie; Song, Rijin; Wang, Xiaolan; Qi, Kai; Dai, Qiying; Zhang, Wei; Gu, Min

    2015-06-01

    The aim was to investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) in pediatric urolithiasis. A comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis were performed. PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane central register of controlled trials (CENTRAL) were searched, and the stone-free rates (SFRs) of various stone sizes and stone positions were extracted from the eligible articles. The quality of the original articles was assessed according to the McHarm Scale. The risk ratios (RRs) and 95% confidential intervals (CIs) were pooled, and the sensitive analysis was performed to evaluate the heterogeneity among all eligible studies. In total, 14 studies with 1842 patients were identified. The pooled RR for the SFR of stones less than 10 mm and greater than 10 mm was 1.14 (95% CI: 1.07, 1.21, P < 0.001); the RR for the SFR of stones in the renal pole calix (PC) and the renal pelvis was 0.95 (95% CI: 0.893, 1.009, P < 0.01); the RR for the SFR of stones in the upper/middle PC and the lower PC was 1.07 (95% CI: 0.997, 1.156, P < 0.061); and the RR for the SFR of stones in the proximal ureter and middle/distal ureter was 1.077 (95% CI: 1.005, 1.154, P = 0.036). Heterogeneity was low in all the analyses. Major complications in ESWL of pediatric urolithiasis were steinstrasse and abdominal colic, the incidences of which were 6.00 and 6.29 %, respectively. The SFR of stones <10 mm was significantly higher than stones >10 mm, and the SFR of stones located in proximal ureter was statistically greater than stones in middle or distal ureter in pediatric urolithiasis, leaving no significant between stones in renal PC and renal pelvis, or between upper/middle PC and lower PC. The use of ESWL in children is highly efficient, with negligible complications; ESWL therapy could be considered the first-line treatment for pediatric urolithiasis. PMID:25721456

  17. Imaging diagnosis-aortic aneurysm and ureteral obstruction secondary to umbilical artery abscessation in a 5-week-old foal.

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    Nogradi, Nora; Magdesian, K Gary; Whitcomb, Mary Beth; Church, Molly; Spriet, Mathieu

    2013-01-01

    A 5-week-old foal was evaluated for fever and hematuria of 3 days duration. Cystoscopy localized the blood to be originating from the left ureter. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed left hydronephrosis, hydroureter, and omphaloarteritis of the left umbilical artery with abscess formation that communicated with an arterial structure. Computed tomography (CT) revealed a large aortic aneurysm within the center of the abscess. An exploratory celiotomy was performed and the infection was nonresectable. The prognosis for life was grave; therefore the colt was euthanized. Necropsy findings confirmed the antemortem diagnosis. Ultrasound and CT imaging in this case provided an accurate antemortem diagnosis. PMID:23496157

  18. Collection of untainted urinary specimens from the bladder of an anesthetized rabbit.

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    Walsh, Patrick A; O'Donovan, Daniel J

    2016-02-17

    It is difficult to collect untainted urine specimens over short intervals of time during renal studies with rabbits. This is because both the ureters and the bladder of this species are relatively friable and minor manipulation can easily cause intraluminal bleeding. We have developed and refined an effective technique and protocol for placing an indwelling urinary bladder catheter into an anesthetized rabbit. The procedure is easy to perform and completely effective and reliable, allowing high-quality urinary specimens to be collected at intervals of 15-20 min over a period of 3-4 hours during a study of acute metabolic acidosis. PMID:26886657

  19. Unusual appearance for urinary bladder obstruction detected with 99mTc-MDP bone scintigraphy.

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    Wright, Chadwick L; Sharma, Akash

    2015-12-01

    Unanticipated but clinically significant nonosseous findings can be detected during routine bone scintigraphy. We present a case of an 83-year-old man who presented with a pathologic fracture of the right femur. Whole-body bone scintigraphy for osseous staging revealed intense radiotracer accumulation in the kidneys and ureters but no activity within the urinary bladder. The patient had not voided for 14 hours. A Foley catheter was inserted, and more than 2000 mL of urine was drained, most consistent with urinary bladder obstruction. Subsequent repeat images demonstrated marked reduction of the renal and ureteral activity with trace activity in the urinary bladder. PMID:26544902

  20. A case report of laparoscopic ipsilateral ureteroureterostomy in children with renal duplex

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    Wong, Yuen Shan; Tam, Yuk Him; Pang, Kristine Kit Yi

    2016-01-01

    We report on two children aged 2 and 6 years, who underwent laparoscopic ipsilateral ureteroureterostomy for their renal duplex anomalies. Both patients had complete duplex and were investigated by ultrasound, micturating cystourethrogram, magnetic resonance urography, and radioisotope scan. One patient had high-grade vesicoureteral reflux to lower moiety complicated with recurrent urinary tract infections, while the other had obstruction to upper moiety due to ectopic ureter. The pathological moieties of both patients were functional. Both patients underwent laparoscopic ipsilateral ureteroureterostomy uneventfully without any intraoperative complications. Postoperative imagings confirmed successful outcomes after surgery. PMID:27014651

  1. PET/CT appearance of acute pyelonephritis.

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    McCammack, Kevin C; Hawkes, Nathan C; Silverman, Eugene D; Paz, David A

    2013-07-01

    An 18-year-old male patient with a history of Ewing sarcoma originally involving the right ilium was evaluated with an FDG PET/CT scan to evaluate the effect of salvage therapy after standard treatment failed and disease progressed to involve the right T12 pedicle. Autologous stem cell transplantation and cyberknife therapy resulted in mixed tumor response, with incidental note made of prominent areas of cortical FDG avidity in the right kidney. These regions demonstrated focal hypoenhancement on the corresponding diagnostic contrast-enhanced CT, which additionally demonstrated peripheral enhancement spanning the length of the right ureter. Clinical workup produced a diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis. PMID:23531731

  2. Fornix Rupture in Duplex Kidney due to Internal Iliac Artery Aneurysm

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    Mahawong, Phitsanu; Srisuwan, Tanop; Rerkasem, Kittipan

    2016-01-01

    A 70-year-old man presented with severe pain on the right side of the abdomen for 7 days. An abdominal CT angiographic scan showed an impending rupture of a large right internal iliac artery aneurysm which compressed to a right ureter causing hydroureteronephrosis. Fornix rupture of a right duplex kidney was also detected. Selective embolization of right gluteal arteries and then ligation of the right internal iliac artery and right ureterotomy with double J stenting were performed. At the 4-month follow-up appointment, an abdominal ultrasound demonstrated a decrease in the size of the aneurysm and no hydroureteronephrosis after the removal of double J stent. PMID:26989554

  3. Cross ectopic multicystic dysplastic kidney with ureterocele in nonectopic site.

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    Narcı, Adnan; Korkmaz, Mevlit; Karakuş, Muhittin; Sen, Tolga Altuğ; Surer, Ilhamı; Cetinkurşun, Salih

    2010-06-01

    Crossed renal ectopy (CRE) is the second most common fusion anomaly of the kidney, with an incidence of 1 in 7000 autopsies; it comes in second after horseshoe kidney. Crossed renal ectopy is associated with an ectopic ureter and generally an ectopic kidney fused with a normal kidney. A 7-month-old boy who had left-to-right crossed non-fused renal ectopy and multicystic renal dysplasia with ureterocele in nonectopic kidney was reported in English language literature. In this article, we present the first case of CRE where surgical intervention has been performed. PMID:23293688

  4. Retrograde ejaculation following open ureteric reimplantation: a case report

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    2009-01-01

    Introduction Retrograde ejaculation is not a recognized complication of ureteric reimplantation surgery. We describe this unusual complication in a 25-year-old man, with no other cause for his ejaculatory dysfunction. Case presentation A 25-year-old Caucasian man presented with left hydronephrosis ascribed to a megaureter. Following open reimplantation of the ureter, the patient developed retrograde ejaculation that did not respond to medical therapy. Conclusion The key result reported here is that retrograde ejaculation is a possible complication of open pelvic surgery, for which patients should receive counselling. This is relevant for both urologists and general physicians who consult relatively young men with ejaculatory difficulties. PMID:19918274

  5. Eccrine Porocarcinoma Presenting with Unusual Clinical Manifestations: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Choi, Chang-Min; Cho, Hee-Ryung; Lew, Bark-Lynn

    2011-01-01

    Eccrine porocarcinoma is a rare neoplasm that originates from the intraepidermal ductal portion of the eccrine sweat gland, and it usually occurs on the pre-existing lesion of benign eccine poroma. Its occurrence is more common in females and elderly persons. We present a case of a 44-year-old man who suffered from eccrine porocarcinoma, which developed on the right scrotum and pelvic area with metastases to the lung, adrenal gland, esophagus, ureter, and distant lymph nodes. Here we report on a unique case of eccrine porocarcinoma that developed primarily on the scrotum, which is an uncommon site, and showed rapid metastasis to the internal organs. PMID:22028580

  6. [Infiltrating tubo-ovarian abscess in IUD-associated actinomycosis].

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    Franz, H B; Strohmaier, W L; Geppert, M; Wechsel, H

    1992-08-01

    We report on a case of a 55-year old patient with a great adnexal tumour (10 x 5 x 8 cm), on the left side with infiltration of the bladder and the pelvis with recurring urinary retention in the kidney. Histological examination revealed an intrauterine device-associated actinomycosis. Following a 6-month high dose penicillin therapy, the abdominal hysterectomy with adnexectomy and partial resection of the bladder with new implantation of the ureter (Boari) was performed. The postoperative period was uneventful, the urogram normal. PMID:1397947

  7. [Computer modeling in surgical treatment of rectum cancer].

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    Glishkov, N I; Mucukaev, Kh M; Pavelets, K V; Lebedev, A K; Chernykh, D A

    2011-01-01

    154 patients with rectal cancer were divided into the main group and the control group. All of them were investigated using endorectal and intraoperative sonography, spiral computer tomography and magnetic resonance tomography. Basing on the data of radial diagnostics pelvis model with tumour projection into rectum, bladder, ureters, prostate, uterus and vagina was recieved in all patients from the main group using Power SHAPE programm. Application of modern radial techniques and 3D modeling in diagnostics of rectal cancer contributes to adequate extent of surgical treatment adjacent with increased amount of radical operations (from 50% to 81,5%) and improvement of prognosis and survival rate in postoperative period. PMID:22408802

  8. Immortalisation of human urothelial cells.

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    Petzoldt, J L; Leigh, I M; Duffy, P G; Sexton, C; Masters, J R

    1995-01-01

    A cell line derived from the urothelium lining the ureter of a 12-year-old girl was immortalised using a temperature-sensitive SV40 large T-antigen gene construct, and designated UROtsa. Following immortalisation, UROtsa cells expressed SV40 large T-antigen, but did not acquire characteristics of neoplastic transformation, including growth in soft agar or the development of tumours in nude mice. Metaphase spreads had a normal chromosomal appearance and number. UROtsa cells remained permissive for cell growth at 39 degrees C, indicating that they did not retain temperature sensitivity. UROtsa provides an in vitro model of "normal" urothelium. PMID:8788275

  9. Adenocarcinoma of the Ileal Conduit in a Patient Born With Classic Bladder Exstrophy

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    Ko, Joan S.; Di Carlo, Heather N.; Gupta, Angela D.; Ross, Ashley E.; Eckhauser, Frederic E.; Bivalacqua, Trinity J.

    2013-01-01

    Bladder exstrophy is a rare birth defect that typically requires patients to undergo multiple surgical procedures throughout the course of their childhood. Many ultimately undergo operations that use segments of bowel for the reconstruction and/or augmentation of the urinary tract, which imparts an increased risk of malignancy in these patients. We present the case of a 59-year-old man with a history of bladder exstrophy managed with ureterosigmoidostomies revised to an ileal conduit who developed a large adenocarcinoma in the ileal conduit that extended into small bowel, sigmoid colon, and ureter.

  10. Single ectopic ureteral orifice with bilateral duplicated renal collecting systems in an adult girl: Diagnosis by magnetic resonance urography

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    Tang, Min; Wang, Quanrongzi; Liu, Bianjiang; Li, Jie; Lu, Qiang; Song, Ninghong; Wang, Zengjun; Zhang, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Renal duplication accompanied by ureteral ectopia is an uncommon urinary congenital abnormality. We report the case of a 21-year-old girl who suffered from lifelong continuous urinary leakage. She was finally diagnosed with bilateral duplicated collecting systems complicated with right ectopic ureteral orifice – an extremely rare case. The patient underwent ureteric re-implantation for the ectopic side, and her urinary incontinence ceased soon thereafter. In this case, traditional imaging failed to show the exact insertion of an ectopic ureter. However, magnetic resonance urography combined with retrograde intubation radiography successfully depicted the point of ureteric insertion, which may make the diagnostic process accurate and efficient. PMID:26609333

  11. Image-guided surgery using near-infrared fluorescent light: from bench to bedside

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    Boogerd, Leonora S. F.; Handgraaf, Henricus J. M.; van de Velde, Cornelis J. H.; Vahrmeijer, Alexander L.

    2015-03-01

    Due to its relatively high tissue penetration, near-infrared (NIR; 700-900 nm) fluorescent light has the potential to visualize structures that need to be resected (e.g. tumors, lymph nodes) and structures that need to be spared (e.g. nerves, ureters, bile ducts). Until now, most clinical trials have focused on suboptimal, non-targeted dyes. Although successful, a new era in image-guided surgery has begun by the introduction of tumor-targeted agents. In this paper, we will describe how tumor-targeted NIR fluorescent imaging can be applied in a clinical setting.

  12. Primary extra-renal clear cell renal cell carcinoma masquerading as an adrenal mass: A diagnostic challenge.

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    Hasan, Roumina; Kumar, Sandeep; Monappa, Vidya; Ayachit, Anurag

    2015-01-01

    We present the first case of a nonmetastasizing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) masquerading as an adrenal mass, in the presence of normal bilateral native kidneys, in a young adult. The possibility of this mass developing in a supernumerary kidney was ruled out, since no identifiable renal tissue, pelvis or ureters was seen within the mass, nor was any separate systemic arterial supply to the mass seen. The diagnosis of extra-renal clear cell RCC was based on cyto-morphological features, further confirmed by immunohistochemistry findings. The origin of this extra-renal clear cell renal cell is proposed to be from the mesodermal embryonic rests. PMID:26692677

  13. Primary extra-renal clear cell renal cell carcinoma masquerading as an adrenal mass: A diagnostic challenge

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    Hasan, Roumina; Kumar, Sandeep; Monappa, Vidya; Ayachit, Anurag

    2015-01-01

    We present the first case of a nonmetastasizing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) masquerading as an adrenal mass, in the presence of normal bilateral native kidneys, in a young adult. The possibility of this mass developing in a supernumerary kidney was ruled out, since no identifiable renal tissue, pelvis or ureters was seen within the mass, nor was any separate systemic arterial supply to the mass seen. The diagnosis of extra-renal clear cell RCC was based on cyto-morphological features, further confirmed by immunohistochemistry findings. The origin of this extra-renal clear cell renal cell is proposed to be from the mesodermal embryonic rests. PMID:26692677

  14. A case report of laparoscopic ipsilateral ureteroureterostomy in children with renal duplex.

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    Wong, Yuen Shan; Tam, Yuk Him; Pang, Kristine Kit Yi

    2016-01-01

    We report on two children aged 2 and 6 years, who underwent laparoscopic ipsilateral ureteroureterostomy for their renal duplex anomalies. Both patients had complete duplex and were investigated by ultrasound, micturating cystourethrogram, magnetic resonance urography, and radioisotope scan. One patient had high-grade vesicoureteral reflux to lower moiety complicated with recurrent urinary tract infections, while the other had obstruction to upper moiety due to ectopic ureter. The pathological moieties of both patients were functional. Both patients underwent laparoscopic ipsilateral ureteroureterostomy uneventfully without any intraoperative complications. Postoperative imagings confirmed successful outcomes after surgery. PMID:27014651

  15. Pancreatitis leading to retroperitoneal fibrosis and ureteric obstruction.

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    Tan, H M; Khoo, J; Pang, K P

    2003-06-01

    Two patients who had acute pancreatitis subsequently developed characteristic appearance on urography of smooth extrinsic narrowing and medial deviation of the right ureter suggestive of retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) resulting in ureteric obstruction. Both these patients had clinical, biochemical and sonographic evidence of acute pancreatitis. CT scan of the abdomen performed on the second patient also documented acute pancreatitis. Intravenous urograms were consistent with ureteric obstruction due to retroperitoneal fibrosis. Both cases were treated conservatively. They were well after an average of 20 months. These 2 cases illustrate the uncommon association between pancreatitis and RPF. PMID:14569752

  16. Ovarian Dermoid Cyst Causing Distal Ureteral Obstruction

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    Aiken, WD; Mayhew, RG; Mitchell, S; Stennett, M; Johnson, P

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT A case of a 45-year old woman with an ovarian dermoid cyst causing ureteric colic secondary to distal ureteral obstruction is reported. The dermoid cyst was observed on computed tomography to be adjacent to and compressing the distal left ureter and this was confirmed at surgical exploration. Following oophorectomy, the patient's symptoms completely resolved and the excised ovarian cyst was confirmed on pathological evaluation to be a dermoid cyst. This appears to be the first reported case of ureteral obstruction caused by an ovarian dermoid cyst in the English medical literature. PMID:26360692

  17. [Ureteroscopy. Experience and results].

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    Delgado, G; Alvarado, A; de Solanilla, E C

    1991-09-01

    Ureteroscopy is an Endo-urological procedure which has been practiced around the world in all teaching centers of Urology. It presents obvious advantages. Our experience has been satisfactory, not only due to the coordinated and joint work, but for the results obtained in behalf of our patients who went back to their regular activities shortly after. As all the new procedures, it has a learning curve which is given after the initial training has been acquired but its performance will give expertise, same as radiologic technology and the development of new instruments with smaller diameter and accessories which allow the easier access to ureter and lithotripsy. PMID:1767038

  18. Candida albicans Fungaemia following Traumatic Urethral Catheterisation in a Paraplegic Patient with Diabetes Mellitus and Candiduria Treated by Caspofungin

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    Vaidyanathan, Subramanian; Soni, Bakul; Hughes, Peter; Singh, Gurpreet

    2013-01-01

    A 58-year-old paraplegic male, with long-term indwelling urethral catheter, developed catheter block. The catheter was changed, but blood-stained urine was drained intermittently. A long segment of the catheter was seen lying outside his penis, which indicated that the balloon of Foley catheter had been inflated in urethra. The misplaced catheter was removed and a new catheter was inserted correctly. Gentamicin 160 mg was given intravenously; meropenem 1 gram every eight hours was prescribed; antifungals were not given. Twenty hours later, this patient developed distension of abdomen, tachycardia, and hypotension; he was not arousable. Computed tomography of abdomen revealed inflamed uroepithelium of right renal pelvis and ureter, 4 mm lower ureteric calculus with gas in right ureter proximally, and vesical calculus containing gas in its matrix. Urine and blood culture yielded Candida albicans. Identical sensitivity pattern of both isolates suggested that the source of the bloodstream infection was most likely urine. Both isolates formed consistently high levels of biofilm formation in vitro as assessed using a biofilm biomass stain, and high levels of resistance to voriconazole were observed. Both amphotericin B and caspofungin showed good activity against the biofilms. HbA1c was 111 mmol/mol. This patient was prescribed human soluble insulin and caspofungin 70 mg followed by 50 mg daily intravenously. He recovered fully from candidemia. PMID:24223316

  19. Clinical benefits of tubeless umbilical cutaneous ureterostomy

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    Numakura, Kazuyuki; Tsuchiya, Norihiko; Takahashi, Makoto; Tsuruta, Hiroshi; Akihama, Susumu; Saito, Mitsuru; Inoue, Takamitsu; Narita, Shintaro; Huang, Mingguo; Satoh, Shigeru; Habuchi, Tomonori

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: We assess a novel technique of tubeless bilateral cutaneous ureterostomy, with a single umbilical stoma, for bladder cancer patients with short ureters after cystectomy. The benefit of cutaneous ureterostomy is equal to other incontinent urinary diversions, when the tubeless procedure is successfully achieved. This simple technique makes it easy to monitor the upper urinary tract (UUT) and is beneficial to patients with a high risk of UUT recurrence. Methods: This old and new surgical technique was used to perform total cystectomy and urinary diversion on three patients with bladder cancer at a high risk of UUT recurrence. Results: Two men and one woman (mean age: 73 years) underwent this surgery and the mean follow-up period was 8.3 years. The surgical approaches were laparotomy (n = 2) and laparoscopy (n = 1). One case developed para-stomal erosion, whereas another developed ureteral stenosis requiring catheter reinsertion. Although postoperative hydronephrosis was observed in all cases, the mean preoperative and postoperative serum creatinine levels were 0.70 and 0.76, respectively. UUT recurrence was not observed during the follow-up period. Conclusion: This tubeless umbilical cutaneous ureterostomy procedure greatly improves the outcome of urinary diversion for cancer patients with short ureters at a high risk of UUT recurrence. The benefits are equivalent to other urinary diversions when the tubeless procedure is successfully achieved. PMID:26225182

  20. Fistula formation between the external iliac artery and ileal conduit following a radical cystoprostatectomy: a rare complication with prewarning signs of haemorrhage.

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    Sukha, Anisha; Smyth, Niamh

    2015-01-01

    A 76-year-old man was admitted with bleeding per-urostomy following a collapse at home. Three weeks prior to the admission, he had undergone a radical cystoprostatectomy and formation of ileal-conduit for an extensive bladder carcinoma. A CT angiogram revealed a possible small source of bleeding within the ileal-conduit itself, which settled with conservative management. However, prior to discharge he developed profuse fresh bleeding from the urostomy, which could not be controlled. The patient underwent an emergency endoscopy of the conduit and laparotomy, which revealed a fistula between the right external iliac artery and the proximal end of the ileal-conduit. The right iliac artery was ligated and an emergency left-to-right femoral-femoral crossover bypass was performed. The right ureter was stented and rediverted through the ileal-conduit and the left ureter was stented at a later date. He unfortunately had a stormy postoperative recovery with further episodes of per-urostomy bleeding and no identified source. PMID:25819824

  1. Gentics of urogenital abnormalities in ACI inbread rats.

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    Cramer, D V; Gill, T J

    1975-08-01

    The frequency of urogenital abnormalities in adult ACI rats was 18.8%. These abnormalities consisted of a spectrum of defects ranging from focal aplasia of the ureter to the complete absence of the ureter, kidney, and tubular genital tract on the affected side. When ACI rats with normal urogenital tracts tracts were crossed with F344 rats the frequency of the defects decreased to a constant level in the F1, F2, and F3 generations. There was no clearly significant decrease in the frequency of the defects in the backcross offspring of (ACI times F344)F1 times ACI matings, but there was a significant and dramatic decrease in the backcross to F344 rats. Attempts to select against these defects by brother-sister matings among normal ACI rats were not successful: 5 generations of inbreeding did not alter the frequency of the urogenital abnormalities. The frequency of the abnormalities was the same in the offspring of affected parents as in the offspring of normal parents, indicating homozygosity of the factors responsible for the defects. The results suggest that the transmission of these defects is polygenic. PMID:1162622

  2. Radiological findings and the clinical importance of megacalycosis

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    Kalaitzis, Christos; Patris, Emmanuel; Deligeorgiou, Evangelia; Sountoulides, Petros; Bantis, Athanasios; Giannakopoulos, Stilianos; Touloupidis, Stavros

    2015-01-01

    Objective To describe the radiological findings and the clinical importance of megacalycosis. Materials and methods On the basis of a case report and literature review, diagnostic criteria and clinical significance of megacalycosis are presented. Result Megacalycosis is mostly asymptomatic and is usually discovered either accidentally or as a result of its complications, such as stone formation, flank pain, hematuria, infection, and fever. The renal pelvis, infundibulum, and ureter are not dilated. Calyces have a semilunar configuration rather than the conventional triangular or conical form. The tip of each pyramid is flat, and the calyces possess neither fornix nor papillae impressions. The number of calyces is increased compared to the healthy condition, typically from 20–25. The renal parenchyma has a normal width but with a slight narrowing of the renal medulla. The kidney exhibits normal function, in particular with respect to its ability to concentrate the urine. Conclusion Megacalycosis is a rare, usually unilateral dilatation of the kidney calyces in the presence of a normal, undilated renal pelvis and ureter. Its pathological significance lies in the occurrence of complications. PMID:26528455

  3. Modified laparoscopic intravesical nonrefluxing ureteral reimplantation with psoas hitch using a submucosal tunneling.

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    Kim, Chang-Hee; Ro, Joo Hwan; Jung, Han

    2014-12-01

    We aimed to study the safety and efficacy of the cystoscopy-assisted nonrefluxing ureteral reimplantation technique using submucosal tunneling during laparoscopic ureteroneocystostomy (UNC) with a psoas hitch in patients with distal ureter stricture after gynecologic surgery. We reviewed six female patients who underwent gynecological surgeries. All patients showed persistent postoperative distal ureter stricture or obstruction. These patients underwent laparoscopic nonrefluxing UNC with a psoas hitch using a submucosal tunneling technique combined with cystoscopy at our institute. They had corrective surgery at an average of 13.3 weeks after ureteral injury. The short-term success was confirmed either by voiding cystourethrography (VCU) or by diuretic isotope renal scan (MAG-3) conducted 3 months after the operation. None of the patients showed evidence of postoperative stricture at the reimplanted site and reflux on either MAG-3 renal scan or VCU. None of the patients showed major or minor complications during follow-up. It is safe and feasible to perform the laparoscopic nonrefluxing UNC with a psoas hitch using a submucosal tunneling technique combined with cystoscopy for ureteral stricture. PMID:25610823

  4. Biological consequences of fiber fragmentation with pulsed laser lithotripsy

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    Bruhn, Erich W.; Go, Peter M. N. Y. H.; McClane, Robert W.; Hunter, John G.; Straight, Richard C.

    1990-06-01

    Fiber tip breakage during urinary and biliary laser lithotripsy has been recognized to occur with several laser types. This phenomenon has also been seen with Q-switched Nd:YAG laser lithotripsy. Our aim was to determine the biological consequences of this event in the canine ureter and bile duct. In an excised tissue preparation, urinary and biliary stones were impacted in a canine ureter and common bile duct. Three and four hundred micron quartz laser fibers were placed in direct contact with the stone. Normal saline coaxial irrigation was initiated at 75 xal/min. A Q-switched Nd:YAG laser was activated at repetition rates from 1O-30 Hz. and pulse energies from 10-30 mJ. The tissue was sectioned and microscopic examination of the fragmentation site was performed. Histological exam revealed the persistence of large numbers of fiber fragments in the lumen and imnbedded in the epithelium at the lithotripsy site. Fragments varied greatly in size and appeared to have angular, sharp edges We conclude that irrigation can not be relied upon to remove the fiber fragments from the lithotripsy sites and that the biological consequences of fiber fragmentation may be greater than previously believed. Glass fragments "blown" into the epitheliumu will often result in glass granulomas, which may eventually cause obstruction of closed lumninal structures. This raises serious concern for the presence of any fiber breakage during laser lithotripsy.

  5. Carcinoid tumor associated with adjacent dysplastic columnar epithelium in the renal pelvis: A case report and literature review.

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    Kim, Sung Sun; Choi, Chan; Kang, Taek Won; Choi, Yoo Duk

    2016-01-01

    Carcinoid tumors are well documented in the pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems, but very rare in the urinary tract, especially in the renal pelvis. We report on a 60-year-old female patient who presented with left flank pain and fever. Abdominal computed tomography demonstrated a heterogeneously enhancing mass in the left renal pelvis and a stone at the left proximal ureter. Multiple parenchymal lesions were also observed, which were identified as uneven caliectasis displaying air-fluid levels and renal parenchymal atrophy. The patient underwent simple nephro-ureterectomy. Macroscopically, a polypoid mass was observed in the renal pelvis. Microscopically, the tumor revealed acinar, tubular, and solid pattern and was composed of small, monotonous and hyperchromatic cells. Lining epithelia in renal pelvis and ureter revealed columnar epithelia with dysplastic change. The tumor cells were positive for chromogranin A, synaptophysin, CD56, and focally positive for cytokeratin. Immunohistochemical staining of synaptophysin and chromogranin A highlighted the neuroendocrine cells in the columnar epithelium. Ki-67 (1:50; MIB-1) labeling index was less than 1% in the area with highest uptake. We report here a case of carcinoid tumor of the renal pelvis that was associated with adjacent dysplastic columnar epithelium. PMID:26644387

  6. Renal excretory sectors.

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    Burykh, M P

    2002-01-01

    One thousand and ninety-four normal human kidneys and 18 abnormal (with duplication of the ureter) were studied by the corrosion method and pyelography followed by topometric and mathematics analyses. It was found that the renal pelvis is a calicopelvic complex built up of renal calices, urine ducts and renal pelvis. Before opening into the renal pelvis, renal calices join together forming urine ducts (superior and inferior; or superior, middle and inferior; or superior, middle anterior, middle posterior and inferior) which transport urine to the container, the renal pelvis. It can be seen that groups of renal calices with pyramids and their surrounding cortical substance form the renal excretory sectors of the kidneys where the processes of uropoiesis and transportation of urine through elements of the nephron and calicopelvic complex take place. These are two (superior and inferior), three (superior, middle and inferior) or four (superior, middle anterior, middle posterior and inferior) renal excretory sectors. The existence of renal excretory sectors is proved by congenital anomalies of the calicopelvic complex such as duplication of the ureter, where urine ducts of the superior and inferior renal excretory sectors do not form a renal pelvis but run separately to the urinary bladder. On the basis of anatomical data obtained, renal excretory sectors may be distinguished, analogous to bronchopulmonary segments in lungs. These data about renal excretory sectors will contribute to further improvement in the operative technique of renal partial resections as well as to anatomical nomenclature. PMID:12375073

  7. [Case report: percutaneous nephrostomy and instrumental extraction of a blocking renal claculus under local anesthesia (author's transl)].

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    Thüroff, J W; Hutschenreiter, G

    1980-01-01

    Percutaneous nephrostomy under ultrasonic guidance is a reliable method for suprapublic urinary diversion with a low complication rate. Indications are acute or chronic obstruction of the upper urinary tract from the intravesical ureter to the neck of renal calyx. Etiology of the obstruction may be a renal or ureteral calculus, an intrinsic or extrinsic (radiogenic, inflammatory, tumorous) stenosis of the ureter or a functional ureteral obstruction (megaureter, reflux). In the reported case of an ultrasonically guided percutaneous nephrostomy, the indication for urinary diversion was blocking renal calculus with urosepsis. Any operative procedure was contraindicated because of several internal disease. With sufficient urinary drainage, fever subsided and gradual dilatation of the nephrostomy channel with instrumental extraction of the calculus could be performed under local anesthesia. Percutaneous nephrostomy is recommended for urinary diversion in cases of blocking renal calculi with infection if an operation cannot be performed. This approach bears the option of a later cure by intrumental extraction, litholypaxy or chemical dissolution of the stone. PMID:7423682

  8. Characterization of nanostructured ureteral stent with gradient degradation in a porcine model

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    Wang, Xiaoqing; Shan, Hongli; Wang, Jixue; Hou, Yuchuan; Ding, Jianxun; Chen, Qihui; Guan, Jingjing; Wang, Chunxi; Chen, Xuesi

    2015-01-01

    A tubular poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) ureteral stent composed of nanofibers with micropores was fabricated by double-needle electrospinning. The stent was ureteroscopically inserted into six Changbai pigs, and the commercial polyurethane Shagong® stent was inserted into four pigs as control. Intravenous pyelography revealed that the PCL/PLGA stent gradually degraded from the distal end to proximal terminal, and all stents were completely degraded at 10 weeks post-insertion. No significant difference was observed in hydronephrosis severity between the two groups. The levels of serum creatinine and urine pH remained similar throughout the study in the two groups, but the number of white blood cells in the urine was significantly higher in the Shagong® stent group. On Day 70, histological evaluation indicated equivalent histological severity scores in the middle and distal ureter sections and bladder in the two groups. However, the PCL/PLGA stent-implanted pigs had significantly lower mean severity scores in the kidney and proximal ureter sites. These data revealed that the PCL/PLGA stent degraded in a controlled manner, did not induce obstruction, and had a lower urothelial impact in comparison to the Shagong® stent, indicating that the stent exhibited great potential for clinical application. PMID:25945051

  9. Escherichia coli–Mediated Impairment of Ureteric Contractility Is Uropathogenic E. coli Specific

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    Floyd, Rachel V.; Upton, Mathew; Hultgren, Scott J.; Wray, Susan; Burdyga, Theodor V.; Winstanley, Craig

    2012-01-01

    Background. Ureters are fundamental for keeping kidneys free from uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC), but we have shown that 2 strains (J96 and 536) can subvert this role and reduce ureteric contractility. To determine whether this is (1) a widespread feature of UPEC, (2) exhibited only by UPEC, and (3) dependent upon type 1 fimbriae, we analyzed strains representing epidemiologically important multilocus sequence types ST131, ST73, and ST95 and non-UPEC E. coli. Methods. Contractility and calcium transients in intact rat ureters were compared between strains. Mannose and fim mutants were used to investigate the role of type 1 fimbriae. Results. Non-UPEC had no significant effect on contractility, with a mean decrease after 8 hours of 8.8%, compared with 8.8% in controls. UPEC effects on contractility were strain specific, with decreases from 9.47% to 96.7%. Mannose inhibited the effects of the most potent strains (CFT073 and UTI89) but had variable effects among other UPEC strains. Mutation and complementation studies showed that the effects of the UTI89 cystitis isolate were fimH dependent. Conclusions. We find that (1) non-UPEC do not affect ureteric contractility, (2) impairment of contractility is a common feature of UPEC, and (3) the mechanism varies between strains, but for the most potent UPEC type 1 fimbriae are involved. PMID:23002447

  10. Ontogeny and osmoregulatory function of the urinary system in the Persian sturgeon, Acipenser persicus (Borodin, 1897).

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    Abadi, Z Taghizadeh Rahmat; Khodabandeh, S; Charmantier, G; Charmantier-Daures, M; Lignot, J H

    2014-10-01

    The structure of the kidney and the localization of Na(+), K(+)-ATPase (NKA) immunopositive cells were examined throughout the postembryonic development of the Persian sturgeon, Acipenser persicus, from newly hatched prelarvae (10mm) to 20 days post hatch (20 DPH) larvae (31mm). Investigations were conducted through histology and immunohistochemistry by using the light and immunofluorescence microscopy. The pronephros was observed in newly hatched prelarvae. The cells lining the distal pronephric tubules and their collecting ducts showed laterally expressed NKA immunofluorescence that later extended throughout the whole cytoplasm. Mesonephrogenous placodes and pre-glomeruli were distinguished at 2 DPH along the collecting ducts posteriorly. Their tubules were formed and present in kidney mesenchyma, differentiated into neck, proximal, distal and collecting segments at 7 DPH when NKA immunopositive cells were observed. Their distal and collecting tubules showed an increasing immunofluorescence throughout their cytoplasm while the glomeruli remained unstained. From D 9 to D 17, the epithelial layer of pronephric collecting duct changed along the mesonephros to form ureters. Ureters, possessing isolated strong NKA immunopositive cells, appeared as two sac-like structures hanging under the trunk kidney. Since NKA immunopositive cells were not observed on the tegument or along the digestive tract of newly hatched prelarva, and also the gills are not formed yet, the pronephros is the only osmoregulatory organ until 4 DPH. At the larval stage, the pronephros and mesonephros are functional osmoregulatory organs and actively reabsorb necessary ions from the filtrate. PMID:25024093

  11. Retrograde Positive Contrast Urethrocystography of the Fish Urogenital System

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    Pugliese, Michela; Pietro, Simona Di; Zaccone, Daniele; Giorgianni, Pietro; Bonfiglio, Rossella

    2014-01-01

    The radiological differences between the urinary tract of  Dicentrarchus labrax, Sparus aurata, Tinca tinca, and Cyprinus carpio are shown. In fresh water teleosts the urinary bladder is sigmoid and a short urethra leads to the urinary pore. Genital and anal pores are present. In Sparus aurata the urinary bladder has a globoid shape. In Dicentrarchus labrax the urinary bladder is smaller and elongate. In both marine teleosts a single urogenital pore is visible. Positive contrast was used to survey the urogenital system and evaluate shape and size of the bladder, urethra, ureter, and gonadal ducts. Results demonstrate the morphological variability of the urinary bladder and the craniodorsal entry of the ureters into the bladder. It is envisaged that this work will provide baseline information for further imaging studies for investigating the urogenital morphology and can be applied to identify disorders in fishes. Furthermore, the main interest of this study is that it demonstrates the morphological variability of the lower urinary system that exists between different species of fishes. PMID:25180198

  12. Upper-urinary-tract urothelial tumors: conservative treatment by Nd:YAG laser

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    Gaboardi, Franco; Bozzola, Andrea; Melodia, Tommaso; Gulfi, Gildo M.; Galli, Stefano

    1993-05-01

    Upper urinary malignancies are rare tumors whose diagnosis sometimes represents a difficult dilemma. In selected cases, it is possible to treat the tumor with laser irradiation. This approach is reserved to low-stage low-grade tumors, a tumor in a solitary kidney, bilateral syncroneous disease or patients with deterioration of renal function. Thirty one patients suspected to have malignancies, as they presented upper tract filling defects at IVP, underwent uretero-pyeloscopy to confirm the diagnosis. Twenty patients with upper urinary tract urothelial tumors were treated with Nd:YAG laser irradiation. Before the procedure, the ureter and the pelvis were accessed by 0.038 inch guide-wire or 4 French ureteral catheter. A power of 25 - 30 watts/3 seconds was carried out for the laser irradiation of the tumor and of the base. Sometime after the procedure a ureter single J catheter was left indwelling for 48 hours. In the follow-up the patients had endoscopic surveillance every three months. Actually 12 patients are tumor-free after 3 - 36 months. Eight patients had a recurrence after the first treatment and they underwent new laser irradiation. All the recurrences were in other sites of the upper urinary tract and seemed to be related to tumor grade. In conclusion, conservative endourological ureteropyeloscopy coupled with Nd:YAG laser irradiation should be considered a useful treatment in selected patients.

  13. Urine excretion strategy for stem cell-generated embryonic kidneys

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    Yokote, Shinya; Matsunari, Hitomi; Iwai, Satomi; Yamanaka, Shuichiro; Uchikura, Ayuko; Fujimoto, Eisuke; Matsumoto, Kei; Nagashima, Hiroshi; Kobayashi, Eiji; Yokoo, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    There have been several recent attempts to generate, de novo, a functional whole kidney from stem cells using the organogenic niche or blastocyst complementation methods. However, none of these attempts succeeded in constructing a urinary excretion pathway for the stem cell-generated embryonic kidney. First, we transplanted metanephroi from cloned pig fetuses into gilts; the metanephroi grew to about 3 cm and produced urine, although hydronephrosis eventually was observed because of the lack of an excretion pathway. Second, we demonstrated the construction of urine excretion pathways in rats. Rat metanephroi or metanephroi with bladders (developed from cloacas) were transplanted into host rats. Histopathologic analysis showed that tubular lumina dilation and interstitial fibrosis were reduced in kidneys developed from cloacal transplants compared with metanephroi transplantation. Then we connected the host animal’s ureter to the cloacal-developed bladder, a technique we called the “stepwise peristaltic ureter” (SWPU) system. The application of the SWPU system avoided hydronephrosis and permitted the cloacas to differentiate well, with cloacal urine being excreted persistently through the recipient ureter. Finally, we demonstrated a viable preclinical application of the SWPU system in cloned pigs. The SWPU system also inhibited hydronephrosis in the pig study. To our knowledge, this is the first report showing that the SWPU system may resolve two important problems in the generation of kidneys from stem cells: construction of a urine excretion pathway and continued growth of the newly generated kidney. PMID:26392557

  14. Nephroliths and ureteroliths: a new stone age.

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    Adams, L G

    2013-07-01

    Nephroliths may obstruct the renal pelvis or ureter, predispose to pyelonephritis, or result in compressive injury of the renal parenchyma leading to progressive chronic kidney disease. Indications for removal of nephroliths in dogs include obstruction, recurrent infection, progressive nephrolith enlargement, presence of clinical signs (renal pain), and patients with nephroliths in a solitary functional kidney. The most common indication for removal of upper tract uroliths in cats is ureteral obstruction caused by ureteroliths. Nonobstructive nephroliths in cats are not usually treated unless they move into the ureter resulting in ureteral obstruction. The treatment approach to nephroliths and ureteroliths is different for dogs versus cats. Surgical removal of nephroliths or ureteroliths by nephrotomy and ureterotomy respectively is associated with potential for complications in more than 30% of cats treated by ureterotomy; therefore, minimally invasive options should also be considered. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) treatment of nephroliths results in small "passable" stone fragments in most dogs, whereas ESWL does not work effectively in cats. Ureteral stents are effective for relief of ureteral obstruction by ureteroliths in both dogs and cats. Ureteral stents may be left in place long-term to relieve ureteral obstruction by ureteroliths. Post-operative morbidity and mortality are substantially lower for ureteral stent placement compared to open surgical ureterotomy in cats. PMID:23484823

  15. Use of invisible near infrared light fluorescence with indocyanine green and methylene blue in urology. Part 2

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    Markuszewski, Marcin; Rho, Young Soo; Matuszewski, Marcin

    2014-01-01

    Introduction In the second part of this paper, concerning the use of invisible near infrared light (NIR) fluorescence with indocyanine green (ICG) and methylene blue (MB) in urology, other possible uses of this new technique will be presented. In kidney transplantation, this concerns allograft perfusion and real time NIR–guided angiography; moreover, perfusion angiography of tissue flaps, NIRF visualization of ureters, NIR–guided visualization of urinary calcifications, NIRF in male infertility and semen quality assessment. In this part, we have also analysed cancer targeting and imaging fluorophores as well as cost benefits associated with the use of these new techniques. Material and methods PubMed and Medline databases were searched for ICG and MB use in urological settings, along with data published in abstracts of urological conferences. Results Although NIR–guided ICG and MB are still in their initial phases, there have been significant developments in a few more major domains of urology, including 1) kidney transplantation: kidney allograft perfusion and vessel reconstruction; 2) angiography perfusion of tissue flaps; 3) visualization of ureters; 4) visualization of urinary calcifications; and 5) NIRF in male infertility and semen quality assessment. Conclusions Near infrared technology in urology is at its early stages. More studies are needed to assess the true potential and limitations of the technology. Initial studies show that this pioneering tool may influence various aspects of urology. PMID:25247093

  16. A modified technique of LAVH with the Biswas uterovaginal elevator.

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    Lee, Eric Tat Choi; Wong, Felix Wu Shun; Lim, Chi Eung Danforn

    2009-01-01

    This was a review of 512 consecutive cases of laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) for benign gynecologic conditions with the Biswas uterovaginal elevator (BUVE) from February 2003 through June 2008. A single operator, using the BUVE and a standard surgical protocol, performed all hysterectomies. Variables analysis included patient demographics, operative times, uterine weight, hospital stay, intraoperative blood loss, and intraoperative and postoperative complications. LAVH was successfully performed for all patients. The median operative time was 62 [corrected] minutes, range 35 to 250 minutes. The median uterine weight was 231 [corrected] g (range 43-1690 g). The median estimated blood loss was 100 [corrected] mL (range 5-1600 mL). The median length of hospital stay was 1 [corrected] days (range 1-6 days). [corrected] No case sustained injury to the ureter or major vessels or required conversion. LAVH with the BUVE eliminates the need for laparotomy in performing hysterectomies for benign gynecologic disorders. The BUVE can achieve a full range of uterine manipulation. It allows safe and easy dissection of the bladder and precise colpotomy through simultaneous uterine elevation and delineation of vaginal fornices. Prevention of ureteric injury is made possible by moving the surgical field away from the ureter. The technique described can be used to handle a wide variety of diseases and situations and has been shown to be safe, fast, easy to learn, and reproducible and carries few complications. PMID:19896604

  17. Anodized 20 nm diameter nanotubular titanium for improved bladder stent applications

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    Alpaslan, Ece; Ercan, Batur; Webster, Thomas J

    2011-01-01

    Materials currently used for bladder applications often suffer from incomplete coverage by urothelial cells (cells that line the interior of the bladder and ureter) which leads to the continuous exposure of the underlying materials aggravating an immune response. In particular, a ureteral (or sometimes called an ureteric or bladder) stent is a thin tube inserted into the ureter to prevent or treat obstruction of urine flow from the kidney. The main complications with ureteral stents are infection and blockage by encrustation, which can be avoided by promoting the formation of a monolayer of urothelial cells on the surface of the stent. Nanotechnology (or the use of nanomaterials) may aid in urothelialization of bladder stents since nanomaterials have been shown to have unique surface energetics to promote the adsorption of proteins important for urothelial cell adhesion and proliferation. Since many bladder stents are composed of titanium, this study investigated the attachment and spreading of human urothelial cells on different nanotextured titanium surfaces. An inexpensive and effective scaled up anodization process was used to create equally distributed nanotubular surfaces of different diameter sizes from 20–80 nm on titanium with lengths approximately 500 nm. Results showed that compared to untreated titanium stents and 80 nm diameter nanotubular titanium, 20 nm diameter nanotubular titanium stents enhanced human urothelial cell adhesion and growth up to 3 days in culture. In this manner, this study suggests that titanium anodized to possess nanotubular surface features should be further explored for bladder stent applications. PMID:21499419

  18. Management of iatrogenic ureteral injury

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    Burks, Frank N.

    2014-01-01

    Iatrogenic injury to the ureter is a potentially devastating complication of modern surgery. The ureters are most often injured in gynecologic, colorectal, and vascular pelvic surgery. There is also potential for considerable ureteral injury during endoscopic procedures for ureteric pathology such as tumor or lithiasis. While maneuvers such as perioperative stenting have been touted as a means to avoid ureteral injury, these techniques have not been adopted universally, and the available literature does not make a case for their routine use. Distal ureteral injuries are best managed with ureteroneocystostomy with or without a vesico-psoas hitch. Mid-ureteral and proximal ureteral injuries can potentially be managed with ureteroureterostomy. If the distal segment is unsuitable for anastomosis then a number of techniques are available for repair including a Boari tubularized bladder flap, transureteroureterostomy, or renal autotransplantation. In rare cases renal autotransplantation or ureteral substitution with gastrointestinal segments may be warranted to re-establish urinary tract continuity. Laparoscopic and minimally invasive techniques have been employed to remedy iatrogenic ureteral injuries. PMID:24883109

  19. The renal medulla and mechanisms of hypertension in the spontaneously hypertensive rat.

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    Solez, K.; D'Agostini, R. J.; Buono, R. A.; Vernon, N.; Wang, A. L.; Finer, P. M.; Heptinstall, R. H.

    1976-01-01

    A significant number of offspring from brother-sister matings of NIH-Okamoto-Aoki spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) were found to be normotensive at 20 weeks of age. Over 20% of the animals that were hypertensive at this age had mild-to-moderate unilateral hydronephrosis at the time of sacrifice. In over 90% of the rats that did not develop hypertension spontaneously, ligation of one ureter raised blood pressure above 150 mm Hg within 2 weeks. In those rats made hypertensive by obstructing one ureter and in those that developed hypertension with accompanying naturally occurring hydronephrosis, subcutaneous implants of fragmented renal medulla from unrelated normal rats decreased blood pressure to normotensive levels. In contrast, medullary implants had no significant effect in rats developing hypertension spontaneously without hydronephrosis. Renal inner medullary plasma flow was low in the obstructed kidneys of hydronephrotic hypertensive SHRs but was elevated in the kidneys of nonhydronephrotic hypertensive SHRs. The hypertension in hydronephrotic SHRs appears to be related to an impairment of the antihypertensive function of the renal medulla. Such an impairment of medullary antihypertensive function does not appear to play a significant role in the hypertension in SHRs without hydronephrosis. Images Figure 1 PMID:998730

  20. Congenital midureteric stricture: challenges in diagnosis and management.

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    Hamid, Raashid; Bhat, Nisar A; Rashid, Kumar Abdul

    2015-01-01

    Background. Congenital midureteric stricture (MUS) is a rare malformation. We report our experience with five cases seen over a period of 4 years from 2010 to 2014. Materials and Methods. The study was based on the retrospective analysis of five patients diagnosed as having MUS. Diagnosis was suspected after fetal ultrasonography (USG) in one patient and magnetic resonance urography (MRU) in four patients. Retrograde pyelography (RGP) was performed on three patients. The final diagnosis was confirmed during surgical exploration in all the patients. Results. MRU was found to be a good investigation method. It showed the site of obstruction in the ureter in all instances. Intravenous urography detected proximal ureteric dilatation present in two of the patients. RGP delineates the level of stricture and the course of ureter, as shown in our cases. All patients had significant obstruction on the affected side. Four patients underwent ureteroureterostomy, all of whom had satisfactory results. In one patient, ureteric reimplantation was carried out due to distal small ureteric caliber. Conclusion. This rare entity is often misdiagnosed initially as pelviureteric junction obstruction. MRU is an excellent option for the anatomical location and functional assessment of the involved system. At the time of surgical correction of a ureteral obstruction, RGP is a useful adjunct for delineating the stricture level and morphology. PMID:25922784

  1. Congenital Midureteric Stricture: Challenges in Diagnosis and Management

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    Hamid, Raashid; Bhat, Nisar A.; Rashid, Kumar Abdul

    2015-01-01

    Background. Congenital midureteric stricture (MUS) is a rare malformation. We report our experience with five cases seen over a period of 4 years from 2010 to 2014. Materials and Methods. The study was based on the retrospective analysis of five patients diagnosed as having MUS. Diagnosis was suspected after fetal ultrasonography (USG) in one patient and magnetic resonance urography (MRU) in four patients. Retrograde pyelography (RGP) was performed on three patients. The final diagnosis was confirmed during surgical exploration in all the patients. Results. MRU was found to be a good investigation method. It showed the site of obstruction in the ureter in all instances. Intravenous urography detected proximal ureteric dilatation present in two of the patients. RGP delineates the level of stricture and the course of ureter, as shown in our cases. All patients had significant obstruction on the affected side. Four patients underwent ureteroureterostomy, all of whom had satisfactory results. In one patient, ureteric reimplantation was carried out due to distal small ureteric caliber. Conclusion. This rare entity is often misdiagnosed initially as pelviureteric junction obstruction. MRU is an excellent option for the anatomical location and functional assessment of the involved system. At the time of surgical correction of a ureteral obstruction, RGP is a useful adjunct for delineating the stricture level and morphology. PMID:25922784

  2. Middle calyx ureterocalicostomy in ectopic pelvic kidney with ureteropelvic junction obstruction: Only alternative for renal salvage

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    Kalathia, Jaisukh; Agrawal, Santosh; Chipde, Saurabh S.; Agrawal, Rajeev

    2016-01-01

    Anomalous kidneys are mostly asymptomatic and are often found incidentally during physical or radiological investigations for urological or other medical complaints. The associated genital anomalies ranges from 15% to 45%. Females are associated with bicornuate or unicornuate uterus, rudimentary or absent uterus while males have undescended testes, duplication of the urethra, and hypospadias. A 21 year old married female presented with on and off lower abdomen pain for the past one year with history of primary amenorrhea. On examination an ill defined tender lump palpated in the lower abdomen. USG showed left ectopic pelvic kidney with gross hydronephrosis. The computed tomography confirmed hydronephrotic left ectopic pelvic kidney in front of the sacrum with anteriorly directed renal pelvis with ureter located posteriorly. There was delayed excretion from the ectopic kidney but right kidney was in normal position and function. The diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA) scan showed 33% function of the ectopic kidney. On diagnostic laparoscopy, the uterus was small hypoplastic with bilateral ovaries appearing normal. The patient was taken for open pyeloplasty where the ureter was transected below PUJ but for a dependent drainage, the middle calyx as was the most dependent calyx as seen on the CT-scan. So a middle calyx ureterocalicostomy was performed calyx with excellent outcome. The ectopic kidney always remains a challenge because of complex neurovascular anatomy, presence of viscera and associated UPJO, but for a dependent drainage, middle calyx ureterocalicostomy is a feasible option with excellent outcome as was in our case.

  3. Progesterone--specific binding sites in the kidney of the female baboon

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    Weaker, F.J.; Herbert, D.C.; Sheridan, P.J.

    1984-10-01

    The uptake and retention of a radiolabeled synthetic progestin, ORG 2058, was studied in the urinary tract of the female baboon. Four estrogen-primed baboons were injected intravenously with 2.5 micrograms./kg. body weight of 3H-ORG 2058. One animal, which served as a control, received an additional injection of 2.5 mg./kg. body weight of unlabeled progesterone. One hour after the injections, the animals were killed and the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder were removed and processed for autoradiography. Localization of progestin was observed in the nuclei of the convoluted and straight segments of the distal tubule, the ascending thick limb of the loop of Henle and both cortical and medullary collecting tubules. Connective tissue cells were also labeled in the medulla and cortex of the kidney. An absence of silver grains was noted in the renal corpuscle, all segments of the proximal tubule and the thin loop of Henle. Concentration of the tritiated steroid was not observed in either the ureter or bladder or in any portions of the urinary tract of the control animal. This study suggests that progesterone has a direct effect via a progesterone specific receptor on the various target cells that sequestered the 3H-ORG 2058.

  4. Characterization of nitric oxide synthase activity in sheep urinary tract: functional implications.

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    García-Pascual, A.; Costa, G.; Labadia, A.; Persson, K.; Triguero, D.

    1996-01-01

    1. To define further the role of nitric oxide (NO) in urinary tract function, we have measured the presence of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity, and its relationship with functional NO-mediated responses to electrical field stimulation (EFS) in the urethra, the detrusor and the ureter from sheep. NOS activity was assayed by the conversion of L-[14C]-arginine to L-[14C]-citrulline. Endogenous production of citrulline was confirmed by thin layer chromatography. 2. NOS enzymatic activity was detected in the cytosolic fraction from tissue homogenates with the following regional distribution (pmol citrulline mg-1 protein min-1): urethra (33 +/- 3.3), detrusor (13.1 +/- 1.1) and ureter (1.5 +/- 0.2). No activity was detected in the particulate fraction of any region. 3. NOS activity was dependent on Ca(2+)-calmodulin and required exogenously added NADPH and tetrahydrobyoptein (BH4) for maximal activity. Exclusion of calmodulin from the incubation mixture did not modify NOS activity, but it was significantly reduced in the presence of the calmodulin antagonist, calmidazolium, suggesting the presence of enough endogenous calmodulin to sustain the observed NOS activity. 4. NOS activity was inhibited to a greater extent by NG-nitro-L-arginine (L-NOARG) and its methyl ester (L-NAME) than by NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), while 7-nitroindazole (7-NI) was a weak inhibitor and L-cannavine had no effect. 5. Citrulline formation could be inhibited by superoxide dismutase in an oxyhaemoglobin-sensitive manner, suggesting feedback inhibition of NOS by NO. 6. EFS induced prominent NO-mediated relaxations in the urethra while minor or no responses were observed in the detrusor and the ureter, respectively. Urethral relaxations to EFS were inhibited by NOS inhibitors with the rank order of potency: L-NOARG = L-NAME > 7-NI > L-NMMA. 7. In conclusion, we have demonstrated the presence of NO-synthesizing enzymatic activity in the sheep urinary tract which shows similar characteristics to the constitutive NOS isoform found in brain. We suggest that the enzymatic activity measured in the urethral muscle layer may account for the NO-mediated urethral relaxation during micturition whereas regulation of detrusor and ureteral motor function by NOS containing nerves is less likely. Images Figure 4 Figure 5 PMID:8799561

  5. RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION OF SMALL RENAL TUMORS: INTERMEDIATE RESULTS

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    HWANG, J. J.; WALTHER, M. M.; PAUTLER, S. E.; COLEMAN, J. A.; HVIZDA, J.; PETERSON, JAMES; LINEHAN, W. M.; WOOD, B. J.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose With evolving radio frequency technology, the clinical application of radio frequency ablation (RFA) has been actively investigated in the treatment for small renal tumors. We present our intermediate patient outcomes after RFA. Materials and Methods Since January 2001, 17 patients with a total of 24 hereditary renal tumors ranging from 1.2 to 2.85 cm were treated with RFA using the 200 W Cool-tip RF System (Radionics, Burlington, Massachusetts) under laparoscopic (9) or percutaneous (8) guidance and had a minimum 1-year followup. A percutaneous approach was considered unsuitable if kidney tumors were contiguous to bowel, ureter or large vessels. Treatment eligibility criteria included an average tumor diameter of less than 3.0 cm, tumor growth during 1 year and solid appearance with contrast enhancement (HU change greater than 20) on computerized tomography (CT). Postoperative followup consisted of CT with and without intravenous contrast, and renal function assessment at regular intervals. Results Median patient age was 38 years (range 20 to 51). At a median followup of 385 days (range 342 to 691), median tumor or thermal lesion diameter decreased from 2.26 to 1.62 cm (p = 0.0013), and only 1 lesion (4%), which was located centrally near the hilum, exhibited contrast enhancement (HU change greater than 10) on CT at 12 months. Of the 15 renal tumors ablated laparoscopically, 13 were in direct contact with the bowel and 2 were abutting the ureter, necessitating mobilization before RFA. Laparoscopic ultrasound was used to guide radio frequency electrode placement and monitor the ablation process in these cases. Operative time and intraoperative blood loss (mean ± standard mean of error) were 243 ± 29 minutes and 67 ± 9 cc, respectively. In 1 patient whose ureter was adherent to the tumor a ureteropelvic junction obstruction developed after laparoscopic RFA, requiring open repair. Conclusions At the minimum 1-year followup 23 of 24 ablated tumors lacked contrast uptake on CT, meeting our radiographic criteria of successful RFA treatment. RFA treatment of small renal tumors using the Radionics system appears to result in superior treatment outcomes compared to those of earlier series with lower radio frequency power generators. A high wattage generator might attain more consistent energy deposition with subsequent cell death in the targeted tissue due to less convective heat loss. PMID:15076283

  6. Sex hormones and the female urinary tract.

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    Miodrag, A; Castleden, C M; Vallance, T R

    1988-10-01

    Symptomatic clinical changes and urodynamic changes are apparent in the female urinary tract system during pregnancy, the menstrual cycle and following the menopause. The sex hormones exert physiological effects on the female urinary tract, from the ureters to the urethra, with oestrogens having an additional influence on the structures of the pelvic floor. High affinity oestrogen receptors have been identified in bladder, trigone, urethra and pubococcygeus muscle of women. Oestrogen pretreatment enhances the contractile response of animal detrusor muscle to alpha-adrenoceptor agonists, cholinomimetics and prostaglandins, as well as enhancing the contractile response to alpha-agonists in ureter and urethra. Progesterone on the other hand decreases tone in the ureter, bladder and urethra by enhancing beta-adrenergic responses. The dependence on oestrogens of the tissues of the lower urinary tract contributes to increased urinary problems in postmenopausal women. Urinary symptoms due to atrophic mucosal changes respond well to oestrogen replacement therapy. However, because they recur when treatment is stopped, continuous therapy with low dose natural oestrogens is recommended. Oestrogens may be of benefit in postmenopausal women with stress incontinence, but the doses necessary for clinical effect are higher than for the treatment of atrophic urethritis. The practice of adding a progestagen to long term oestrogen therapy to reduce the risk of endometrial carcinoma may, however, exacerbate stress incontinence by decreasing urethral pressure. Cyclical therapy with oestrogens may therefore be more appropriate particularly in women who are not suitable for surgery or have a mild degree of stress incontinence, along with other conservative measures such as pelvic floor exercises and alpha-adrenoceptor agonists. The place of oestrogen therapy in motor urge incontinence has not been determined. The risk of developing endometrial carcinoma as a result of long term high dose oestrogen replacement therapy must be borne in mind but remains to be clarified. However, oestriol has less of a uterotrophic effect compared to other oestrogens in standard therapeutic doses and is to be preferred. Side effects are usually dose related and tend not to be a problem with low dose therapy. PMID:3069438

  7. Ureteric Suture Urolithiasis Following Open Emergency Ureteric Repair

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    Sarmah, Piyush B.; Kelly, Brian D.; Devarajan, Raghuram

    2016-01-01

    Suture urolithiasis is an unusual but recognised phenomenon following surgery on the urinary tract. We report a case in a 30-year-old man who sustained a gunshot injury to the left ureter in Burundi and underwent open ureteric repair in a regional hospital. He migrated to the UK and presented one year later with left loin pain. An intravenous urogram revealed two foci of calcification to the left of L3, within a peri-ureteric position. The patient underwent left-sided ureteroscopy where two calculi each formed around a nylon suture were discovered within a ureteric pseudo-diverticulum, and basketed. This is the first reported case of suture urolithiasis occurring following ureteric surgery. PMID:26989371

  8. Intestinal type villous adenoma of the renal pelvis.

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    Hudson, Jill; Arnason, Thomas; Merrimen, Jennifer L O; Lawen, Joseph

    2013-01-01

    Intestinal type villous adenomas are uncommon in the genitourinary tract. Most reported cases have been located in the urinary bladder or urachus. Villous adenoma arising in the renal pelvis or ureter is very rare. We present a case of an 81-year-old female who presented with difficulty voiding and mucosuria. A computed tomography scan identified right-sided hydronephrosis, renal parenchymal atrophy, nonobstructing calculi and a lower pole renal mass. She underwent open right nephrectomy. Histopathologic examination of the kidney revealed an intestinal type villous adenoma of the renal pelvis with high-grade dysplasia and focal areas suspicious for invasive adenocarcinoma. We review the four previously reported cases of intestinal type villous adenoma in the renal pelvis and discuss diagnosis and management of this unusual neoplasm. PMID:23671505

  9. Effects of experimental obstructive hydronephrosis on the immature nephrons in newborn rats.

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    Josephson, S; Robertson, B; Rodensj, M

    1989-01-01

    Partial obstruction of the left ureter was created in rats less than 36 h of age and its effects were studied at the age of 2-6 days. A considerable hydronephrosis with distension of the kidney developed within 1 day after obstruction, but there was no parenchymal weight reduction. The thickness of the mature, inner cortical layer was significantly decreased, suggesting a delay in the differentiation of the cortex. The parenchymal weight reduction, previously documented in our laboratory after long-standing ureteric obstruction, may thus be caused by a retardation of renal growth, which is never caught up, rather than by an atrophy of renal parenchyma or other destructive tissue lesions. PMID:2728126

  10. Unusual presentation of retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma mimicking an adnexal tumor with highly elevated serum CA-19-9.

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    Cho, Dong Hyu; Lee, Jeong Heon; Oh, Byung Chan

    2014-01-01

    When retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma develops in pelvic cavity, it often presents similar symptoms and radiological findings to adnexal tumor, therefore obscures diagnostic approaches until an exploratory laparotomy is performed. We report an unusual presentation of retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma mimicking an adnexal tumor with extremely elevated serum CA-19-9. Though the most of the prominent mass was removed during surgery, there was massive bleeding due to tearing of internal iliac vein while dissecting the ureter close to vessels. This case focuses on the significance of considering retroperitoneal tumor even if the mass is located in ovarian fossa and has highly elevated serum level of CA-19-9. And in attempt of tumor removal, the excision needs to be clean-cut without damaging nerves or vessels around the mass and avoid causing any prospective complications. PMID:24596823

  11. Observations on some additional abnormalities in situs inversus viscerum.

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    Chandraraj, S

    1976-01-01

    The abnormal findings in a case of Situs inversus totalis are described. The duodenum was placed abnormally and retained its primitive mesentery. The proximal 22 in of jejunum were retroperitoneal. The attachment of the root of the mesentery to the posterior abdominal wall had a 7-shaped appearance, and there was a partial failure of the primitive mesocolon to adhere to the posterior abdominal wall. The common hepatic artery arose from the superior meseneric artery, which also provided a branch to the proximal jejunal loop. The right vagus nerve was found anterior to the oesophagus at the oesophageal hiatus in the diaphragm, and the left vagus was posterior. A double ureter was present on the right side. The findings are discussed in relation to mid-gut development. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 Fig. 5 PMID:1002609

  12. Nephrectomy in an Asian small-clawed otter (Amblonyx cinereus) with pyelonephritis and hydronephrosis secondary to ureteral obstruction.

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    Higbie, Christine T; Carpenter, James W; Armbrust, Laura J; Klocke, Emily; Almes, Kelli

    2014-09-01

    A 10-yr-old, captive, intact male Asian small-clawed otter (Amblonyx cinereus) with a history of bilateral nephrolithiasis was presented for acute-onset lethargy and inappetance of 5 days duration. On physical examination, the otter was about 8% dehydrated and a palpable fluid wave was present in the abdomen. An abdominal ultrasound revealed hydronephrosis of the left kidney and a hyperechoic structure present within the lumen of the left ureter, causing an obstruction. A urinalysis revealed struvite crystalluria, bacteriuria, and an elevated pH. Following 4 days of antibiotic therapy, a left ureteronephrectomy was performed. Upon opening the kidney to retrieve calculi, a large amount of purulent material was noted within the renal pelvis. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first documented case of a nephrectomy in an Asian small-clawed otter. Nephrectomy should be considered as a viable option for treatment of ureteral obstruction, hydronephrosis, or severe pyelonephritis. PMID:25314845

  13. Xanthine urolithiasis causing bilateral ureteral obstruction in a 10-month-old cat.

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    Mestrinho, Lisa A; Gonçalves, Tiago; Parreira, Pedro B; Niza, Maria M R E; Hamaide, Annick J

    2013-10-01

    Xanthine urolithiasis was diagnosed in a 10-month-old intact female domestic shorthair cat presented with acute renal failure due to bilateral ureteral obstruction. Ultrasonography revealed the presence of multiple uroliths in both kidneys and ureters that were not detectable on previous survey radiographs. Medical management failed and ureteral obstruction persisted with no evidence of stone migration into the bladder. Bilateral ureterotomy with urolith removal was performed in order to relieve the obstruction. The cat recovered from surgery, and blood urea nitrogen and creatinine values decreased within normal limits 6 days postoperatively. Urolith analysis by infrared spectrometry determined xanthine composition, and a higher blood and urine concentration of hypoxanthine and xanthine was also found. At 1-year follow-up, the cat was free of clinical signs. However, ultrasonography of the abdomen revealed small-size calculi in both kidneys, despite the low protein diet intake. The very young age of the animal suggests a possible congenital xanthinuria. PMID:23413269

  14. Pathological changes in African hyperoliid frogs due to a myxosporidian infection with a new species of Hoferellus (Myxozoa).

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    Mutschmann, F

    2004-09-01

    A proliferous, polycystic and sometimes fatal kidney disease due to an infection with myxosporidia is reported in 24 of 28 hyperoliid frogs (Afrixalus dorsalis, Hyperolius concolor, Hyperolius sp.) from Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania. In line with pathological changes in fish, the disease is described as 'frog kidney enlargement disease' (FKED). Myxosporidian plasmodia, different developmental stages and spores occurred in the kidney, ureter, and urinary bladder and in the intestine of the frogs. The parasite belongs to the genus Hoferellus and is presented as a new species: H. anurae n. sp. Spores are similar in size and structure to other Hoferellus species in fish but differ by the presence of a more prominent suture line and shorter caudal appendages. This is the first report on a Hoferellus species in amphibians as well as the first report of the genus Hoferellus in African vertebrates. PMID:15521320

  15. Hazards to bladder and intestinal tissues from intravesical underwater electrical discharges from a surgical electronic lithoclast.

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    Tidd, M J; Wright, H C; Oliver, Y; Wallace, D M; Porteous, M

    1976-07-23

    Previous studies have shown that electronic lithoclast discharges produce effects resembling an underwater explosion. It was predicted that the shock wave produced by each discharge could damage nearby gas-containing gut through a mechanism known to be associated with underwater detonations. Effects associated with rapid oscillation of the vapour bubble produced could cause damage to the wall of the bladder. Investigation of lithoclast discharges in vivo on goat, and in vitro on sheep bladders demonstrated perforation of both. In vitro studies in the rabbit demonstrated the predicted greater susceptibility of air-filled gut over that filled with fluid. These hazards would be even greater in the ureter and caution in the use of electronic fragmentation of vesical and ureteric calculi is urged in the light of these findings. PMID:960320

  16. Urethral hemangioma: case report and review of the literature

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    Regragui, Souhail; Slaoui, Amine; Karmouni, Tarik; El Khader, Khalid; Koutani, Abdelatif; Attya, Ahmed Ibn

    2016-01-01

    Hemangiomas are benign vascular tumors. They are the prerogative of the liver and skin. And genitourinary localizations are rare and have only been rarely reported in the prostat, bladder, ureter or the perineum. In the light of published cases, urethral hemangiomas are mostly found in males. Few cases of hemangioma in the female urethra were reported. We report a cavernous hemangioma of the urethra in a 61 years old patient who presented bleeding from the urethra and micturition disorders. Physical examination revealed a tumor 3 cm x 2 polyploid arising from the terminal urethra (urethral hemangioma). We performed surgical resection of the tumor, along with bladder drainage. The postoperative course was simple. We update through a review of the literature aspects of the diagnostic and therapeutic care of the urethral hemangioma.

  17. Laparoendoscopic Single-Site (LESS) Retroperitoneal Radical Nephrectomy in a Patient with Renal Cell Carcinoma Receiving Hemodialysis.

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    Nomura, Takeo; Sato, Fuminori; Takahashi, Mika; Sumino, Yasuhiro; Mimata, Hiromitsu

    2011-01-01

    We present here the patient undergoing laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) retroperitoneal radical nephrectomy while receiving hemodialysis. An 81-year-old man under hemodialysis for 6 years was incidentally discovered to have two left renal masses with acquired cystic disease of the kidney (ACDK). A 4-cm flank incision for GelPort was made. Three trocars were inserted into the retroperitoneum through GelPort. After division of the renal vessels and ureter, the kidney was placed into the extraction bag and was retrieved through flank incision without any extra skin incision. There were no intraoperative and postoperative complications. This procedure offers an effective, minimally invasive therapeutic alternative to the standard laparoscopic technique in high-risk end-stage renal disease patients. PMID:21687538

  18. Epithelial cell proliferation in the rat urinary system induced by parenteral injection of lead salts.

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    Herbertson, B. M.; King, A. J.; Allen, J.

    1987-01-01

    In Wistar rats a single intravascular injection of lead nitrate causes substantial cellular proliferation in the proximal tubules of the kidneys and in the epithelium of the renal pelvis, ureters and urinary bladder. The tritiated thymidine labelling index (LI) reaches a peak 18 to 24 h after injection and the mitotic index (MI) increases to a comparable extent 6 to 10 h later. The proliferation is most prominent in the bladder and proximal tubules and is virtually complete at 48 h. After a single intraperitoneal injection the proliferative changes are confined to the ureteric and bladder epithelium. In all affected tissues the proliferation develops without preceding necrosis and appears to be a hyperplastic phenomenon. After intravascular administration the volume of urine and its total protein content are significantly increased and certain proteins were detected which were not present in the urine of saline controls. Images Fig. 3 PMID:3580279

  19. Congenital Seminal Vesicle Cyst Associated with Ipsilateral Renal Agenesis

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    Kim, Hun Soo; Rim, Joung Sik

    2009-01-01

    Purpose A seminal vesicle cyst in combination with ipsilateral renal agenesis is rarely encountered. We present cases of this disease entity with symptoms, which were treated with a laparoscopic approach as a minimally invasive surgical treatment. Materials and Methods We experienced 4 patients with seminal vesicle cysts and ipsilateral renal agenesis. The mean age was 45.8 years. Chief complaints were perineal pain and hematospermia. Seminal vesicle cysts and remnant ureters were excised by laparoscopic surgery with transperitoneal approaches. Results The mean operative time was 133.8 minutes. The mean hospital stay was 6.8 days. There were no operative complications or transfusions. Conclusion In our report, patients of congenital seminal vesicle cyst associated with renal agenesis are presented. Laparoscopy is considered a minimal invasive management of these combined anomalies, providing a good image and an easy approach. PMID:19718406

  20. [Introduction of Chemotherapy for Advanced Gastric Cancer Showing Oncologic Emergency Caused by Peritoneal Dissemination--Report of Tow Cases].

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    Fujiwara, Yoshiyuki; Omori, Takeshi; Sugimura, Keijiro; Miyata, Hiroshi; Miyoshi, Norikatsu; Akita, Hirofumi; Gotoh, Kunihito; Takahashi, Hidenori; Kobayashi, Shogo; Noura, Shingo; Ohue, Masayuki; Sakon, Masato; Yano, Masahiko

    2015-11-01

    Here, we report 2 patients with gastric cancer and peritoneal dissemination who were successfully treated with chemotherapy after undergoing treatment for an oncologic emergency caused by peritoneal dissemination. Case 1 involved obstruction of the sigmoid colon caused by peritoneal dissemination. After urgent colostomy, S-1/IP IV paclitaxel chemotherapy was introduced. The patient continued the therapy for 2 years and 2 months. Case 2 involved acute renal failure due to bilateral ureter obstruction and obstructive jaundice caused by peritoneal dissemination. This patient underwent emergency treatment consisting of Double-J ureteral stent insertion and endoscopic nasobiliary drainage. He was successfully started on chemotherapy with S-1/oxaliplatin/IP paclitaxel. He continued the therapy for 8 months without symptoms. Aggressive treatment might be effective for advanced gastric cancer showing oncologic emergency. PMID:26805263

  1. Prone jackknife position is not necessary to achieve a cylindrical abdominoperineal resection: demonstration of the lithotomy position.

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    Keller, Deborah S; Lawrence, Justin K; Delaney, Conor P

    2014-02-01

    This video demonstrates a laparoscopic abdominal perineal resection for a fixed 4.8-cm mass involving the posterior and left rectal walls and left puborectalis, 2 cm from the anal verge (see Video, Supplemental Digital Content 1, http://links.lww.com/DCR/A127). We detail the steps of the procedure, all completed in lithotomy, including lateral-to-medial dissection; identification and protection of the left ureter and presacral nerves; division of the inferior mesenteric artery; medial-to-lateral dissection, with meeting the previous dissection plane; total mesorectal excision and pelvic dissection; perineal dissection and layered closure; and abdominal inspection and colostomy creation. Total operative time was 181 minutes. The specimen total mesorectal excision was complete with a negative circumferential radial margin (greater than 1 cm). Final pathology was T3N2M0. PMID:24401888

  2. Comprehensive renal scintillation procedures in spinal cord injury: comparison with excretory urography

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    Lloyd, L.K.; Dubovsky, E.V.; Bueschen, A.J.; Witten, D.M.; Scott, J.W.; Kuhlemeier, K.; Stover, S.L.

    1981-07-01

    A /sup 131/iodine orthoiodohippurate comprehensive renal scintillation procedure was performed and compared to results of excretory urography in 200 spinal cord injury patients. No severe urographic abnormalities were undetected by the comprehensive renal scintillation procedure. Only 1.4 per cent of renal units had greater than minimal pyelocaliectasis or ureterectasis in the presence of a normal radionuclide examination. A relatively large number of abnormalities were detected on the renal scintillation procedure when the excretory urogram was normal. Serial followup will be required to determine the significance of these findings but present data suggest that a comprehensive renal scintillation procedure and a plain film of the kidneys, ureters and bladder may be used for screening upper urinary tract abnormalities in lieu of an excretory urogram. This is particularly advantageous for the spinal cord injury population, since there have been no toxic or allergic reactions reported, no bowel preparation or dehydration is required and there is relatively low radiation exposure.

  3. Fibromyxoid nephrogenic adenoma protruding in a renal cortical cyst. A rare morphological variant in an outstanding location.

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    Khedaoui, Radia; Encabo, Beatriz; Tardo, Juan C

    2016-02-01

    Nephrogenic adenoma (NA) is an unusual, benign lesion of the urinary tract, generally presenting in the bladder and with less frequency in the renal pelvis, urethra or ureter. It consists of tubules, microcysts and papillae lined by a single layer of low cuboidal epithelium without atypia. Recently, a fibromyxoid variant mimicking an infiltrating mucinous adenocarcinoma has been described. We report hereby the case of a 70-year-old female with a fibromixoid NA protruding in a renal cortical cyst. Only one case of NA in a renal cortical cyst has been found in the literature and it was of the classical type. The development of a NA in a renal cortical cyst lends support to the theory that the NA results from proliferation of secondarily implanted exfoliated renal epithelial cells. PMID:26706600

  4. [A case of an ulcer of the sigmoid colon during chemotherapy with FOLFOX4 and bevacizumab for recurrence of rectal carcinoma].

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    Okuya, Koichi; Mizushima, Yasuhiro; Hirata, Koichi

    2013-01-01

    The patient was a 73-year-old female. After curative resection for rectal cancer with uterus invasion, UFT/Leucovorin was administered orally for 16 months. Three years and six months after the initial surgery, en bloc cystourethrectomy was performed to control the bleeding caused by a local recurrence invading the bladder and ureter. Although postoperative FOL- FOX4/bevacizumab therapy was started, bevacizumab was discontinued after 4 courses of treatment because an ulcer was confirmed at the sigmoid colon with stoma. The ulcer was relieved by conservative medical treatment. In this case, we attempted to make a quick response because the site of the ulcer could be easily observed. During chemotherapy. Therefore, it is necessary to carefully observe the patient's conditions. PMID:23306930

  5. Laparotomic myomectomy in the 16th week of pregnancy: a case report.

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    Domenici, Lavinia; Di Donato, Violante; Gasparri, Maria Luisa; Lecce, Francesca; Caccetta, Jlenia; Panici, Pierluigi Benedetti

    2014-01-01

    Myomectomy is rarely performed during an ongoing pregnancy because of fear of miscarriage and the risk of an uncontrolled haemorrhage necessitating a hysterectomy. In cases where myomectomy is undertaken, most are performed at the time of cesarean section or with a laparoscopic approach. We report a case of a successful laparotomic myomectomy in the 16th week of pregnancy. A 35-year-old primigravida was admitted to our department with acute abdominal pain and hydronephrosis (serum creatinine 1.6 mg/dL). Imaging revealed a large implant myoma compressing the bladder, ureters, rectus, and gestational chamber and causing hydronephrosis. Laparotomic myomectomy was successfully performed and pregnancy continued uneventfully until the 38th week when a cesarean section was performed. Surgical management of myomas during pregnancy is worth evaluating in well-selected and highly symptomatic cases. PMID:24716028

  6. Is the Left Kidney the Right One for Kidney Donation in Women Planning on Future Pregnancy?

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    Kıran, H; Kıran, G; Arıkan, D; Yüzbaşıoğlu, M; Bakacak, M; Ercan, Ö; Köstü, B

    2015-01-01

    The kidney transplantation surgery requires left nephrectomy because of the anatomical disadvantages. But hydroureteronephrosis is the most significant renal functional alteration of pregnancy, accounted for by both hormonal and mechanical factors. Dilatation of the ureters and renal pelvis is more prominent on the right side than the left side and is seen in up to 80% of pregnant women. A 23-year-old woman who become pregnant after 4 months from left kidney donation was admitted to our emergency department with acute right kidney injury during her 39(th) week of pregnancy. She did not response to conservative treatment and required emergency delivery because of the progressive increase in her serum creatinine levels. After delivery, progressive decrease at creatinine level had been observed and in one month, it had reached the normal level. Mother candidates should be advised they donate their kidneys after completing their childbearing if possible, or undergo right nephrectomy. PMID:26576264

  7. Is the Left Kidney the Right One for Kidney Donation in Women Planning on Future Pregnancy?

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    Kıran, H.; Kıran, G.; Arıkan, D.; Yüzbaşıoğlu, M.; Bakacak, M.; Ercan, Ö.; Köstü, B.

    2015-01-01

    The kidney transplantation surgery requires left nephrectomy because of the anatomical disadvantages. But hydroureteronephrosis is the most significant renal functional alteration of pregnancy, accounted for by both hormonal and mechanical factors. Dilatation of the ureters and renal pelvis is more prominent on the right side than the left side and is seen in up to 80% of pregnant women. A 23-year-old woman who become pregnant after 4 months from left kidney donation was admitted to our emergency department with acute right kidney injury during her 39th week of pregnancy. She did not response to conservative treatment and required emergency delivery because of the progressive increase in her serum creatinine levels. After delivery, progressive decrease at creatinine level had been observed and in one month, it had reached the normal level. Mother candidates should be advised they donate their kidneys after completing their childbearing if possible, or undergo right nephrectomy. PMID:26576264

  8. Telocytes in female reproductive system (human and animal).

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    Aleksandrovych, Veronika; Walocha, Jerzy A; Gil, Krzysztof

    2016-06-01

    Telocytes (TCs) are a newly discovered type of cell with numerous functions. They have been found in a large variety of organs: heart (endo-, myo-, epi- and pericardium, myocardial sleeves, heart valves); digestive tract and annex glands (oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, jejunum, liver, gallbladder, salivary gland, exocrine pancreas); respiratory system (trachea and lungs); urinary system (kidney, renal pelvis, ureters, bladder, urethra); female reproductive system (uterus, Fallopian tube, placenta, mammary gland); vasculature (blood vessels, thoracic duct); serous membranes (mesentery and pleura); and other organs (skeletal muscle, meninges and choroid plexus, neuromuscular spindles, fascia lata, skin, eye, prostate, bone marrow). Likewise, TCs are widely distributed in vertebrates (fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, including human). This review summarizes particular features of TCs in the female reproductive system, emphasizing their involvement in physiological and pathophysiological processes. PMID:27060783

  9. [Minimally invasive interventional techniques involving the urogenital tract in dogs and cats].

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    Heilmann, R M

    2016-04-18

    Minimally invasive interventional techniques are advancing fast in small animal medicine. These techniques utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic methods, including fluoroscopy, ultrasonography, endoscopy, and laparoscopy. Minimally invasive procedures are particularly attractive in the field of small animal urology because, in the past, treatment options for diseases of the urogenital tract were rather limited or associated with a high rate of complications. Most endourological interventions have a steep learning curve. With the appropriate equipment and practical training some of these procedures can be performed in most veterinary practices. However, most interventions require referral to a specialty clinic. This article summarizes the standard endourological equipment and materials as well as the different endourological interventions performed in dogs and cats with diseases of the kidneys/renal pelves, ureters, or lower urinary tract (urinary bladder and urethra). PMID:26998909

  10. Antibodies directed against renal collecting ducts in sera of human renal allograft recipients.

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    Paul, L C; Van Es, L A; Kalff, M W; Fleuren, G J

    1979-01-01

    Anatibodies directed against the plasma membrane of renal collecting ducts were found in the sera of two out of 101 renal allograft recipients. The sera also reacted with the epithelium of the renal pelvis, the ureter, the ductus deferens, the skin, the oesophagus, the trachea and the bile ducts of random individuals, indicating that the antibodies were directed against a widespread epithelial antigen. The antibody activity against these structures was removed by absorption of the sera with homogenized renal medullary tissue; absorption with plasma proteins, erythrocytes, spleen leucocytes or platelets did not influence the antibody titers. In the two patients with circulating antibodies, the graft function was unremarkable eight and fifteen months after transplantation, respectively. From this study we conclude that circulating epithelial antibodies directed against the collecting ducts of the graft are of little or no clinical importance. Images FIG. 2 PMID:393442

  11. [Design of a multifunctional and transparent urinary system model].

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    Hu, Wengang; Huang, Chibing; Feng, Jiayu; Zhang, Yinfu; Wang, Jin; Xu, Xiaoting; Song, Yajun; Sun, Zhen; Chen, Yirong

    2014-04-01

    This article describes a novel Multifunctional and Transparent Urinary System Model (MTUSM), which can be applied to anatomy teaching, operational training of clinical skills as well as simulated experiments in vitro. This model covers kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, male and female urethra, bracket and pedestal, etc. Based on human anatomy structure and parameters, MTUSM consists of two transparent layers i. e. transparent organic glass external layer, which constraints the internal layer and maintains shape of the model, and transparent silica gel internal layer, which possesses perfect elasticity and deformability. It is obvious that this model is preferable in simulating the structure of human urinary system by applying hierarchical fabrication. Meanwhile, the transparent design, which makes the inner structure, internal operations and experiments visual, facilitates teaching instruction and understanding. With the advantages of simple making, high-findelity, unique structure and multiple functions, this model will have a broad application prospect and great practical value. PMID:25039130

  12. Successful removal of an intravesical electrical wire cable.

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    Ahn, Hyunsoo; Son, Hwancheol

    2014-08-01

    A few previous reports have described cases wherein electrical wire cables were inserted into the male urethra and bladder. Electrical wire cables are available at home and are easy to insert. However, after they coil in the patient's bladder, they are difficult to remove. In February 2013, a 30-year-old man presented to the emergency room of SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center with a urethral foreign body. He had inserted an electrical wire cable into his urethra for the purpose of masturbation, despite having a regular sex partner and no underlying disease. A kidney-ureter-bladder radiography showed a tangled wire in his bladder and urethra. On the next day, we tried to remove the wire cystoscopically, but this proved to be impossible because of complex coiling and the slippery surface of the wire. A Pfannenstiel incision was made to remove the foreign body. No postoperative complications were noted. PMID:25237664

  13. Quantitative autoradiography of angiotensin II receptors in brain and kidney: focus on cardiovascular implications

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    Gehlert, D.R.; Speth, R.C.; Wamsley, J.K.

    1985-01-01

    Quantitative techniques of receptor autoradiography have been applied to localize (/sup 125/I)-angiotensin II binding sites in brain and kidney. High densities of autoradiographic grains, indicating the presence of angiotensin II receptors, have been localized to several rat brain nuclei including the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus, nucleus of the solitary tract, anterior pituitary, locus coeruleus and several hypothalamic nuclei. Cat thoracic spinal cord exhibited a high density of sites over the intermedio-lateral cell column. In sections of rat kidney, angiotensin II receptors were detected in the glomerulus, vasa recta and ureter. The cardiovascular implications of these results are apparent and relate angiotensin II to hypertensive mechanisms. Thus, angiotensin II represents an endocoid which is involved in control of blood pressure through its effects on peripheral organs as well as the central nervous system.

  14. RENAL AND CLOACAL CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS (CRYPTOSPORIDIUM AVIAN GENOTYPE V) IN A MAJOR MITCHELL'S COCKATOO (LOPHOCHROA LEADBEATERI).

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    Curtiss, Jeffrey B; Leone, Angelique M; Wellehan, James F X; Emerson, Jessica A; Howerth, Elizabeth W; Farina, Lisa L

    2015-12-01

    A 7-yr-old male Major Mitchell's cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) presented with a recent history of lethargy and anorexia. Physical examination revealed poor body condition and cloacal prolapse. Abnormalities on serum chemistry included severe hyperuricemia and hyperphosphatemia with a low calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. Symptomatic treatment was initiated including intravenous fluids and antibiotics. The bird continued to decline and died within a few days. Visceral gout and renal and cloacal pathology were observed on gross necropsy. Histopathology revealed chronic inflammation within the kidney, ureter, and cloaca in association with protozoal organisms and an invasive cloacal adenocarcinoma tumor. The location and morphology was consistent with Cryptosporidium sp., confirmed by immunohistochemistry and molecular testing. Direct sequencing identified Cryptosporidium avian genotype V. To the author's knowledge, this is the first reported infection of Cryptosporidium avian genotype V associated with clinical disease in birds and the first renal Cryptosporidium infection in a psittacine. PMID:26667555

  15. Therapy for vesicoureteral reflux: antibiotic prophylaxis, urotherapy, open surgery, endoscopic injection, or observation?

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    Elder, Jack S

    2008-03-01

    Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) refers to the retrograde flow of urine from the bladder into the ureter and renal pelvis. It generally results from congenital maldevelopment of the ureterovesical junction, although VUR may develop in individuals with abnormally high detrusor pressure. VUR increases a child's susceptibility to pyelonephritis and renal scarring. Treatment goals include the prevention of pyelonephritis, reflux nephropathy, and other complications of reflux. Treatment alternatives include antibiotic prophylaxis, urotherapy (correction of voiding dysfunction), and surgical correction (open, injection therapy, or laparoscopic). Recent studies have challenged the presumed benefit of prophylaxis in children with VUR, while long-term retrospective studies have documented a high rate of hypertension in adults with reflux nephropathy. In addition, the risk of persistent VUR in adulthood is unresolved. These reports have stimulated a reevaluation of the role of various treatment options in children with VUR. PMID:18419999

  16. Risks and Benefits of Early Catheter Removal After Renal Transplantation.

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    Guler, S; Cimen, S; Hurton, S; Molinari, M

    2015-12-01

    Although many advances in renal transplantation have occurred over recent decades, bladder catheterization has remained a constant practice to facilitate the identification of the dome of the bladder by retrograde infusion of antibiotic solutions in its lumen prior to the creation of the cystoureteric anastomosis. In addition, the presence of the Foley catheter prevents possible tension on the newly created anastomosis between the ureter and the bladder as it allows continuous external drainage of urine and is very useful to monitor perioperative fluid balance. Although urethral catheterization provides several benefits, the optimal duration of catheterization remains a subject of controversy. The primary aim of this paper is to review the available scientific literature on the management of urethral catheters after renal transplantation and assess the pros and cons of early vs late catheter removal. PMID:26707302

  17. Population dynamics of Philureter trigoniopsis (Monogenea: Ancyrocephalinae) from urinary organs of Galaxias maculatus (Osmeriformes: Galaxiidae) in a cold temperate Andean Patagonian lake (Argentina).

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    Viozzi, Gustavo P; Semenas, Liliana G; Gutiérrez, Pablo

    2005-12-01

    Philureter trigoniopsis parasitizes the ureters and urinary bladder of Galaxias maculatus in Patagonian Andean lakes. To investigate factors associated with variation in the prevalence and intensity of this monogenean, fish were sampled periodically over 2 yr in Lake Gutiérrez. Prevalence and mean intensity are higher in smaller fishes than in larger ones. A seasonal pattern was observed, with peak recruitment and peak mean intensity occurring in early spring (September), followed by lows in late summer (January-February). Galaxias maculatus length classes are spatially segregated due to seasonal migrations, so the annual infection cycle is characterized by higher prevalence and intensity from late winter to early summer in the smaller fish from the deep zone of the lake. PMID:16539018

  18. Laparo-endoscopic single-site (LESS) bilateral nephroureterectomy for patients with end-stage renal disease.

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    Chung, Shiu-Dong; Tsai, Yao-Chou; Wang, Shuo-Meng; Hung, Shun-Fa; Huang, Chao-Yuan; Chueh, Shih-Chieh; Yu, Hong-Jeng

    2013-02-01

    We present the first report of LESS bilateral nephroureterectomy via the transperitoneal approach using the home-made single port. Two patients received LESS bilateral nephroureterectomies and bladder cuffs resection with homemade single ports, which were created by using an Alexis wound retractor as an access platform through a 4 cm incision. Distal ureters were resected through the same incision with Endo-loop. No additional ports were used and both procedures were completed successfully without traditional laparoscopic/open conversion or complication. LESS nephreoureterectomy with bladder cuff excision was performed in 460 and 635 minutes with an estimated blood loss of 50 and 400 mL, respectively. Patients were discharged on postoperative day 3 and 7, respectively. Our report demonstrates that LESS bilateral nephroureterectomy and bladder cuff resection is a safe and feasible procedure for urothelial carcinoma of upper urinary tract in patients at dialysis. PMID:23121219

  19. Acute kidney transplant failure following transurethral bladder polyp fulguration.

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    Collins, Bradley H.; Marroquin, Carlos E.; Tuttle-Newhall, Janet E.; Kuo, Paul C.; Preminger, Glenn M.; Butterly, David W.

    2005-01-01

    Ureteral obstruction and anastomotic leak represent the most common urologic complications of kidney transplantation. Delay in diagnosis or treatment can lead to allograft loss. Obstruction of the ureter occurs in 2% of kidney transplant recipients. Although the majority of cases are immediate technical complications of the operation, subsequent manipulation of the genitourinary system can result in iatrogenic ureteral injury. We report the case of a long-term kidney transplant recipient who developed obstructive uropathy and acute renal failure requiring dialysis after undergoing cystoscopy and bladder polyp fulguration. The etiology was inadvertent thermal injury of the ureteroneocystostomy incurred during the procedure. After attempted percutaneous management, definitive open repair resulted in a return of allograft function to baseline. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 PMID:15779509

  20. Abdominal lipomatosis attributed to tall fescue toxicosis in deer.

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    Wolfe, B A; Bush, M; Monfort, S L; Mumford, S L; Pessier, A; Montali, R J

    1998-12-15

    Five adult female Eld's deer died acutely or were euthanatized because of clinical signs including anorexia, signs of depression, and uremia. On necropsy, these deer had large masses of necrotic abdominal fat constricting the ureters, causing hydroureter and hydronephrosis. The herd from which these deer originated was maintained on pastures consisting primarily of tall fescue, samples from which were subsequently confirmed to be infected with an endophytic fungus that is known to cause similar lesions in cattle. A retrospective study of deaths in this herd revealed a sharp increase in incidence of abdominal lipomatosis since 1994. Physical examinations on the herd revealed > 90% of females to be affected. Endophyte-infected tall fescue forage was concluded to be a major factor in the development of lipomatosis in these deer. Other contributing factors were considered. Lesions caused by endophyte-infected fescue can be severe, and this disease can develop in nondomestic species. PMID:9861975

  1. Peristaltic pumping of solid particles immersed in a viscoelastic fluid

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    Chrispell, John; Fauci, Lisa

    2010-11-01

    Peristaltic pumping of fluid is a fundamental method of transport in many biological processes. In some instances, particles of appreciable size are transported along with the fluid, such as ovum transport in the oviduct or kidney stones in the ureter. In some of these biological settings, the fluid may be viscoelastic. In such a case, a nonlinear constitutive equation to describe the evolution of the viscoelastic contribution to the stress tensor must be included in the governing equations. Here we use an immersed boundary framework to study peristaltic transport of a macroscopic solid particle in a viscoelastic fluid governed by a Navier-Stokes/Oldroyd-B model. Numerical simulations of peristaltic pumping as a function of Weissenberg number are presented. We examine the spatial and temporal evolution of the polymer stress field, and also find that the viscoelasticity of the fluid does hamper the overall transport of the particle in the direction of the wave.

  2. Variables influencing radiation exposure during extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Review of 298 treatments

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    Carter, H.B.; Naeslund, E.B.R.; Riehle, R.A. Jr.

    1987-12-01

    Retrospective review of 298 extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) treatments was undertaken to determine the factors which influence radiation exposure during ESWL. Fluoroscopy time averaged 160 seconds (3-509), and the average number of spot films taken per patient was 26 (5-68). The average stone burden was 19.3 mm (3-64). Average calculated skin surface radiation exposure was 17.8 R per treatment. Radiation exposure increased with increasing stone burden and patient weight. Stones treated in the ureter resulted in a higher average patient radiation exposure than for renal stones (19 R vs 16 R), even though the average size of these ureteral stones (11.3 mm) was significantly less than the mean. However, type of anesthetic (general or regional) used was not a significant factor. Operator training, experience, and familiarity with radiation physics should significantly decrease the amount of imaging time and consequent patient radiation exposure during ESWL.

  3. Modern management of stone disease in patients with a solitary kidney

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    Tkocz, Michał; Ziaja, Damian

    2011-01-01

    Analysing the data available in the literature, contemporary methods of treatment of nephrolithiasis are limited to the methods of minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and ureterorenoscopic lithotripsy (URSL), not excluding their use in the presence of developmental abnormalities and kidney impairment only. Minimally invasive methods have become standard procedures. A complement to ineffective URSL and PCNL treatment is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. This is confirmed by 30 years of observation in the only treatment of kidney calculi by Alken launched in 1981 and continued by Jones et al. Before the era of endoscopic procedures (PCNL and URSL) effectively removed the only deposits in the kidney in open operations. Minimally invasive treatments are recommended for patients with localized deposits in the pelvicalyceal system or solitary kidney ureter. They are recognized as safe and effective treatment in a solitary kidney in particular in patients who have already been operated on. PMID:23255993

  4. [Statistics on the operations at the Department of Urology, Toyota Memorial Hospital during an 11-year period (1987-1997)].

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    Tamaki, M; Maeda, S; Yamada, T; Nakano, M; Yamamoto, N; Kawada, Y; Deguchi, T

    1999-04-01

    A clinical statistic survey was carried out on the operations performed at our Hospital from 1987 through 1997. The total number of operations was 3,383 and the number of operations excluding extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) was 1,672, consisting of 227 (13.6%) operations of the kidney and ureter, 194 (11.6%) operations of the bladder, 481 (28.8%) operations of the prostate and urethra, and 705 (42.2%) operations of the penis and scrotal contents. Since new endourological technology and ESWL were developed for clinical application, the mode of operation has dramatically changed during the last 11 years, trending toward minimally invasive surgery. PMID:10363155

  5. [A case of ureteritis in Henoch-Shnlein purpura].

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    Moyano, M J; Alvarez, J; Milln, A; Amor, J

    2006-01-01

    Henoch-Schnlein purpura (HSP) is a multisystemic disorder mainly affecting the skin, joints, gastrointestinal tract, and kidneys but sometime rare complications that have been reported include urologic manifestations. We report a case of a 63 year old man was admitted to the hospital because a neurologic abnormalities, gastrointestinal blood loss and acute renal failure. One year before HSP was dignosed by percutaneous renal biopsy. A few days later admission the temperature was 38 masculineC and urine cultures yielded Echerichia Coli. An angio-magnetic resonance of the abdomen showed a marked dilatation of the distal left ureter with a level inside. Therapy with corticosteroids improved a clinical features and the usual renal function was recovered. PMID:17117908

  6. Comparison of radiation sensitivity for three cell lines as measured by the cloning assay and the micro-nucleus test.

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    Stap, J; Aten, J A

    1990-11-01

    The correlation between cell killing and the induction of micro-nuclei was studied for three cell lines after treatment with gamma radiation to investigate whether the frequency of micro-nucleated cells can be used to determine the radiation sensitivity of a cell type. R1 rat rhabdomyosarcoma cells showed a higher sensitivity for the induction of proliferative death than RUC rat ureter carcinoma cells and V79 Chinese hamster cells which had a similar radiation sensitivity. The frequencies of micro-nucleated cells were measured at 48 hours after the treatment. It was determined by time-lapse cinematography that almost all the cells in the treated cultures had divided at that time. Our results indicate that for these cell lines the correlation between the effectiveness for cell killing and the induction of micro-nuclei was the same, within the experimental errors. PMID:2260014

  7. 45,X/47,XXX Mosaicism and Short Stature.

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    Everest, Erica; Tsilianidis, Laurie A; Haider, Anzar; Rogers, Douglas G; Raissouni, Nouhad; Schweiger, Bahareh

    2015-01-01

    We describe the case of a ten-year-old girl with short stature and 45,X/47,XXX genotype. She also suffered from vesicoureteric reflux and kidney dysfunction prior to having surgery on her ureters. Otherwise, she does not have any of the characteristics of Turner nor Triple X syndrome. It has been shown that this mosaic condition as well as other varieties creates a milder phenotype than typical Turner syndrome, which is what we mostly see in our patient. However, this patient is a special case, because she is exceptionally short. Overall, one cannot predict the resultant phenotype in these mosaic conditions. This creates difficulty in counseling parents whose children or fetuses have these karyotypes. PMID:26137340

  8. About a Case Report of Giant Hydronephrosis

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    Mediavilla, Enrique; Ballestero, Roberto; Correas, Miguel Angel; Gutierrez, Jose Luis

    2013-01-01

    Introduction. Our objective is to report a case of an infrequent entity as the giant hydronephrosis. Case Report. We report the case of an 82-syear-old male referred for a poor general condition. A radiological study revealed a great left hydronephrosis secondary to an urothelial carcinoma. The patient died due to his poor general condition. A histological diagnosis revealed a transitional cell carcinoma of renal pelvis and ureter and atrophic renal parenchyma. Conclusion. Giant hydronephrosis represents a very often entity to be taken into account in cases with big cystic abdominal masses in absence of unilateral or bilateral kidney. Simple nephrectomy is the treatment of choice in most cases. Nevertheless, in cases of nonsubsidiary surgery, percutaneous drainage may be necessary. PMID:24191226

  9. Duplication of Inferior Vena Cava with Associated Anomalies: A Rare Case Report

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    Shaha, Pramod; Sahoo, Kulamani; Kothari, Nupoor; Garg, Pooja

    2016-01-01

    Duplication of inferior vena cava is an uncommon abnormality and is important in daily today practice for vascular surgeons, radiologist and urologist especially during retroperitoneal surgeries and treatment of thromboembolic disease. Radiologically, Duplicated IVC can be mistaken for lymphadenopathy or left pyeloureteric dilatation. Crossed fused kidney with a single ureter defy the embryological theory of ureteric bud crossing the opposite side and induce nephron formation associated anomaly of Duplication of inferior vena cava and malrotation of gut are not reported in a same patient. On meticulous search of literature no such combination of abnormalities has been reported. In this case report we bring forward this rare type of combination of three congenital malformations that is Duplication of IVC, crossed fused kidney and malrotation of gut. PMID:27134964

  10. The Adult Drosophila Malpighian Tubules Are Maintained by Pluripotent Stem Cells

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    Singh, Shree Ram; Liu, Wei; Hou, Steven X.

    2007-01-01

    Summary All animals must excrete the waste products of metabolism. Excretion is performed by the kidney in vertebrates and by the Malpighian tubules in Drosophila. The mammalian kidney has an inherent ability for recovery and regeneration following ischemic injury. Stem cells and progenitor cells have been proposed to be responsible for repair and regeneration of injured renal tissue. In Drosophila, the Malpighian tubules are thought to be very stable, and no stem cells have been identified. We have identified pluripotent stem cells in the region of lower tubules and ureters of the Malpighian tubules. Using lineage tracing and molecular marker labeling, we demonstrated that several differentiated cells in the Malpighian tubules arise from the stem cells and an autocrine JAK-STAT signaling regulates the stem cells' self-renewal. Identifying adult kidney stem cells in Drosophila may provide important clues for understanding mammalian kidney repair and regeneration during injury. PMID:18371350

  11. Inguinal hernia containing bladder and ureteroneocystostomy: a rare cause for acute renal graft dysfunction.

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    Coelho, Hugo; Nunes, Pedro; Canhoto, Carolina; Temido, Paulo

    2016-01-01

    A 77-year-old man presented with acute graft dysfunction 25 years after a renal transplant in the left iliac fossa. He also had an asymptomatic left inguinal hernia. Renal ultrasound showed a significant pyelocalicial dilation of the kidney graft and the patient was submitted to a percutaneous nephrostomy. An antegrade nephrostogram was performed, which showed a dilated ureter and the bladder included in the left inguinal hernia that caused the obstructive uropathy. Concomitant retrograde cystography also showed a significant portion of the bladder in the hernia sac. The patient was submitted to inguinal hernia repair, which resolved the obstruction. We present a rare and potentially curable cause of obstructive uropathy in a transplant recipient; it is possible to revert graft dysfunction and prevent graft loss if the condition is recognised early. PMID:26912768

  12. [How to manage a pyelocalyceal dilatation?].

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    Vamadevan, Sanjeev; Klein, Jacques; Iselin, Christophe E

    2015-12-01

    Due to its length and its small diameter, the ureter is exposed to a high obstructive risk which may be ascribed to extremely variable pathologies. Because of a remarkably active peristalsis, the clinical consequence is acute if the obstacle suddenly settles. The radiological sign of appeal is the pyelocalyceal dilatation, which is widely listed in the Western medical system, in consideration of the abundance of the practiced imaging. From the acute situation to the fortuitous discovery, its understanding must be further investigated because of the immediate symptomatic potential impact such as renal colic, which can be associated with sepsis, as well as possible long-term sequelae on renal function. This article aims to help the primary care physician to initiate its diagnosis and treatment. PMID:26785528

  13. A Review of Transplantation Practice of the Urologic Organs: Is It Only Achievable for the Kidney?

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    Donati-Bourne, Jack; Roberts, Harry W; Rajjoub, Yaseen; Coleman, Robert A

    2015-01-01

    Transplantation is a viable treatment option for failure of most major organs. Within urology, transplantation of the kidney and ureter are well documented; however, evidence supporting transplantation of other urologic organs is limited. Failure of these organs carries significant morbidity, and transplantation may have a role in management. This article reviews the knowledge, research, and literature surrounding transplantation of each of the urologic organs. Transplantation of the penis, testicle, urethra, vas deferens, and bladder is discussed. Transplantation attempts have been made individually with each of these organs. Penile transplantation has only been performed once in a human. Testicular transplantation research was intertwined with unethical lucrative pursuits. Interest in urethra, bladder, and vas deferens transplantation has decreased as a result of successful surgical reconstructive techniques. Despite years of effort, transplantations of the penis, testicle, urethra, vas deferens, and bladder are not established in current practice. Recent research has shifted toward techniques of reconstruction, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

  14. Segmental aplasia of the uterine horn with ipsilateral renal agenesis in a cat.

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    Chang, Jinhwa; Jung, Joo-hyun; Yoon, Junghee; Choi, Min-cheol; Park, Jae Hak; Seo, Kang-Moon; Jeong, Seong Mok

    2008-06-01

    A nine-month-old domestic short haired cat was admitted with the history of acute vomiting, depression and shivering. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed minimum enlargement of the right uterine horn filled with anechoic fluid. On excretory urography, functionally and anatomically normal, enlarged left kidney was found, but right kidney was absent. It was preliminary diagnosed as hydrometra with right renal agenesis. Aiming at the correction of hydrometra, we performed ovariohysterectomy. During spaying, we found a missing segment of distal part of the right uterine horn and absence of ipsilateral kidney and ureter. Compressed uterine structure and segmental aplasia of right uterine horn were found in histopathological investigation. Taken together, it was diagnosed as a segmental aplasia of uterine horn with ipsilateral renal agenesis. PMID:18628611

  15. Emphysematous pyonephrosis associated with extrahepatic portosystemic shunt in a dog

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    LIM, Jongsu; YOON, Youngmin; JUNG, Dongin; YEON, Seongchan; LEE, Heechun

    2015-01-01

    A 16-month-old intact female Maltese dog was referred for examination of depression and vomiting. Ultrasonography revealed dilated right renal pelvis containing echogenic fluid with free gas. A hyperechoic material suspected of urolith was identified in the right ureter. Computed tomography revealed emphysematous change of the right kidney associated with ureteral obstruction and extrahepatic portosystemic shunt (EHPSS). Ureteronephrectomy and surgical correction were performed for the EHPSS. Escherichia coli was isolated from pus from the right kidney. Quantitative analysis revealed that the urolith was an ammonium urate stone. After 5 months follow-up, no complication was observed. This is the first report of emphysematous pyonephrosis associated with EHPSS in a dog. PMID:26668166

  16. In vivo regeneration of renal vessels post whole decellularized kidneys transplantation

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    Lin, KeZhi; Yu, YaLing; Zhao, LiNa; Chu, TingGang; Wu, LiZhi; Alkhawaji, Ali; Li, MiaoZhong; Shao, YingKuan; Li, Ting; Lou, XinFa; Chen, ShiXin; Tang, MaoLin; Mei, Jin

    2015-01-01

    Nearly 50 million patients in China live with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and only about 4000 patients may receive kidney transplantation. The purpose of this study was to investigate regeneration of renal vessels post whole decellularized kidneys transplantation in vivo. We decellularized kidneys of donor rats by perfusing a detergent through the abdominal aorta, yielding feasible extracellular matrix, confirmed for acellularity before transplantation. Based on the concept of using the body as a bioreactor, we orthotopically transplanted the kidney and ureter scaffolds in recipient rats, and found the regeneration of vessels including artery and vein in the renal sinus following a spontaneous recanalization. Although the findings only represent an initial step toward the ultimate goal of the generation of fully functional kidneys in vivo, these findings suggest that the body itself, as the bioreactor, is a viable strategy for kidney regeneration. PMID:26575172

  17. An Unusual Extremely Distant Noncommunicating Uterine Horn with Myoma and Adenomyosis Treated with Laparoscopic Hemihysterectomy

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    Morelli, Michele; Mocciaro, Rita; Lico, Daniela; Zullo, Fulvio

    2013-01-01

    A 41-year-old woman referred to us with dysmenorrhea and severe pelvic pain although she was previously submitted to right laparotomic adnexectomy for ovarian endometrioma and to a subsequent operative laparoscopy for pelvic adhesions. After ultrasound examination, the patient underwent diagnostic hysteroscopy and operative laparoscopy which confirmed the clinic suspect of an unicornuate uterus. However, it was very unusual to see an extremely distanced right horn, without communication with uterus, without adnexa, and with a small myoma belonging to it. Moreover, omentum and bowel were attached to fundus of right horn and thick adhesions fixed it to rectum and right pelvic wall. Therefore, identification of anatomical structures was difficult, as it was extremely arduous to isolate the ureter, which was involved inside the adhesions surrounding the right uterine horn. Nevertheless, laparoscopic right hemihysterectomy was successfully performed and right horn was sent to our pathologist who recognized hypotrophic endometrium and adenomyosis. PMID:24109532

  18. Bilateral multicystic renal dysplasia with potter sequence. A case with penile agenesis.

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    Dursun, Ahmet; Ermis, Bahri; Numanoglu, Varim; Bahadir, Burak; Seckiner, Ilker

    2006-11-01

    Hereditary renal adysplasia (HRA) is a rare autosomal dominant condition. Patients have several other anomalies including Potter facies, thoracic, cardiac, and extremity deformities. The case present dysmorphic facial features such as hypertelorism, prominent epicanthic folds, a flat and broad nose, choanal stenosis, low-set ears, and a receding chin. He had femoral bowing, hypoplastic right tibia and agenesis of the right foot. He had rich and thick skin. He had also a dysplastic empty scrotum, penile agenesis, and anal atresia. The autopsy revealed pulmonary hypoplasia, ventricular septal defect, bilateral multicystic renal dysplasia, agenesis of both ureter and bladder, intraabdominal testicles, and a single umbilical artery. The penile agenesis was first reported, and including the consanguinity in the parents might further delineate the bilateral multicystic HRA. Vater/caudal regression anomalies, Mullerian duct/aplasia, unilateral renal agenesis, and cervicothoracic somite anomalies association, and Coloboma, heart anomaly, choanal atresia, retardation, genital and ear anomalies syndrome has been considered in differential diagnosis. PMID:17106555

  19. The multicystic dysplastic kidney in children.

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    Chang, W T; Chen, H C; Peng, H C

    1993-05-01

    Multicystic dysplastic kidney (MCDK) is the most common renal cystic disease in infancy and the second most common neonatal abdominal mass. It represents an extreme form of renal dysplasia. The key features in MCDK include variability in size, loss of kidney shape, absence of function and obstruction of ureter. Current management is still controversial. The prognosis is largely depended upon the problems of associated anomalies and the condition of the contralateral kidney. From September '82 to September '91, twelve patients with multicystic kidney have been treated at Taichung Veterans General Hospital. Ten of them received elective nephrectomy. The postoperative condition was uneventful. However, there was a high frequency of associated anomalies (41.6%) and pathologic contralateral kidney (50%). Two patients who refused operation were put on close observation and follow-up with ultrasound. During the surgical patients' follow-up period, one suffered from repeated urinary tract infection and the other died of multiple congenital anomalies. PMID:8334562

  20. [Actinomycosis of the sigmoid as obstructive space-occupying lesion of the pelvis. A case report].

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    Hohenbleicher, F; Hohenbleicher, R; Hallfeldt, K H

    2002-07-01

    Abdominal actinomycosis is a rare chronic infectious disease, which may mimic abdominal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or diverticulitis. We report the case of a 46-year-old women with a large bowel obstruction caused by extensive abdominal actinomycosis. Colon contrast examination revealed a stenosis in the sigmoid colon, while abdominal ultrasound showed a stenosis of the left ureter with left hydronephrosis. Preoperative presumptive diagnosis was a carcinoma of the sigmoid colon. She required emergency surgery, which involved both resection and colostomy. As in most cases reported in the literature, diagnosis was made postoperatively. Pathological examination following the sigmoid colon resection surprisingly revealed an actinomycosis. This case illustrates that consideration of actinomycosis in women with bowel obstruction and prolonged use of an intrauterine device could help to improve the preoperative diagnosis of this rare disease. PMID:12242985

  1. Pelvic actinomycosis: a malignant appearing mass. A case report.

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    Pirenne, Y; Bouckaert, W; Vangertruyden, G

    2009-01-01

    Pelvic actinomycosis is a rare complication of a long-term intrauterine contraceptive device. Early diagnosis is important, as clinical and radiological imaging may mimic a malignant pathology and lead to radical and unnecessary surgery. We report a case of pelvic actinomycosis in a woman who had used an intrauterine contraceptive device for the last 13 years. The actinomycosis appeared as a malignant pelvic mass with invasion into the sigmoid and left ureter, with high-grade stenosis of these structures. Because of its rapidly developing obstructive character, an urgent Hartmann procedure with resection of the uterus and both ovaries was performed. Histology revealed actinomycosis. With this case we want to illustrate that for a woman presenting with an intrauterine contraceptive device and a malignant appearing mass in the pelvis, pelvic actinomycosis must be considered in the list of differential diagnosis, so that appropriate diagnostic work out and treatment can be made. PMID:19499694

  2. Retroperitoneal fibrosis and obstructive uropathy due to actinomycosis: case report of a treatment approach.

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    Yagmurdur, Mahmut Can; Akbulut, Sami; Colak, Aysel; Aygun, Cem; Haberal, Mehmet

    2009-01-01

    An actinomycotic retroperitoneal infection usually occurs in the presence of an intrauterine device (IUD). It can result in pelvic inflammatory disease and diffuse retroperitoneal fibrosis. A 39-year-old patient was admitted to the emergency unit with left flank pain. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen showed bilateral hydroureteronephrosis and a retroperitoneal malignant mass. Other tumors were excluded with a colonoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Results of a fine needle aspiration biopsy showed fibrosis compatible with retroperitoneal mesenteritis. Double-J stents were placed in both ureters, and immunosuppressive therapy was started. The patient had clinical and radiologic responses to the therapy. A bilateral ureterolysis and sigmoid colon resection were done. The pathology report showed fibrosis and Actinomyces israelii infection. Parenteral and oral penicillins were administered. The probability of an Actinomyces infection in patients with retroperitoneal fibrosis should be kept in mind, especially in cases in which the patient has an intrauterine device. PMID:20302022

  3. Peristaltic pumping and irreversibility of a Stokesian viscoelastic fluid

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    Teran, Joseph; Fauci, Lisa; Shelley, Michael

    2008-07-01

    Peristaltic pumping by wavelike contractions is a fundamental biomechanical mechanism for fluid and material transport and is used in the esophagus, intestine, oviduct, and ureter. While peristaltic pumping of a Newtonian fluid is well understood, in many important settings, as in the fluid dynamics of reproduction, the fluids have non-Newtonian responses. Here, we present a numerical method for simulating an Oldroyd-B fluid coupled to contractile, moving walls. A marker and cell grid-based projection method is used for the fluid equations and an immersed boundary method is used for coupling to a Lagrangian representation of the deforming walls. We examine numerically the peristaltic transport of a highly viscous Oldroyd-B fluid over a range of Weissenberg numbers and peristalsis wavelengths and amplitudes.

  4. Engineering Better Lithotripters.

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    Chaussy, Christian G; Tiselius, Hans-Gran

    2015-08-01

    Although shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) remains an excellent non-invasive method for active removal of stones from the ureter and kidney, its popularity has decreased during recent years and the arguments for choosing endoscopic procedures rather than the only non-invasive surgical procedure are usually based on the opinion that SWL results are inferior to those obtained with endoscopic methods. It is considered that slow technical progress has not sufficiently met the requirements of disintegration, reduced need of repeated treatments, shorter treatment duration and less negative effects on tissues. This article summarises some recently published articles that address these problems and have the aim of improving the function of lithotripters. Modification of the shock wave geometry, elimination or control of cavitation bubbles, and different techniques of disintegration studied in in vitro and in animal experiments suggest several possible future directions that might provide a basis for development of a new "gold standard" lithotripter. PMID:26077353

  5. Don’t get caught out! A rare case of a calcified urachal remnant mimicking a bladder calculus

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    Rodrigues, Jonathan Carl Luis; Gandhi, Sanjay

    2013-01-01

    Computer tomography through the kidneys, ureters and bladder (CT KUB) is the mainstay investigation of suspected renal tract calculi. However, several pathologies other than renal tract calculi can cause apparent urinary bladder calcification. We describe the case of a 45 year old man who presented with left sided renal colic. Prone CT KUB performed on admission revealed a calcified urachal remnant mimicking a urinary bladder calculus in the dependent portion of the urinary bladder, confirmed by reviewing the multi-planar reformatted images. This is the first reported case in the literature of this phenomenon. We discuss the importance of using multi-planar reformatted images (MPR) and maximum intensity projection images (MIP), as well as careful review of previous imaging, in making the correct diagnosis. We also discuss the differential diagnoses that should be considered when presented with urinary bladder calcification. PMID:23705044

  6. Ureteral rupture after blunt abdominal trauma in a child with unknown horseshoe kidney.

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    Mariotto, Arianna; Zampieri, Nicola; Cecchetto, Mariangela; Camoglio, Francesco Saverio

    2015-01-01

    More than 90% of renal injuries in children result from blunt abdominal trauma. A 10-year-old female had a blunt abdominal trauma with macro-hematuria. The computed tomography scan revealed the presence of a horseshoe kidney and a 3rd grade renal lesion and contrast leakage from the right ureter. The ureteral rupture was confirmed by cystoscopy and ascendant pyelography and than a double J-stent was implanted. The stent was removed one month later. Non-surgical management has become the standard of care for both ureteral and renal lesions in children. Non-surgical treatment is a safe procedure for renal trauma with ureteral rupture in children. PMID:26429120

  7. Challenging Case of Postmenopausal Bleeding and Complete Urogenital Duplication.

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    Grechukhina, Olga; English, Diana P; Miller, Devin; Ratner, Elena

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Müllerian duct anomalies represent a wide spectrum of congenital abnormalities ranging from simple uterine anomalies to more complex multisystem derangements. Complete duplication of uterus, cervix, and vagina may be associated with urologic and caudal gastrointestinal malformations. CASE REPORT We present a case report detailing the management of a morbidly obese patient with postmenopausal bleeding and thickened endometrial stripe who had a very rare condition of pelvic organ duplication, including 2 hemiuteri, 2 vaginas, 2 hemibladders, and 2 each of ovaries, fallopian tubes, kidneys, and ureters. Laparoscopic hysterectomy was complicated by difficulties understanding urinary system anatomy requiring intraoperative urology consultation and imaging. CONCLUSIONS Management of patients with urogenital duplication and abnormal uterine bleeding requires a thorough understanding of possible associated malformations. Thorough preoperative evaluation, careful surgical exploration, and multidisciplinary approach may be necessary to avoid urologic injury in such patients. PMID:27180733

  8. Perirenal pyelocaliceal diverticulum in an infant cat.

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    Tsujimoto, Saori; Okuda, Ken; Okuda, Hiroko; Une, Yumi; Nomura, Yasuo; Shirota, Kinji

    2005-03-01

    A 3-month-old female tortoise-shell cat showing azotemia died with a marked swollen abdomen. Necropsy revealed a huge perirenal cyst (8.5 x 6.0 x 4.5 cm) on the ventral aspect of the right kidney. The cyst was filled with the pellucid yellow fluid with a smell of urine. The lumen was connected with irregularly dilated renal pelvis by a narrow channel passing through the renal parenchyma. The cyst was lined by epithelial cells and its wall was consisted of collagen fibers and smooth muscle cells as that of the renal pelvis and ureter. Renal parenchyma adjacent to the channel showed interstitial infiltration of the lymphoid cells. The cyst was a diverticulum of the renal pelvis due to an impaired development. PMID:15805740

  9. Bladder Neck Rupture Following Perineal Bull Horn Injury: A Surgical Challenge

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    Padilla-Fernandez, B.; Diaz-Alferez, F.J.; Garcia-Garcia, M.A.; Herrero-Polo, M.; Velasquez-Saldarriaga, J.F.; Lorenzo-Gomez, M.F.

    2012-01-01

    Pelvic-abdominal injuries caused by goring are serious lesions which require rapid diagnosis and urgent treatment in the context of a polytraumatized patient. The simultaneous rupture of both the bladder and the prostatic-membranous urethra occurs in 10%–29% of males with pelvic fractures but bladder neck injuries in adults are rarer. Unstable pelvic fractures, bilateral fractures of the ischiopubic branches (also referred to as fractures from falling astride) and the diastasis of the pubic symphysis are those that have the greatest likelihood of injuring both the posterior urethra and the bladder. We present a case of perineal bull horn injury with muscle laceration, bone fractures, scrotal avulsion and rupture of the bladder neck involving the right ureter which required two operations to be repaired. PMID:23066348

  10. A Novel Mutation in SLC3A1 Gene in Patients With Cystinuria.

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    Markazi, Samaneh; Kheirollahi, Majid; Doosti, Abbas; Mohammadi, Mehrdad; Koulivand, Leila

    2016-01-01

    Cystinuria is an inherited disease characterized by the formation of cystine calculi in the kidneys, ureters,  and bladder. Cystinuria is associated with mutation in the SLC3A1 and SLC7A9 genes. These defects prevent appropriate reabsorption of dibasic amino acids lysine, ornithine, and arginine. Cystinuria is classified as type I (silent heterozygotes) and non-type I (heterozygotes with urinary hyperexcretion of cystine). In molecular term, cystinuria is classified as type A (mutations on SLC3A1 gene) and type B (mutations on SLC7A9 gene). This report describes 7 patients with early onset of cystine calculus formation. We are report a new mutation in SLC3A1 gene in exon 1. A novel nucleotide substitution c.-29A>G was found in exon 1 of the SLC3A1 gene, which had not been reported elsewhere previously. PMID:26837681

  11. Radionuclide studies of chronic schistosomal uropathy

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    Lamki, L.M.; Lamki, N.

    1981-08-01

    Fifty patients with chronic urinary tract schistosomiasis were studied with /sup 99m/Tc-DTPA. All had a flow study, sequential analog imaging, and digital imaging for 25-35 minutes (20-sec. frames). Time-activity curves (DTPA renograms) were extracted; 12 patients had /sup 131/I-Hippuran probe renograms as well. Renal changes included diminished perfusion and structural abnormalities ranging from minor calyceal dilatation to overt hydronephrosis. Ureteral changes included dilatation, tortuosity, and kinking. Marked distortion of the ureterovesical tunction was seen in some patients due to periureteral and perivesicular fibrosis, which is a major factor in upper urinary tract damage. Renograms showed varying obstruction and parenchymal damage. Nuclear medicine complements excretory urography and is sometimes preferable for visualization of the ureters. After the initial urogram, sequential DTPA scanning and renography are sufficient for follow-up.

  12. Radionuclide studies of chronic schistosomal uropathy. [/sup 99m/Tc-DTPA; /sup 131/I-hippuran

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    Lamki, L.M.; Lamki, N.

    1981-08-01

    Fifty patients with chronic urinary tract schistosomiasis were studied with /sup 99m/Tc-DTPA. All had a flow study, sequential analog imaging, and digital imaging for 25 to 35 min (20-sec frames). Time-activity curves (DTPA renograms) were extracted; 12 patients had /sup 131/I-Hippuran probe renograms as well. Renal changes included diminished perfusion and structural abnormalities ranging from minor calyceal dilatation to overt hydronephrosis. Ureteral changes included dilatation, tortuosity, and kinking. Marked distortion of the ureterovesical junction was seen in some patients due to periureteral and perivesicular fibrosis, which is a major factor in upper urinary tract damage. Renograms showed varying obstruction and parenchymal damage. Nuclear medicine complements excretory urography and is sometimes preferable for visualization of the ureters. After the initial urogram, sequential DTPA scanning and renography are sufficient for follow-up.

  13. Ureteric Suture Urolithiasis Following Open Emergency Ureteric Repair.

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    Sarmah, Piyush B; Kelly, Brian D; Devarajan, Raghuram

    2016-02-01

    Suture urolithiasis is an unusual but recognised phenomenon following surgery on the urinary tract. We report a case in a 30-year-old man who sustained a gunshot injury to the left ureter in Burundi and underwent open ureteric repair in a regional hospital. He migrated to the UK and presented one year later with left loin pain. An intravenous urogram revealed two foci of calcification to the left of L3, within a peri-ureteric position. The patient underwent left-sided ureteroscopy where two calculi each formed around a nylon suture were discovered within a ureteric pseudo-diverticulum, and basketed. This is the first reported case of suture urolithiasis occurring following ureteric surgery. PMID:26989371

  14. 45,X/47,XXX Mosaicism and Short Stature

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    Everest, Erica; Tsilianidis, Laurie A.; Haider, Anzar; Rogers, Douglas G.; Raissouni, Nouhad; Schweiger, Bahareh

    2015-01-01

    We describe the case of a ten-year-old girl with short stature and 45,X/47,XXX genotype. She also suffered from vesicoureteric reflux and kidney dysfunction prior to having surgery on her ureters. Otherwise, she does not have any of the characteristics of Turner nor Triple X syndrome. It has been shown that this mosaic condition as well as other varieties creates a milder phenotype than typical Turner syndrome, which is what we mostly see in our patient. However, this patient is a special case, because she is exceptionally short. Overall, one cannot predict the resultant phenotype in these mosaic conditions. This creates difficulty in counseling parents whose children or fetuses have these karyotypes. PMID:26137340

  15. Dna synthesis in the urinary-tract epithelium of the rat induced by laparotomy and by intraperitoneal injection of distilled water, physiological saline and lycopodium spores.

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    Herbertson, B. M.; King, A. J.; Allen, J.

    1982-01-01

    The tritiated thymidine labelling index (LI) of the epithelium of the ureters and urinary bladder of young male Wistar rats is substantially increased 18 h after a simple laparotomy incision. A similar highly significant increase (P less than 0.001) has been observed after a single i.p. injection of various materials, including (a) distilled water, (b) 0.5% glycogen in physiological saline, and (c) 1% suspension of lycopodium spores in physiological saline. In each instance an aseptic inflammatory response develops in the peritoneal cavity. Reasons are given supporting the concept that a mitogen is produced from a constituent of the inflammatory exudate in the peritoneal cavity and that the factor reaches the affected epithelium by direct diffusion. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:7150509

  16. Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy: The Distal Ureteral Dilemma

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    Srirangam, Shalom J.; van Cleynenbreugel, Ben; van Poppel, Hein

    2009-01-01

    Transitional cell carcinoma affecting the upper urinary tract, though uncommon, constitutes a serious urologic disease. Radical nephroureterectomy remains the treatment of choice but has undergone numerous modifications over the years. Although the standard technique has not been defined, the laparoscopic approach has gained in popularity in the last two decades. The most appropriate oncological management of the distal ureteral and bladder cuff has been a subject of much debate. The aim of the nephroureterectomy procedure is to remove the entire ipsilateral upper tract in continuity while avoiding extravesical transfer of tumor-containing urine during bladder surgery. A myriad of technical modifications have been described. In this article, we review the literature and present an overview of the options for dealing with the lower ureter during radical nephroureterectomy. PMID:19020654

  17. Human Alpha Defensin 5 Expression in the Human Kidney and Urinary Tract

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    Porter, Edith; Bevins, Charles L.; DiRosario, Julianne; Becknell, Brian; Wang, Huanyu

    2012-01-01

    Background The mechanisms that maintain sterility in the urinary tract are incompletely understood. Recent studies have implicated the importance of antimicrobial peptides (AMP) in protecting the urinary tract from infection. Here, we characterize the expression and relevance of the AMP human alpha-defensin 5 (HD5) in the human kidney and urinary tract in normal and infected subjects. Methodology/Principal Findings Using RNA isolated from human kidney, ureter, and bladder tissue, we performed quantitative real-time PCR to show that DEFA5, the gene encoding HD5, is constitutively expressed throughout the urinary tract. With pyelonephritis, DEFA5 expression significantly increased in the kidney. Using immunoblot analysis, HD5 production also increased with pyelonephritis. Immunostaining localized HD5 to the urothelium of the bladder and ureter. In the kidney, HD5 was primarily produced in the distal nephron and collecting tubules. Using immunoblot and ELISA assays, HD5 was not routinely detected in non-infected human urine samples while mean urinary HD5 production increased with E.coli urinary tract infection. Conclusions/Significance DEFA5 is expressed throughout the urinary tract in non-infected subjects. Specifically, HD5 is expressed throughout the urothelium of the lower urinary tract and in the collecting tubules of the kidney. With infection, HD5 expression increases in the kidney and levels become detectable in the urine. To our knowledge, our findings represent the first to quantitate HD5 expression and production in the human kidney. Moreover, this is the first report to detect the presence of HD5 in infected urine samples. Our results suggest that HD5 may have an important role in maintaining urinary tract sterility. PMID:22359618

  18. Retroperitoneal Fibrosis: A Retrospective Clinical Data Analysis of 30 Patients in a 10-year Period

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    Zhou, Hai-Jiang; Yan, Yong; Zhou, Biao; Lan, Tian-Fei; Wang, Xue-Yan; Li, Chun-Sheng

    2015-01-01

    Background: Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) is an uncommon disease that is characterized by development of fibrosclerotic tissues involving retroperitoneal structures. This study aimed to investigate the clinical features of 30 patients with RPF in a single center in Beijing in a 10-year period. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed clinical data on demographic characteristics, clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, radiological findings, modalities of treatments, outcomes and prognosis of 30 patients with RPF. Patients were treated in Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital between January 2003 and December 2013. Results: The mean age of patients with RPF was 56.7 ± 14.4 years. Twenty-three patients were men and seven patients were women. Acute phase reactants were elevated in most patients. Rheumatic factor was positive in 4/25 (16.0%) patients, and antinuclear antibody was positive in 6/22 (27.3%) patients. Elevation of IgG4 was observed in 9/22 (40.9%) patients. The most common type was I + III (n = 13), followed by I + II + III (n = 12). Five patients undertook an 18F-fluoro-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography examination and increased uptake was detected in four patients. Eight patients received combination therapy with glucocorticoids and tamoxifen. Surgical intervention treatments included intraureteral double-J stent implantation (n = 26), percutaneous nephrostomy (n = 2), open ureterolysis and intraperitonealization of the ureters (n = 5) and laparoscopic ureterolysis and intraperitonealization of the ureters (n = 5). Three patients underwent hemodialysis because of renal failure. Conclusions: Clinical characteristics of RPF patients in our study are similar to those previously reported. Steroids and immunosuppressive therapy combined with ureterolysis could be a viable choice of treatment for RPF. More prospective, multi-center studies with a longer follow-up are warranted. PMID:25758277

  19. Comparison of Two Types of Double-J Ureteral Stents that Differ in Diameter and the Existence of Multiple Side Holes along the Straight Portion in Malignant Ureteral Strictures

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    Song, Myung Gyu Seo, Tae-Seok Lee, Chang Hee Kim, Kyeong Ah; Kim, Jun Suk Oh, Sang Cheul; Lee, Jae-Kwan

    2015-06-15

    PurposeThis study was decided to evaluate the impact of diameter and the existences of multiple side holes along the straight portion of double-J ureteral stents (DJUS) on early dysfunction of stents placed for malignant ureteral strictures.MethodsBetween April 2007 and December 2011, 141 DJUSs were placed via a percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) tract in 110 consecutive patients with malignant ureteral strictures. 7F DJUSs with multiple side holes in the straight portion were placed in 58 ureters of 43 patients (Group 1). 8F DJUSs with three side holes in the proximal 2-cm of the straight portion were placed in 83 ureters of 67 patients (Group 2). The incidence of early DJUS dysfunction was compared between the two groups, and nephrostographic findings were evaluated in the cases of early dysfunction.ResultsEarly dysfunction of the DJUS was noted in 14 of 58 patients (24.1 %) in Group 1, which was significantly higher (p = 0.001) than in Group 2 in which only 1 of 83 patients (1.2 %) had early dysfunction of the DJUS. Nephrostographic findings of early dysfunction included dilatation of the pelvicalyceal system, filling defects in the ureteral stent, and no passage of contrast media into the urinary bladder.ConclusionsIn malignant ureteral strictures, multiple side holes in the straight portion of the 7-F DJUS seem to cause early dysfunction. The 8F DJUSs with three side holes in the proximal 2-cm of the straight portion may be superior at preventing early dysfunction.

  20. Tbx18 Regulates the Differentiation of Periductal Smooth Muscle Stroma and the Maintenance of Epithelial Integrity in the Prostate

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    Guimarães-Camboa, Nuno; Zhang, Huimin; Troy, Joseph M.; Lu, Xiaochen; Kispert, Andreas; Evans, Sylvia M.; Stubbs, Lisa

    2016-01-01

    The T-box transcription factor TBX18 is essential to mesenchymal cell differentiation in several tissues and Tbx18 loss-of-function results in dramatic organ malformations and perinatal lethality. Here we demonstrate for the first time that Tbx18 is required for the normal development of periductal smooth muscle stromal cells in prostate, particularly in the anterior lobe, with a clear impact on prostate health in adult mice. Prostate abnormalities are only subtly apparent in Tbx18 mutants at birth; to examine postnatal prostate development we utilized a relatively long-lived hypomorphic mutant and a novel conditional Tbx18 allele. Similar to the ureter, cells that fail to express Tbx18 do not condense normally into smooth muscle cells of the periductal prostatic stroma. However, in contrast to ureter, the periductal stromal cells in mutant prostate assume a hypertrophic, myofibroblastic state and the adjacent epithelium becomes grossly disorganized. To identify molecular events preceding the onset of this pathology, we compared gene expression in the urogenital sinus (UGS), from which the prostate develops, in Tbx18-null and wild type littermates at two embryonic stages. Genes that regulate cell proliferation, smooth muscle differentiation, prostate epithelium development, and inflammatory response were significantly dysregulated in the mutant urogenital sinus around the time that Tbx18 is first expressed in the wild type UGS, suggesting a direct role in regulating those genes. Together, these results argue that Tbx18 is essential to the differentiation and maintenance of the prostate periurethral mesenchyme and that it indirectly regulates epithelial differentiation through control of stromal-epithelial signaling. PMID:27120339

  1. Chronically Elevated Levels of Short-Chain Fatty Acids Induce T Cell-Mediated Ureteritis and Hydronephrosis.

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    Park, Jeongho; Goergen, Craig J; HogenEsch, Harm; Kim, Chang H

    2016-03-01

    Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are major products of gut microbial fermentation and profoundly affect host health and disease. SCFAs generate IL-10(+) regulatory T cells, which may promote immune tolerance. However, SCFAs can also induce Th1 and Th17 cells upon immunological challenges and, therefore, also have the potential to induce inflammatory responses. Because of the seemingly paradoxical SCFA activities in regulating T cells, we investigated, in depth, the impact of elevated SCFA levels on T cells and tissue inflammation in mice. Orally administered SCFAs induced effector (Th1 and Th17) and regulatory T cells in ureter and kidney tissues, and they induced T cell-mediated ureteritis, leading to kidney hydronephrosis (hereafter called acetate-induced renal disease, or C2RD). Kidney hydronephrosis in C2RD was caused by ureteral obstruction, which was, in turn, induced by SCFA-induced inflammation in the ureteropelvic junction and proximal ureter. Oral administration of all major SCFAs, such as acetate, propionate, and butyrate, induced the disease. We found that C2RD development is dependent on mammalian target of rapamycin activation, T cell-derived inflammatory cytokines such as IFN-γ and IL-17, and gut microbiota. Young or male animals were more susceptible than old or female animals, respectively. However, SCFA receptor (GPR41 or GPR43) deficiency did not affect C2RD development. Thus, SCFAs, when systemically administered at levels higher than physiological levels, cause dysregulated T cell responses and tissue inflammation in the renal system. The results provide insights into the immunological and pathological effects of chronically elevated SCFAs. PMID:26819206

  2. Fos expression in spinothalamic and postsynaptic dorsal column neurons following noxious visceral and cutaneous stimuli.

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    Palecek, J; Paleckova, V; Willis, W D

    2003-07-01

    The spinothalamic tract (STT) has been classically viewed as the major ascending pathway for pain transmission while the dorsal column (DC) was thought to be involved primarily in signaling innocuous stimuli. Recent clinical studies have shown that limited midline myelotomy, which transects fibers in the DC, offers good pain relief in patients with visceral cancer pain. Experimental studies provided evidence that a DC lesion decreases the activation of thalamic neurons by visceral stimuli and suggested that this effect is due to transection of the axons of postsynaptic dorsal column (PSDC) neurons. In our study, Fos protein expression in retrogradely labeled STT and PSDC neurons in the lumbosacral enlargement in rats was used as an anatomical marker of enhanced activation to compare the role of these neurons in cutaneous and visceral pain. The noxious stimuli used were intradermal injection of capsaicin and distention of the ureter. Retrogradely labeled PSDC neurons were found in laminae III-IV and in the vicinity of the central canal. STT neurons were located in laminae I, III-VII and X. Ureter distention evoked Fos expression in PSDC and STT neurons located in all laminae in which retrogradely labeled cells were found, with the maximum in the L(2) spinal segment. The Fos-positive PSDC neurons represented a significantly higher percentage of the retrogradely labeled PSDC neurons (19.3+/-2.3% SEM) than of the STT Fos-positive neurons (13.2+/-1.5% SEM). Intradermal capsaicin injection also evoked Fos expression in both PSDC and STT neurons, but with no significant difference between these two, when expressed as a percentage of the retrogradely labeled cells (11.6+/-2.9% SEM, 10.8+/-1.1% SEM). These results show that both PSDC and STT neurons are activated by cutaneous and visceral noxious stimuli. Their particular role in transmission and modulation of painful stimuli needs to be investigated further. PMID:12855335

  3. Genitourinary schistosomiasis: life cycle and radiologic-pathologic findings.

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    Shebel, Haytham M; Elsayes, Khaled M; Abou El Atta, Heba M; Elguindy, Yehia M; El-Diasty, Tarek A

    2012-01-01

    Genitourinary schistosomiasis is produced by Schistosoma haematobium, a species of fluke that is endemic to Africa and the Middle East, and causes substantial morbidity and mortality in those regions. It also may be seen elsewhere, as a result of travel or immigration. S haematobium, one of the five fluke species that account for most human cases of schistosomiasis, is the only species that infects the genitourinary system, where it may lead to a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms and signs. In the early stages, it primarily involves the bladder and ureters; later, the kidneys and genital organs are involved. It rarely infects the colon or lungs. A definitive diagnosis of genitourinary schistosomiasis is based on findings of parasite ova at microscopic urinalysis. Clinical manifestations and radiologic imaging features also may be suggestive of the disease, even at an early stage: Hematuria, dysuria, and hemospermia, early clinical signs of an established S haematobium infection, appear within 3 months after infection. At imaging, fine ureteral calcifications that appear as a line or parallel lines on abdominopelvic radiographs and as a circular pattern on axial images from computed tomography (CT) are considered pathognomonic of early-stage schistosomiasis. Ureteritis, pyelitis, and cystitis cystica, conditions that are characterized by air bubble-like filling defects representing ova deposited in the ureter, kidney, and bladder, respectively, may be seen at intravenous urography, intravenous ureteropyelography, and CT urography. Coarse calcification, fibrosis, and strictures are signs of chronic or late-stage schistosomiasis. Such changes may be especially severe in the bladder, creating a predisposition to squamous cell carcinoma. Genital involvement, which occurs more often in men than in women, predominantly affects the prostate and seminal vesicles. PMID:22786992

  4. A biomechanical simulation of ureteral flow during peristalsis using intraluminal morphometric data.

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    Vahidi, Bahman; Fatouraee, Nasser

    2012-04-01

    Reflux nephropathy and vesicoureteral reflux are two of the most important abnormalities in the upper urinary system in which toxins and bacteria from the bladder infect the ureter and the kidney and initiate renal scar formation. A quantitative analysis that characterizes urine flow will further help our understanding of the ureter and also assist in the design of flow aided devices such as valves and stents to correct reflux situations. Here, A numerical simulation with fluid-structure interactions (FSI) using arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) formulation and adaptive mesh procedure was introduced and solved to perform ureteral flow analysis. Incompressible Navier-Stokes equations were utilized as the governing equations of fluid domain. Ureteral in-vivo morphometric data during peristalsis were used to construct the presented model. A nonlinear material model was used to exhibit ureteral wall mechanical properties. Direct coupling method was used to solve the solid, fluid and interface equations simultaneously. Results showed that recirculation regions formed against the jet flow, neighboring the bolus peak. Through wave propagation, separation occurred behind the moving bolus on the wall and ureteropelvic reflux began from that location and extended upstream to the ureteral inlet. The maximum luminal pressure consistently occurred behind the urine bolus during peristalsis. The measured magnitude of maximum volumetric flow rate resulted from isolated bolus transportation was 0.92 ml/min. In conclusion; due to presence of fluid inertial forces during peristalsis, the function of ureteropelvic junction in prevention of reflux is significant, especially at the beginning of peristaltic wave propagation. Moreover, modeling of ureteral function using imaging data will be valuable and it may help physicians to diagnose and cure the abnormalities. PMID:22214750

  5. Chromosome 3 duplication q21 leads to qter deletion p25 leads to pter syndrome in children of carriers of a pericentric inversion inv(3) (p25q21).

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    Allderdice, P W; Browne, N; Murphy, D P

    1975-01-01

    Close phenotypic similarity between two cases carrying a rec(3) dup q,inv(3) (p25q21), 12 additional infants from the same inv (3)(p25q21) kindred who lived less than 1 year, and eight cases studied in other medical centers has led us to postulate the existence of a distinct chromosome 3 duplication-deletion syndrome. In the presence of trisomy for (3)q21 leads to qter and monosomy for (3)p25 leads to pter, the facial dysmorphy is unique: a distorted head shape due to irregular cranial sutures, thick low eyebrows, long eyelashes, persistent lanugo, distended veins on the scalp, hypertelorism, oblique palpebral fissures, a very short nose with a broad depressed bridge and anteverted nares, protruding maxilla, thin upper lip, micrognathia, low-set ears, and a short webbed neck. Port-wine stains, congenital glaucoma, cloudy corneas, cleft palate and harelip also occur frequently. Each infant has difficulty sucking and swallowing. Congenital anomalies of the cardiovascular system, of midgut rotation, and of the urogenital system are noted for the infants who died neonatally. Most frequent is a ventricular septal defect, followed by atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, patent foramen ovale, and coarctation of the aorta. Omphalocele, umbilical hernia, hyperplastic kidneys, polycystic kidneys, double ureter, hydro-ureter, hydronephrosis, and undescended testes often occur. The extremities are short in proportion to the length of the trunk. Clinodactyly, coxa valga, talipes, and spina bifida are frequently observed. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 Fig. 5 Fig. 7 Fig. 8 PMID:1200027

  6. Compartmental analysis of RBC circulation through the rabbit kidney.

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    Song, S H; Song, H J; Choi, K S; Park, Y C; Kim, H J; Paik, K S

    1992-12-01

    This experiment involved 12 rabbits of both sexes, weighing 2.1 kg. After anesthesia, the kidneys were exposed, isolated and cannulated in the renal artery, ureter and sometimes in the vein as well. The kidney were perfused through the renal artery with Krebs-Henseleit solution, which were then filtered to be free of particles, gased with 95% O2-5% CO2, and kept at 37 degrees C. We measured RBCs concentrations by means of Coulter Counter in the venous outflow collected, and plotted them against the volume perfused. Using 2 different flow rates, 9 ml/min (group I) and 19 ml/min (group II), we found that the RBCs decreased in a multiexponential decay fashion and a biophysical model for each flow rate was constructed. These models indicated that there were more cell stores (2.20 x 10(10)) in the fast compartment of group II than in group I (1.72 x 10(10)). This difference is not statistically significant, but certainly coincides with urine flow collected from ureter cannula during perfusion. Our present data clearly suggest that in order to clear 99% blood cells out of 10-12 gm rabbit kidneys, at least 3-6 ml of cell free perfusate is required while clearing the whole blood cells out of human kidneys (200-240 gm) may need 600 ml or more. Thus, we recommend that at least 600 ml of perfusate should be used to clear most of the blood cells in the renal vasculature before renal transplantation is performed. PMID:1309009

  7. Urothelial Defects from Targeted Inactivation of Exocyst Sec10 in Mice Cause Ureteropelvic Junction Obstructions

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    Fogelgren, Ben; Polgar, Noemi; Lui, Vanessa H.; Lee, Amanda J.; Tamashiro, Kadee-Kalia A.; Napoli, Josephine Andrea; Walton, Chad B.; Zuo, Xiaofeng; Lipschutz, Joshua H.

    2015-01-01

    Most cases of congenital obstructive nephropathy are the result of ureteropelvic junction obstructions, and despite their high prevalence, we have a poor understanding of their etiology and scarcity of genetic models. The eight-protein exocyst complex regulates polarized exocytosis of intracellular vesicles in a large variety of cell types. Here we report generation of a conditional knockout mouse for Sec10, a central component of the exocyst, which is the first conditional allele for any exocyst gene. Inactivation of Sec10 in ureteric bud-derived cells using Ksp1.3-Cre mice resulted in severe bilateral hydronephrosis and complete anuria in newborns, with death occurring 6–14 hours after birth. Sec10FL/FL;Ksp-Cre embryos developed ureteropelvic junction obstructions between E17.5 and E18.5 as a result of degeneration of the urothelium and subsequent overgrowth by surrounding mesenchymal cells. The urothelial cell layer that lines the urinary tract must maintain a hydrophobic luminal barrier again urine while remaining highly stretchable. This barrier is largely established by production of uroplakin proteins that are transported to the apical surface to establish large plaques. By E16.5, Sec10FL/FL;Ksp-Cre ureter and pelvic urothelium showed decreased uroplakin-3 protein at the luminal surface, and complete absence of uroplakin-3 by E17.5. Affected urothelium at the UPJ showed irregular barriers that exposed the smooth muscle layer to urine, suggesting this may trigger the surrounding mesenchymal cells to overgrow the lumen. Findings from this novel mouse model show Sec10 is critical for the development of the urothelium in ureters, and provides experimental evidence that failure of this urothelial barrier may contribute to human congenital urinary tract obstructions. PMID:26046524

  8. Treatment of ureteral calculus obstruction with laser lithotripsy in an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).

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    Schmitt, Todd L; Sur, Roger L

    2012-03-01

    An adult female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) presented with acute anorexia secondary to progressive azotemia (blood urea nitrogen = 213 mg/dl, creatinine [Cr] = 9.5 mg/dl) and electrolyte abnormalities (K = 7.4 mEq/L). It was later diagnosed with postrenal obstruction secondary to bilaterally obstructing ureteral calculi seen on ultrasound. Treatment of the obstruction required two endoscopic procedures, cystoscopy for ureteral stent placement and ureteroscopy to perform intracorporeal lithotripsy on the obstructing calculi. Before the first procedure, the dolphin's azotemia was stabilized with aggressive fluid therapy, peritoneal dialysis, and treatment for acidosis. Diuresis subsequent to the fluid therapy enabled passage of the right obstructing urolith. For both endoscopic procedures, the dolphin was placed in left lateral recumbency due to the peritoneal dialysis catheter in the right retroperitoneal region. For the first procedure, a 12-French (Fr) flexible cystoscope was inserted retrograde into the bladder via the urethra, whereupon a calculus was seen obstructing the left ureteral orifice. A 4.8-Fr, 26-cm double-pigtail ureteral stent was placed up the left ureter to relieve the postrenal obstruction. Inadvertent proximal migration of the left ureteral stent occurred during the procedure. However, renal parameters (serum Cr = 5.8, K = 5.4) improved significantly by the next day. For the second procedure, 28 hr later, ureteroscopy was performed to treat the calculus and replace the existing stent with a longer stent. The left ureteral calculus was pulverized into tiny fragments by using a holmium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser inserted through a 6.9-Fr semirigid ureteroscope. The migrated stent was visualized in the distal left ureter and replaced with a 90-cm single-pigtail ureteral stent that was sutured exterior to the urogenital slit and removed 3 days later. Renal function normalized over the next several days, and the dolphin recovered over the next 2 mo. PMID:22448516

  9. Uroplakins in Urothelial Biology, Function and Disease

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    Wu, Xue-Ru; Kong, Xiang-Peng; Pellicer, Angel; Kreibich, Gert; Sun, Tung-Tien

    2013-01-01

    Urothelium covers the inner surfaces of the renal pelvis, ureter, bladder and prostatic urethra. Although morphologically indistinguishable, the urothelia in these anatomic locations differ in their embryonic origin and lineages of cellular differentiation, as reflected in their different uroplakin content, expandability during micturition and susceptibility to chemical carcinogens. Previously thought to be an inert tissue forming a passive barrier between the urine and blood, urothelia have recently been shown to have a secretory activity that actively modifies the urine composition. Urothelial cells express a number of ion channels, receptors and ligands, enabling them to receive and send signals and communicate with adjoining cells and their broader environment. The urothelial surface bears specific receptors that not only allow uropathogenic E. coli to attach to and invade into the bladder mucosa, but also provide a route by which the bacteria ascend via the ureters to the kidney to cause pyelonephritis. Genetic ablation of one or more uroplakin genes in mice causes severe retrograde vesicoureteral reflux, hydronephrosis and renal failure, conditions that mirror certain human congenital diseases. Clearly, abnormalities of the lower urinary tract can impact on the upper tract, and vice versa, through the urothelial connection. In this review, we highlight recent advances in the field of urothelial biology by focusing on the uroplakins, a group of urothelium-specific and differentiation-dependent integral membrane proteins. We discuss these proteins’ biochemistry, structure, assembly, intracellular trafficking and their emerging roles in urothelial biology, function and pathological processes. We also call attention to important areas where greater investigative efforts are warranted. PMID:19340092

  10. Shock wave lithotripsy outcomes for lower pole and non-lower pole stones from a university teaching hospital: Parallel group comparison during the same time period

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    Geraghty, Robert; Burr, Jacob; Simmonds, Nick; Somani, Bhaskar K.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) is a treatment option for all locations of renal and ureteric stones. We compared the results of SWL for lower pole renal stones with all other non-lower pole renal and ureteric stones during the same time period. Material and Methods: All SWL procedures were carried out as day case procedures by a mobile lithotripter from January 2012 to August 2013. The follow-up imaging was a combination of KUB X-ray or USS. Following SWL treatment, the stone free rate (SFR) was defined as ≤3 mm fragments. Results: A total of 148 patients with a mean age of 62 years underwent 201 procedures. Of the 201 procedures, 93 (46%) were for lower pole stones. The non-lower pole stones included upper pole (n = 36), mid pole (n = 40), renal pelvis (n = 10), PUJ (n = 8), mid ureter (n = 3), upper ureter (n = 5) and a combination of upper, middle and/or lower pole (n = 6). The mean stone size for lower pole stones (7.4 mm; range: 4-16 mm) was slightly smaller than non-lower pole stones (8 mm; range: 4-17 mm). The stone fragmentation was successful in 124 (62%) of patients. However, the SFR was statistically significantly better (P = 0.023) for non-lower pole stones 43 (40%) compared to lower pole stones 23 (25%). There were 9 (4%) minor complications and this was not significantly different in the two groups. Conclusions: Although SWL achieves a moderately high stone fragmentation rate with a low complication rate, the SFR is variable depending on the location of stone and the definition of SFR, with lower pole stones fairing significantly worse than stones in all other locations. PMID:25657543

  11. Intracorporeal lithotripsy with the holmium:YAG laser

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    Denstedt, John D.; Razvi, Hassan A.; Chun, Samuel S.; Sales, Jack L.

    1995-05-01

    A variety of devices are currently available for intracorporeal stone fragmentation. Recently a new wavelength of laser, the Holmium:YAG, has demonstrated a variety of potential urologic applications including ablation of soft tissue lesions as well as stone fragmentation. This laser has a wavelength of 2100 nm and operates in a pulsed mode. Energy is delivered through a 400 um quartz end-firing fiber. In this presentation we review our clinical experience with the Holmium:YAG laser for the treatment of renal and ureteral calculi. Over a 23 month period, 63 patients underwent 67 procedures. Seven procedures consisted of percutaneous nephrolithotripsy for large or staghorn renal calculi. Sixty procedures were performed for ureteral stones. Procedures for proximal ureteral stones (6) employed a retrograde approach using flexible ureteroscopes (8.5 or 9.8). Stones in the mid ureter (12) and distal ureter (42) were approached transurethrally using a 6.9 rigid ureteroscope. Complete stone fragmentation without the need for additional procedures was achieved in 82% of cases. Treatment failures included 1 stone migration into the renal pelvis during laser activation, 6 patients who had incomplete fragmentation and 3 patients in which laser malfunction precluded complete fragmentation. Stone analysis available in 23 patients revealed calcium oxalate monohydrate (15), calcium oxalate dihydrate (2), cystine (2), uric acid (3) and calcium phosphate (1). A single complication of ureteral perforation occurred when the laser was fired without direct visual guidance. Radiographic follow-up at an average of 16 weeks is available in 22 patients and has identified 2 patients with ureteral strictures that are not believed to be related to laser lithotripsy. In summary, we have found the Holmium:YAG laser to be a reliable and versatile device for intracorporeal lithotripsy. Its safety and efficacy make it a suitable alternative for performing intracorporeal lithotripsy of urinary calculi.

  12. Long-Term Lithium Use and Risk of Renal and Upper Urinary Tract Cancers

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    Hallas, Jesper; Jensen, Boye L.; Madsen, Kirsten; Friis, Søren

    2016-01-01

    Lithium induces proliferation in the epithelium of renal collecting ducts. A recent small-scale cohort study reported a strong association between use of lithium and increased risk of renal neoplasia. We therefore conducted a large-scale pharmacoepidemiologic study of the association between long-term use of lithium and risk of upper urinary tract cancer, including renal cell cancer and cancers of the renal pelvis or ureter. We identified all histologically verified upper urinary tract cancer cases in Denmark between 2000 and 2012 from the Danish Cancer Registry. A total of 6477 cases were matched by age and sex to 259,080 cancer-free controls. Data on lithium use from 1995 to 2012 were obtained from the Danish Prescription Registry. We estimated the association between long-term use of lithium (≥5 years) and risk of upper urinary tract cancer using conditional logistic regression with adjustment for potential confounders. Long-term use of lithium was observed among 0.22% of cases and 0.17% of controls. This yielded an overall nonsignificant adjusted odds ratio (OR) of 1.3 (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 0.8–2.2) for upper urinary tract cancer associated with long-term use of lithium. Analyses stratified by stage and subtype of upper urinary tract cancer revealed slight but nonsignificant increases in the ORs for localized disease (OR, 1.6; 95% CI, 0.8–3.0) and for renal pelvis/ureter cancers (OR, 1.7; 95% CI, 0.5–5.4). In conclusion, in our nationwide case-control study, use of lithium was not associated with an increased risk of upper urinary tract cancer. PMID:25941353

  13. Expression and Antimicrobial Function of Beta-Defensin 1 in the Lower Urinary Tract

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    Becknell, Brian; Spencer, John David; Carpenter, Ashley R.; Chen, Xi; Singh, Aspinder; Ploeger, Suzanne; Kline, Jennifer; Ellsworth, Patrick; Li, Birong; Proksch, Ehrhardt; Schwaderer, Andrew L.; Hains, David S.; Justice, Sheryl S.; McHugh, Kirk M.

    2013-01-01

    Beta defensins (BDs) are cationic peptides with antimicrobial activity that defend epithelial surfaces including the skin, gastrointestinal, and respiratory tracts. However, BD expression and function in the urinary tract are incompletely characterized. The purpose of this study was to describe Beta Defensin-1 (BD-1) expression in the lower urinary tract, regulation by cystitis, and antimicrobial activity toward uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) in vivo. Human DEFB1 and orthologous mouse Defb1 mRNA are detectable in bladder and ureter homogenates, and human BD-1 protein localizes to the urothelium. To determine the relevance of BD-1 to lower urinary tract defense in vivo, we evaluated clearance of UPEC by Defb1 knockout (Defb1-/-) mice. At 6, 18, and 48 hours following transurethral UPEC inoculation, no significant differences were observed in bacterial burden in bladders or kidneys of Defb1-/- and wild type C57BL/6 mice. In wild type mice, bladder Defb1 mRNA levels decreased as early as two hours post-infection and reached a nadir by six hours. RT-PCR profiling of BDs identified expression of Defb3 and Defb14 mRNA in murine bladder and ureter, which encode for mBD-3 and mBD-14 protein, respectively. MBD-14 protein expression was observed in bladder urothelium following UPEC infection, and both mBD-3 and mBD-14 displayed dose-dependent bactericidal activity toward UPEC in vitro. Thus, whereas mBD-1 deficiency does not alter bladder UPEC burden in vivo, we have identified mBD-3 and mBD-14 as potential mediators of mucosal immunity in the lower urinary tract. PMID:24204930

  14. Efficacy of dextranomer hyaluronic acid and polyacrylamide hydrogel in endoscopic treatment of vesicoureteral reflux: A comparative study

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    Blais, Anne-Sophie; Morin, Fannie; Cloutier, Jonathan; Moore, Katherine; Bolduc, Stéphane

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Various bulking agents are available for vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) endoscopic treatment, but their inconsistent success rates and costs are concerns for urologists. Recently, polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAHG) has been shown to have a good overall success rate, which seems comparable to dextranomer hyaluronic acid (Dx/HA), currently the most popular bulking agent. Our objective was to compare the short-term success rate of PAHG and Dx/HA for VUR endoscopic treatment in children. Methods: We performed a prospective non-randomized study using PAHG and Dx/HA to treat VUR grades I to IV in pediatric patients. All patients underwent endoscopic sub-ureteric injection of PAHG or Dx/HA, using the double-HIT technique, followed by a 3-month postoperative renal ultrasound and voiding cystourethrogram. Treatment success was defined as the absence of de novo or worsening hydronephrosis and absence of VUR. Results: A total of 90 pediatric patients underwent an endoscopic injection: 45 patients (78 ureters) with PAHG and 45 patients (71 ureters) with Dx/HA. The mean injected volume of PAHG and Dx/HA was 1.1 mL and 1.0 mL, respectively. The overall success rate 3 months after a single treatment was 73.1% for PAHG and 77.5% for Dx/HA. Postoperatively, 1 patient in each group presented with acute pyelonephritis and 2 patients in the Dx/HA group developed symptomatic ureteral obstruction. Conclusion: Success rates of PAGH and Dx/HA in endoscopic injections for VUR treatment were comparable. The rate of resolution obtained with Dx/HA was equivalent to those previously published. The lower cost of PAHG makes it an interesting option. PMID:26225173

  15. Morphology and putative function of the colon and cloaca of marine and freshwater snakes.

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    Babonis, Leslie S; Womack, Molly C; Evans, David H

    2012-01-01

    Among tetrapods, evidence for postrenal modification of the urine by the distal digestive tract (including the colon and cloaca) is highly variable. Birds and bladderless reptiles are of interest because the colon and cloaca represent the only sites from which water and ions can be reclaimed from the urine secreted by the kidney. For animals occupying desiccating environments (e.g., deserts and marine environments), postrenal modification of the urine may directly contribute to the maintenance of hypo-osmotic body fluids. We compared the morphology and distribution of key proteins in the colon, cloaca, and urogenital ducts of watersnakes from marine (Nerodia clarkii clarkii) and freshwater (Nerodia fasciata) habitats. Specifically, we examined the epithelia of each tissue for evidence of mucus production by examining the distribution of mucopolysaccharides, and for evidence of water/ion regulation by examining the distribution of Na(+) /K(+) -ATPase (NKA), Na(+) /K(+) /Cl(-) cotransporter (NKCC), and aquaporin 3 (AQP3). NKCC localized to the basolateral epithelium of the colon, urodeal sphincter, and proctodeum, consistent with a role in secretion of Na(+), Cl(-) , and K(+) from the tissue, but NKA was not detected in the colon or any compartment of the cloaca. Interestingly, NKA was detected in the basolateral epithelium of the ureters, suggesting the urothelium may play a role in active ion transport. AQP3 was detected in the ureters and coprodeal complex, consistent with a role in urinary and fecal dehydration or, potentially, in the production of the watery component of the mucus secreted by the coprodeal complex. Since no differences in general cloacal morphology, production of mucus, or the distribution of ion transporters/water channels were detected between the two species, cloacal osmoregulation may either be regulated by proteins not examined in this study or may not be responsible for the differential success of N. c. clarkii and N. fasciata in marine habitats. PMID:21935975

  16. Pelvic actinomycosis presenting as a malignant pelvic mass: a case report

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    2011-01-01

    Abstract Introduction Pelvic actinomycosis constitutes 3% of all human actinomycosis infections. It is usually insidious, and is often mistaken for other conditions such as diverticulitis, abscesses, inflammatory bowel disease and malignant tumors, presenting a diagnostic challenge pre-operatively; it is identified post-operatively in most cases. Here we present a case that presented as pelvic malignancy and was diagnosed as pelvic actinomycosis post-operatively. Case presentation A 48-year-old Caucasian Turkish woman presented to our clinic with a three-month history of abdominal pain, weight loss and difficulty in defecation. She had used an intra-uterine device for 16 years, however it had recently been removed. The rectosigmoidoscopy revealed narrowing of the lumen at 12 cm due to a mass lesion either in the wall or due to an extrinsic lesion that prevented the passage of the endoscope. On examination, there was no gynecological pathology. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a mass, measuring 5.5 × 4 cm attached to the rectum posterior to the uterus. The ureter on that side was dilated. Surgically there was a pelvic mass adhered to the rectum and uterine adnexes, measuring 10 × 12 cm. It originated from uterine adnexes, particularly ones from the left side and formed a conglomerated mass with the uterus and nearby organs; the left ureter was also dilated due to the pelvic mass. Because of concomitant tubal abscess formation and difficulty in dissection planes, total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salphingo-oophorectomy was performed (our patient was 48 years old and had completed her childbearing period). The cytology revealed inflammatory cells with aggregates of Actinomyces. Penicillin therapy was given for six months without any complication. Conclusions Pelvic actinomycosis should always be considered in patients with a pelvic mass especially in ones using intra-uterine devices, and who have a history of appendectomy, tonsillectomy or dental infection. Surgeons should be aware of this infection in order to avoid excessive surgical procedures. PMID:21272333

  17. The 'buoy' stent: evaluation of a prototype indwelling ureteric stent in a porcine model.

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    Krebs, Alfred; Deane, Leslie A; Borin, James F; Edwards, Robert A; Sala, Leandro G; Khan, Farhan; Abdelshehid, Corollos; McDougall, Elspeth M; Clayman, Ralph V

    2009-07-01

    OBJECTIVE To assess a prototype ureteric 'buoy' stent with a 10 F upper body tapering to a 3F tail, developed to potentially reduce stent-related irritative symptoms while providing an adequate mould for healing after endopyelotomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eighteen Yucatan minipigs had the stent placed either into the intact ureter (phase I) or after Acucise proximal endoureterotomy (phase II). Buoy stents were compared to 10/7 F endopyelotomy stents and to standard 7 F stents in phases I and II, respectively. The pigs were assessed for vesico-ureteric reflux, hydronephrosis and infection, before stent insertion and at harvest. Stents were weighed before and after placement and the removal force was measured. Pressure/flow studies, antegrade nephrostograms and specimens for histopathology from the renal pelvis, ureter and vesico-ureteric junction (VUJ) were obtained at harvest. RESULTS Thirteen minipigs survived the entire study. Ureteric flow with the stents in situ was better for buoy stents than for 10/7 F stents (P < 0.005). Ureteric flow after endoureterotomy and subsequent stent removal was similar for buoy stents and standard 7 F stents. None of the stents refluxed. There was no difference between stents in removal force, weight change or incidence of hydronephrosis. At 1 and 12 weeks, buoy stents tended to produce lower histopathological alteration scores than control stents, especially at the VUJ (phase I, 2.0 vs 3.9, P = 0.092; phase II, 0.6 vs 1.7, P = 0.18). CONCLUSIONS The novel buoy stents are easily placed and removed via the urethra. They can cause less VUJ inflammation than standard stents while allowing for adequate ureteric flow and healing after proximal endoureterotomy. PMID:19154469

  18. Clinical effectiveness of the PolyScope™ endoscope system combined with holmium laser lithotripsy in the treatment of upper urinary calculi with a diameter of less than 2 cm

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    GU, SI-PING; HUANG, YUN-TENG; YOU, ZHI-YUAN; ZHOU, XIAOMING; LU, YI-JIN; HE, CAO-HUI; QI, JUAN

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of the PolyScope™ endoscope system in the treatment of upper urinary calculi with a diameter of <2 cm. A total of 86 patients hospitalized with upper urinary tract calculi were included. The patients were placed under general or spinal anesthesia and in a lithotomy position. Following the dilation of the ureter, a guide wire was inserted under the direct vision of an F8/9.8 rigid ureteroscope, and an F12/14 flexible ureteral access sheath was positioned along the guide wire. Holmium laser lithotripsy was subsequently performed, using an F8.0 ‘PolyScope’ modular flexible ureteroscope. Plain film of the kidney-ureter-bladder (KUB) was performed 1 day subsequent to the surgery, in order to determine the result of the lithotripsy and the position of the double-J stent which was inserted after after holmium laser lithotripsy. In addition, in certain patients, KUB radiography was performed 2–4 weeks subsequent to the surgery, and extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) was performed if the diameter of the residual stones was >6 mm. Lithotripsy was successful in 77 patients and the duration of the surgery ranged between 25 and 80 min (mean duration, 42 min). Little bleeding was observed. Three patients presented with a slight fever following the surgery; however, no ureteral perforation, high fever or septicemia was observed among the patients following anti-inflammatory treatment. The stone-free rate (SFR) of the single-pass lithotripsy was 89.5% (77/86) and the SFR with ESWL was 96.5% (83/86). The study demonstrated that the F8 modular flexible ureteroscope was safe, convenient and effective for the lithotripsy of upper-tract calculi. PMID:24137232

  19. Spectrum of Lesions Affecting the Renal Pelvis and Pelviureteric Junction: A 13-Year Retrospective Analysis

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    Kini, Hema; Suresh, Pooja Kundapur; Guni, Laxman Prabhu Gurupur; Bhat, Shaila; Kini, Jyoti Ramanath

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Both, the renal pelvis and the ureter, are affected by developmental, reactive and neoplastic disorders, though rare in incidence. Aim This series of cases were analysed to study the clinicopathological characteristics of the common and comparatively rare lesions involving the renal pelvis and pelviureteric junction. Materials and Methods A retrospective collection of 476 nephrectomies and pelviureteric junction resections, received over a period of 13 years from 2001 to 2013 was done. The patients’ clinical details were obtained and the histopathological findings reviewed. The lesions were classified into non-neoplastic and neoplastic categories. Results Primary involvement of the renal pelvis and pelviureteric junction was seen in 105 of 476 specimens. The mean age was 54.5 years with a male to female ratio of 2.2:1. The non-neoplastic lesions accounted for 76.2% of cases with a majority being pelviureteric junction obstruction due to inflammation induced fibromuscular hypertrophy (68.6%) causing hydronephrosis. Urothelial carcinomas were encountered in 20% of the cases. A majority of the urothelial carcinomas were infiltrative (81%) and high grade (71%) tumours. Conclusion Renal pelvis, a conduit to propel urine, can be the site for numerous disorders. Non-neoplastic lesions were more common than neoplasms. Pelviureteric junction obstruction due to inflammation induced fibromuscular hypertrophy was the commonest lesion in our study. In the neoplastic category, urothelial carcinoma was most common. However, rare lesions such as hamartomatous fibroepithelial polyp, Von Brunn’s nests, flat urothelial hyperplasia and intramuscular haemangioma of upper ureter at the pelviureteric junction were encountered along with occasional cases of tuberculosis and squamous cell carcinomas. PMID:27042468

  20. Bioelectric Impedance Analysis in the Diagnosis of Vesicoureteral Reflux

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    Bayram, Meral Torun; Alaygut, Demet; Turkmen, Mehmet; Soylu, Alper; Kavukcu, Salih

    2015-01-01

    Background: Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is a common abnormality of the urinary tract in childhood. Objectives: As urine enters the ureters and renal pelvis during voiding in vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), we hypothesized that change in body water composition before and after voiding may be less different in children with VUR. Patients and Methods: Patients were grouped as those with VUR (Group 1) and without VUR (Group 2). Bioelectric impedance analysis was performed before and after voiding, and third space fluid (TSF) (L), percent of total body fluid (TBF%), extracellular fluid (ECF%), and intracellular fluid (ICF%) were recorded. After change of TSF, TBF, ECF, ICF (ΔTSF, ΔTBF%, ΔECF%, ΔICF%), urine volume (mL), and urine volume/body weight (mL/kg) were calculated. Groups 1 and 2 were compared for these parameters. In addition, pre- and post-voiding body fluid values were compared in each group. Results: TBF%, ECF%, ICF%, and TSF in both pre- and post-voiding states and ΔTBF%, ΔECF%, ΔICF%, and ΔTSF after voiding were not different between groups. However, while post-voiding TBF%, ECF% was significantly decreased in Group 1 (64.5 ± 8.1 vs 63.7 ± 7.2, P = 0.013 for TBF%), there was not post-voiding change in TSF in the same group. On the other hand, there was also a significant TSF decrease in Group 2. Conclusions: Bladder and ureter can be considered as the third space. Thus, we think that BIA has been useful in discriminating children with VUR as there was no decreased in patients with VUR, although there was decreased TSF in patients without VUR. However, further studies are needed to increase the accuracy of this hypothesis. PMID:26396698

  1. [Alpha1 adrenoceptors in human urinary tract:expression, distribution and clinical implications].

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    Arrighi, N; Bodei, S; Zani, D; Peroni, A; Simeone, C; Mirabella, G; Sigala, S

    2007-01-01

    Adrenergic receptors (ARs) are a class of proteins belonging to the G proteincoupled receptor family. Pharmacological and molecular studies allowed dividing ARs into three different categories: α1, α2 and β. In this review, we focused on α1 ARs and α1 AR antagonists, since α1 ARs play an important role in the pathophysiology of a number of urinary tract (UT) dysfunctions. α1 ARs are widely expressed in human UT; in particular, the three ureter areas (distal, medial and proximal) show different patterns of receptor expression (i.e. distal > medial = proximal), giving the molecular basis for the use of α1 ARs antagonist in the expulsive therapy of distal ureter calculi. Bladder areas are characterized by important differences among trigone, detrusor and neck, the first showing a different pattern of expression compared to the other parts. Further, there are evidences of both density and subtype gender-dependent expressions. α1 ARs expression in prostate and detrusor is a widely investigated area of research, mainly due to the clinical impact of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Urethra has not been well studied in human, although it plays a role in the control of continence. Studies carried out on α1 AR subtype expression in the UT indicate that, although the presence of each subtype is observed, α1A firstly and then α1D ARs seem to be more expressed than α1B ARs. Thus, drugs that demonstrate high α1A/D AR selectivity have drawn the researchers' attention. As it relates specifically to the α1 AR antagonists used in the treatment of lower UT symptoms, the concept of uroselectivity has been operationally defined; indeed, in a number of recent publications uroselectivity has been defined as the degree to which a given compound inhibits norepinephrine-induced increase in urinary muscle contractions and/or its propensity to generate unwanted cardiovascular effects, such as decreases in blood pressure. PMID:21086401

  2. The feasibility of ureteral tissue engineering using autologous veins: an orthotopic animal model with long term results

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    2014-01-01

    Background In an earlier study we demonstrated the feasibility to create tissue engineered venous scaffolds in vitro and in vivo. In this study we investigated the use of tissue engineered constructs for ureteral replacement in a long term orthotopic minipig model. In many different projects well functional ureretal tissue was established using tissue engineering in animals with short-time follow up (12 weeks). Therefore urothelial cells were harvested from the bladder, cultured, expanded in vitro, labelled with fluorescence and seeded onto the autologous veins, which were harvested from animals during a second surgery. Three days after cell seeding the right ureter was replaced with the cell-seeded matrices in six animals, while further 6 animals received an unseeded vein for ureteral replacement. The animals were sacrificed 12, 24, and 48 weeks after implantation. Gross examination, intravenous pyelogram (IVP), H&E staining, Trichrome Masson’s Staining, and immunohistochemistry with pancytokeratin AE1/AE3, smooth muscle alpha actin, and von Willebrand factor were performed in retrieved specimens. Results The IVP and gross examination demonstrated that no animals with tissue engineered ureters and all animals of the control group presented with hydronephrosis after 12 weeks. In the 24-week group, one tissue engineered and one unseeded vein revealed hydronephrosis. After 48 weeks all tissue engineered animals and none of the control group showed hydronephrosis on the treated side. Histochemistry and immunohistochemistry revealed a multilayer of urothelial cells attached to the seeded venous grafts. Conclusions Venous grafts may be a potential source for ureteral reconstruction. The results of so far published ureteral tissue engineering projects reveal data up to 12 weeks after implantation. Even if the animal numbers of this study are small, there is an increasing rate of hydronephrosis revealing failure of ureteral tissue engineering with autologous matrices in time points longer than 3 months after implantation. Further investigations have to prove adequate clinical outcome and appropriate functional long-term results. PMID:25381044

  3. The case study in the applicability of the improvements in the treatment of urinary system stone diseases in Anatolia: the last ten years with the sample of Western Black Sea region

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    Turkan, Sadi; İrkılata, Lokman; Ekmekçioğlu, Ozan; Canat, Halil Lütfi; Dilmen, Cem; Özkaya, Muharrem

    2015-01-01

    Objective The prevalence of stone diseases is high in Turkey. Thanks to the technological improvements and to the increase in the number of qualified and experienced specialists in the last thirty years, there has been an increase in the application of minimally invasive methods in the stone disease surgery. This study, with a sample survey of Western Black Sea region, aims at revealing the changes and improvements in the treatment of stone diseases in different centers in Anatolia within the last ten years. Material and methods Six centers in 4 of the provinces of the Western Black Sea Region were selected and the patients’ files were retrospectively analyzed. The treatment methods that were recommended for and/or applied to the patients diagnosed with urinary stone diseases were recorded by years. The urinary stone diseases were divided into three separate groups; kidney, ureters and bladder. Treatment options were recorded into categories as open surgery, percutaneous nephrolithotripsy, retrograde intrarenal surgery, semirigid ureterorenoscopy, flexible ureterorenoscopy, and ESWL. Results A total of 26044 patients with stone diseases have been treated in the above-mentioned centers for the last 10 years. The distributions of the stone diseases in relation to their localization were as follows: - kidney stones: 9040 (34.7%), ureter stones: 15264 (58.6%), and bladder stones: 1740 (6.7%). As for the distribution of the treatment in relation to the treatment methods, it was seen that open surgery for 1032 (4%) patients, endoscopic surgery for 15038 (58%) patients, and ESWL for 9974 (38%) patients had been applied. While URS and PCNL are currently the commonly used treatment methods in the Western Black Sea Region, RIRS has begun to be used in a limited number of patients for the last 3 years. Conclusion Though being a little late, the advances in endrourology offer practical applications in the Western Black Sea region as well. Although this study suggests implications for the evaluating of the periphery outcomes of the improvements in stone disease treatments, for the planning of training schemes, and for equipment planning, further research based on more data from more centers is needed to have a nation-wide perspective. PMID:26516597

  4. Urinary tract ultrasonography in normal rams and in rams with obstructive urolithiasis

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    Braun, Ueli; Schefer, Ursula; Föhn, Josef

    1992-01-01

    We determined the position, dimensions, and structure of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra in 20 healthy, adult rams by use of ultrasonography. The findings were compared with those of seven rams with obstructive urolithiasis, thus establishing criteria for the diagnosis of urolithiasis via ultrasonography. A 5.0 MHz convex transducer was placed over the right paralumbar fossa to examine the kidneys, and a 5.0 MHz linear rectal transducer was used to examine the bladder and urethra transrectally. All examinations were performed on standing rams. The left kidney had a length of 8.4 ± 0.3 cm (mean ± SD), a width of 4.7 ± 0.3 cm, and a depth of 4.4 ± 0.3 cm. The diameter of the renal sinus of the left kidney was 1.5 ± 0.2 cm. The circumference of the medullary pyramids measured 2.8 ± 0.3 cm. Similar ultrasonographic measurements were obtained for the right kidney. The mean diameter of the bladder of 12 rams was 7.5 ± 2.8 cm. The diameter of the bladder could not be determined in the remaining eight rams because it was greater than 10 cm and therefore beyond the penetration depth of the scanner. The only part of the urethra which could be visualized ultrasonographically was the internal urethral orifice. It had a diameter of 0.2 ± 0.1 cm. Ultrasonographic examination of seven rams with obstructive urolithiasis revealed a markedly dilated urethra and urinary bladder. Due to severe cystitis, the contents of the urinary bladder appeared as multiple, tiny, uniformly distributed echoes. The renal pelvis and medullary pyramids of both kidneys were dilated in four rams. In two rams, uroperitoneum and accumulation of urine in the abdomen were diagnosed via ultrasonography. In one ram this was due to a ruptured ureter and in one to a ruptured bladder. The results of this study indicate that ultrasonography is a useful aid in the diagnosis of obstructive urolithiasis. ImagesFigure 2.Figure 3.Figure 4.Figure 5.Figure 6.Figure 7. PMID:17424090

  5. Shock-wave lithotripsy in the elderly: Safety, efficacy and special considerations

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    Philippou, Prodromos; Lamrani, D.; Moraitis, Konstantinos; Wazait, Hassan; Masood, Junaid; Buchholz, Noor

    2011-01-01

    Purpose Shock-wave lithotripsy (SWL) for elderly patients can be challenging. Patients often have a long-standing complex stone burden and significant comorbidities. We report a cohort of patients aged ⩾70 years who were treated by SWL, with special attention to treatment outcomes, complications and the need for adjuvant procedures. Patients and methods Over a period of 4 years, 2311 patients were treated with SWL in a tertiary referral centre. Among these patients, 137 were aged ⩾70 years (5.9%). Patient and stone data were obtained from an electronic database and the patients’ electronic medical records were reviewed. Results During the pre-procedural assessment, 29 patients (21.2%) were considered to be at high anaesthetic risk, due their comorbidities (American Society of Anesthesiology score 3+). In terms of stone burden, 16 stones (11.7%) were located in the distal ureter (mean stone diameter 7.9 mm) and 28 (20.4%) were in the proximal ureter (mean diameter 10.1 mm). In the kidney, 54 stones (39.4%) were in the renal pelvis, upper or mid calyx (mean diameter 10.6 mm), while 39 stones (28.5%) were in the lower calyx (mean diameter 10.1 mm). The median (range) number of SWL sessions per patient was 2.0 (1–3). The overall stone-free rate achieved by SWL alone was 63.5% (65.9% for ureteric stones and 62.4% for renal stones). In total, 38 patients (27.7%) had an adjuvant procedure to achieve stone clearance (ureteroscopy in 23, PCNL in 14 and laparoscopic ureterolithotomy in one case). Apart from six cases (4.3%) of ureteric obstruction due to steinstrasse, there were no severe complications noted. Conclusions The management of elderly patients presenting with urolithiasis is challenging, due to the presence of significant comorbidities. Careful assessment of an integrated management plan for geriatric patients with urolithiasis is essential, and SWL still remains a safe and efficient first-line tool in well-selected cases. PMID:26579264

  6. Endoscopic treatment of vesicoureteric reflux with Deflux: a Canadian experience

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    Guerra, Luis A; Khanna, Priya; Levasseur, Michele; Pike, John G; Leonard, Michael P

    2007-01-01

    Introduction Vesicoureteric reflux is a common problem encountered in urological practice. Traditionally, if medical management with low-dose antibiotic prophylaxis failed, the only alternative was ureteroneocystostomy. Recently, promising results with subureteric injection of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer (Deflux) have renewed interest in the endoscopic treatment of vesicoureteric reflux (VUR). Objective We reviewed the outcome of the subtrigonal injection (STING) procedure with Deflux at a single pediatric hospital and included the rate of VUR resolution and complications. Methods An Institutional Review Board approved the retrospective review of all cases of STING performed with Deflux at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, from April 2003 to October 2005. We used voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) or radionuclide cystogram (RNC) for diagnosis of VUR. The most common indications for surgery were breakthrough infection, progression of renal scars and parental preference. A subureteral or intra-ureteral injection, at the 6 o'clock position, delivered the material to support the ureter and correct VUR. Results We reviewed the cases of 64 patients, 47 girls (73%) and 17 boys (27%), with a mean age of 6 years (range 1–17 yr) and a mean follow-up of 8 months (range 2–23 mo). A total of 26 patients (41%) had bilateral VUR and 38 (59%) had unilateral VUR (90 renal units were treated). Overall cure rate was 79.7% (51/64) per child and 74% (67/90) per renal unit. Among the 64 patients treated, 62.5% (40/64) were cured with a single injection, and a second and third injection raised the cure rate to 78% (50/64) and 79.7% (51/64), respectively. Contralateral low-grade de novo VUR was present in 7.9% (3/38) of the 38 unilateral cases. Postoperatively, de novo hydronephrosis developed in 3.3% (3/90) of the ureters, in 2 patients. Conclusions The endoscopic treatment of VUR with Deflux is a feasible outpatient procedure, requires minimal operating room time and is associated with low morbidity. In our study, it demonstrated a cure rate of 80% of patients and 74% of renal units. Dysfunctional voiding and neurogenic bladder (NB) do not seem to adversely affect results. STING should be considered for failed open reimplants, because it is much less morbid than redo reimplants. Further experience with the material and increased use of intraureteral injection may improve our cure rates. PMID:18542760

  7. Overexpression of Robo2 causes defects in the recruitment of metanephric mesenchymal cells and ureteric bud branching morphogenesis

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    Ji, Jiayao; Medical College of NanKai University, Tianjin ; Li, Qinggang; Xie, Yuansheng; Zhang, Xueguang; Cui, Shaoyuan; Shi, Suozhu; Chen, Xiangmei; Medical College of NanKai University, Tianjin

    2012-05-11

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Overexpression of Robo2 caused reduced UB branching and glomerular number. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fewer MM cells surrounding the UB after overexpression of Robo2 in vitro. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No abnormal Epithelial Morphology of UB or apoptosis of mm cells in the kidney. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Overexpression of Robo2 affected MM cells migration and caused UB deficit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The reduced glomerular number can also be caused by fewer MM cells. -- Abstract: Roundabout 2 (Robo2) is a member of the membrane protein receptor family. The chemorepulsive effect of Slit2-Robo2 signaling plays vital roles in nervous system development and neuron migration. Slit2-Robo2 signaling is also important for maintaining the normal morphogenesis of the kidney and urinary collecting system, especially for the branching of the ureteric bud (UB) at the proper site. Slit2 or Robo2 mouse mutants exhibit multilobular kidneys, multiple ureters, and dilatation of the ureter, renal pelvis, and collecting duct system, which lead to vesicoureteral reflux. To understand the effect of Robo2 on kidney development, we used microinjection and electroporation to overexpress GFP-Robo2 in an in vitro embryonic kidney model. Our results show reduced UB branching and decreased glomerular number after in vitro Robo2 overexpression in the embryonic kidneys. We found fewer metanephric mesenchymal (MM) cells surrounding the UB but no abnormal morphology in the branching epithelial UB. Meanwhile, no significant change in MM proliferation or apoptosis was observed. These findings indicate that Robo2 is involved in the development of embryonic kidneys and that the normal expression of Robo2 can help maintain proper UB branching and glomerular morphogenesis. Overexpression of Robo2 leads to reduced UB branching caused by fewer surrounding MM cells, but MM cell apoptosis is not involved in this effect. Our study demonstrates that overexpression of Robo2 by microinjection in embryonic kidneys is an effective approach to study the function of Robo2.

  8. En route Spacing Tool: Efficient Conflict-free Spacing to Flow-Restricted Airspace

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    Green, S.

    1999-01-01

    This paper describes the Air Traffic Management (ATM) problem within the U.S. of flow-restricted en route airspace, an assessment of its impact on airspace users, and a set of near-term tools and procedures to resolve the problem. The FAA is committed, over the next few years, to deploy the first generation of modem ATM decision support tool (DST) technology under the Free-Flight Phase-1 (FFp1) program. The associated en route tools include the User Request Evaluation Tool (URET) and the Traffic Management Advisor (TMA). URET is an initial conflict probe (ICP) capability that assists controllers with the detection and resolution of conflicts in en route airspace. TMA orchestrates arrivals transitioning into high-density terminal airspace by providing controllers with scheduled times of arrival (STA) and delay feedback advisories to assist with STA conformance. However, these FFPl capabilities do not mitigate the en route Miles-In-Trail (MIT) restrictions that are dynamically applied to mitigate airspace congestion. National statistics indicate that en route facilities (Centers) apply Miles-In-Trail (MIT) restrictions for approximately 5000 hours per month. Based on results from this study, an estimated 45,000 flights are impacted by these restrictions each month. Current-day practices for implementing these restrictions result in additional controller workload and an economic impact of which the fuel penalty alone may approach several hundred dollars per flight. To mitigate much of the impact of these restrictions on users and controller workload, a DST and procedures are presented. The DST is based on a simple derivative of FFP1 technology that is designed to introduce a set of simple tools for flow-rate (spacing) conformance and integrate them with conflict-probe capabilities. The tool and associated algorithms are described based on a concept prototype implemented within the CTAS baseline in 1995. A traffic scenario is used to illustrate the controller's use of the tool, and potential display options are presented for future controller evaluation.

  9. Urological Manifestations of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura: A Review

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    Dalpiaz, Amanda; Schwamb, Richard; Miao, Yimei; Gonka, Jacquelyn; Walzter, Wayne; Khan, Sardar A.

    2015-01-01

    Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is an immune-mediated systemic vasculitis generally found in children. The standard manifestations of HSP are palpable purpura, arthritis, abdominal pain, and renal complications. Although less common, there are significant urological manifestations associated with HSP. The primary objective of this review is to encourage better understanding and management of HSP by emphasizing the common and rare manifestations of HSP, how they are diagnosed, and the latest treatment options for mild to severe complications. Medline searches of HSP and its urological manifestations were conducted along with searches on current diagnostic and treatment methods. Urological manifestations of HSP involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, prostate, scrotum, testicle, and penis. Diagnosis and management of HSP are not always clear due to differential diagnosis and diversity of symptom presentation. Treatment for HSP is mainly supportive and includes use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief. In more severe cases, glucocorticoids, methylprednisolone, plasmapheresis, and peritoneal and hemodialysis are reported successful. It is important to note different symptoms of HSP in order to distinguish HSP from other diseases. Early diagnosis may prevent severe complications. Treatment options vary from conservative to invasive depending on the severity of the disease and time frame of diagnosis. PMID:26889120

  10. Functional and morphological evaluation of radiation nephropathy and ureteral injury in the dog

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    Cloran, J.A.

    1986-01-01

    Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) may provide a therapeutic advantage in the treatment of certain intraabdominal malignancies. However, before the therapeutic potential of innovative modalities can be assessed adequately, the in vivo radiobiological effects and responses of normal tissues to clinical doses of irradiation must be determined. In this study, the reactions of normal canine kidneys, ureters, and major vessels wee assessed following IORT, fractionated x-irradiation, or a combination of these modalities. Radiographically derived morphological endpoints, including kidney size and cortical width, were monitored for one year following irradiation. The renal parenchymal atrophy, vascular alterations and functional impairment that developed was directly related to the IORT dose, whether delivered alone or in combination with fractionated x-irradiation. The incidence of ureteral injury and secondary hydronephrosis increased with both the IORT dose and post-irradiation time. No ureteral changes were detected in dogs that received only fractionated x-irradiation (60-80 Gy). No significant arteriographic abnormalities could be detected in the caudal aorta during the one year follow-up period.

  11. Evolving Guidance on Ureteric Calculi Management in the Acute Setting.

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    Makanjuola, Jonathan K; Rintoul-Hoad, Sophie; Bultitude, Matthew

    2016-03-01

    Ureteric colic is a common presentation to acute emergency services. The gold standard test for the diagnosis of acute ureteric colic is a non-contrast computer tomography of the kidneys ureters and bladder (CT KUB). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be used as first-line analgesia, with studies showing that there is no role for steroid or phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors. There is emerging evidence that a high body mass index (BMI) is a risk factor. The drugs used to facilitate stone passage are known as medical expulsive therapy (MET). The most evaluated being alpha-blockers. The Spontaneous Urinary Stone Passage Enabled by Drugs (SUSPEND) trial was designed to evaluate the use of MET (tamsulosin and nifedipine). This trial showed that there was no difference with MET and placebo for the spontaneous passage of ureteric stones. There is an emerging role for the use of primary ureteroscopy in the management of non-infective ureteric stones. PMID:26874536

  12. Endoscopic surgery and telemedicine in microgravity: developing contingency procedures for exploratory class spaceflight

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    Jones, J. A.; Johnston, S.; Campbell, M.; Miles, B.; Billica, R.

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The risk of a urinary calculus during an extended duration mission into the reduced gravity environment of space is significant. For medical operations to develop a comprehensive strategy for the spaceflight stone risk, both preventive countermeasures and contingency management (CM) plans must be included. METHODS: A feasibility study was conducted to demonstrate the potential CM technique of endoscopic ureteral stenting with ultrasound guidance for the possible in-flight urinary calculus contingency. The procedure employed the International Space Station/Human Research Facility ultrasound unit for guide wire and stent localization, a flexible cystoscope for visual guidance, and banded, biocompatible soft ureteral stents to successfully stent porcine ureters bilaterally in zero gravity (0g). RESULTS: The study demonstrated that downlinked endoscopic surgical and ultrasound images obtained in 0g are comparable in quality to 1g images, and therefore are useful for diagnostic clinical utility via telemedicine transmission. CONCLUSIONS: In order to be successful, surgical procedures in 0g require excellent positional stability of the operating surgeon, assistant, and patient, relative to one another. The technological development of medical procedures for long-duration spaceflight contingencies may lead to improved terrestrial patient care methodology and subsequently reduced morbidity.

  13. Ultrasonic Destruction of Kidney Stones

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    Brannen, George E.; Bush, William H.

    1984-01-01

    Kidney stones may be removed without using a surgical incision by a combination of techniques and skills recently developed in the fields of urology and radiology. Percutaneous access to the kidney is established under fluoroscopic control. A guide wire placed into the renal pelvis allows a nephroscope to be inserted and the collecting system visualized. A long hollow metal probe is advanced through the nephroscope and placed in contact with the stone. This probe conducts the ultrasonic energy. The stone absorbs the energy and breaks into fine granules, which are evacuated by suction. Twenty-three consecutively seen patients presenting with 27 upper urinary tract calculi for which removal was indicated underwent successful percutaneous ultrasonic lithotripsy. Fifteen stones were located in the renal pelvis, eight in a calix, three at the ureteropelvic junction and one in the upper ureter. One infected staghorn calculus was removed. Two complications resulted in extended hospital stays, but in no patients were surgical incisions required. Of the 23 patients, 9 had previously had a surgical lithotomy. The authors believe that most renal and upper ureteral calculi for which removal is indicated may be extracted percutaneously with the aid of the ultrasonic lithotriptor. The patients may expect a rapid convalescence with diminished pain. Images PMID:6730470

  14. Silodosin vs tamsulosin in the management of distal ureteric stones: A prospective randomised study

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    Elgalaly, Hazem; Sakr, Ahmed; Fawzi, Amr; Salem, Emad A.; Desoky, Esam; Shahin, Ashraf; Kamel, Mostafa

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To compare the efficacy of silodosin (8 mg) vs tamsulosin (0.4 mg), as a medical expulsive therapy, in the management of distal ureteric stones (DUS) in terms of stone clearance rate and stone expulsion time. Patients and methods A prospective randomised study was conducted on 115 patients, aged 21–55 years, who had unilateral DUS of ⩽10 mm. Patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 received silodosin (8 mg) and Group 2 received tamsulosin (0.4 mg) daily for 1 month. The patients were followed-up by ultrasonography, plain abdominal radiograph of the kidneys, ureters and bladder, and computed tomography (in some cases). Results There was a significantly higher stone clearance rate of 83% in Group 1 vs 57% in Group 2 (P = 0.007). Group 1 also showed a significant advantage for stone expulsion time and analgesic use. Four patients, two in each group, discontinued the treatment in first few days due to side-effects (orthostatic hypotension). No severe complications were recorded during the treatment period. Retrograde ejaculation was recorded in nine and three patients in Groups 1 and 2, respectively. Conclusion Our data show that silodosin is more effective than tamsulosin in the management of DUS for stone clearance rates and stone expulsion times. A multicentre study on larger scale is needed to confirm the efficacy and safety of silodosin. PMID:26966587

  15. Therapeutic role of template-based lymphadenectomy in urothelial carcinoma of the upper urinary tract

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    Kondo, Tsunenori; Takagi, Toshio; Tanabe, Kazunari

    2015-01-01

    Lymphadenectomy for urothelial carcinoma of the upper urinary tract has attracted the attention of physicians. The mapping study of lymphatic spread has shown that a relatively wide area should comprise the regional nodes for tumors of the right renal pelvis or the right upper two-thirds of the ureter. A prospective study showed that an anatomical template-based lymphadenectomy significantly improved patient survival in tumors of the renal pelvis. This benefit was more evident for patients with pT2 stage tumors or higher. The risk of regional node recurrence is significant reduced by template-based lymphadenectomy, which is likely to be associated with improved patient survival. The removal of lymph node micrometastases is assumed to be the reason for therapeutic benefit following lymphadenectomy. The number of resected lymph nodes can be used to assess the quality of lymphadenectomy, but not to determine the extent of lymphadenectomy. The guidelines currently recommend lymphadenectomy for patients with muscle-invasive disease, even though the current recommendation grades are still low. The present limitation of lymphadenectomy is the lack of standardization of the extent of lymphadenectomy and the randomized trials. Further studies are warranted to collect the evidence to support lymphadenectomy. PMID:26677437

  16. ARA290, a non-erythropoietic EPO derivative, attenuates renal ischemia/reperfusion injury

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    2013-01-01

    Background In contrast with various pre-clinical studies, recent clinical trials suggest that high dose erythropoietin (EPO) treatment following kidney transplantation does not improve short-term outcome and that it even increases the risk of thrombotic events. ARA290 is a non-erythropoietic EPO derivative and does not increase the risk of cardiovascular events, but potentially has cytoprotective capacities in prevention of renal ischemia/reperfusion injury. Methods Eight female Dutch Landrace pigs were exposed to unilateral renal ischemia for 45 minutes with simultaneous cannulation of the ureter of the ischemic kidney. ARA290 or saline was administered by an intravenous injection at 0, 2, 4 and 6 hours post-reperfusion. The animals were sacrificed seven days post-reperfusion. Results ARA290 increased glomerular filtration rate during the observation period of seven days. Furthermore, ARA290 tended to reduce MCP-1 and IL-6 expression 15 minutes post-reperfusion. Seven days post-reperfusion ARA290 reduced interstitial fibrosis. Conclusions The improvement in renal function following renal ischemia/reperfusion and reduced structural damage observed in this study by ARA290 warrants further investigation towards clinical application. PMID:23302512

  17. Urinary Tract Effects After Multifocal Nonthermal Irreversible Electroporation of the Kidney: Acute and Chronic Monitoring by Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Intravenous Urography and Urinary Cytology

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    Wendler, Johann Jakob; Pech, Maciej; Porsch, Markus; Janitzky, Andreas; Fischbach, Frank; Buhtz, Peter; Vogler, Klaus; Huehne, Sarah; Borucki, Katrin; Strang, Christof; Mahnkopf, Dirk; Ricke, Jens; Liehr, Uwe-Bernd

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: The nonthermal irreversible electroporation (NTIRE) is a novel potential ablation modality for renal masses. The aim of this study was the first evaluation of NTIRE's effects on the renal urine-collecting system using intravenous urography (IVU) and urinary cytology in addition to histology and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Methods: Eight percutaneous NTIRE ablations of the renal parenchyma, including the calyxes or pelvis, were performed in three male swine. MRI, IVU, histology, and urinary cytology follow-ups were performed within the first 28 days after treatment. Results: MRI and histological analysis demonstrated a localized necrosis 7 days and a localized scarification of the renal parenchyma with complete destruction 28 days after NTIRE. The urine-collecting system was preserved and showed urothelial regeneration. IVU and MRI showed an unaltered normal morphology of the renal calyxes, pelvis, and ureter. A new urinary cytology phenomenon featured a temporary degeneration by individual vacuolization of detached transitional epithelium cells within the first 3 days after NTIRE. Conclusions: This first urographical, urine-cytological, and MRI evaluation after porcine kidney NTIRE shows multifocal parenchyma destruction while protecting the involved urine-collecting system with regenerated urothelial tissue. NTIRE could be used as a targeted ablation method of centrally located renal masses.

  18. Endoscopic subureteral collagen injection for the treatment of vesicoureteral reflux in infants and children.

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    Frey, P; Lutz, N; Jenny, P; Herzog, B

    1995-08-01

    Between June 1988 and September 1994, 100 girls and 32 boys 2 months to 15.5 years old (average 4.9 years) with 204 refluxing ureteral units were treated by endoscopic subureteral collagen injection. The collagen injected was of bovine origin and cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (Zyplast*). Followup ranged from 3 to 75 months (mean 33). Reflux was absent in 62.7% of cases 3 months after 1 endoscopic subureteral injection. Improvement to reflux grades I and II, generally not requiring further treatment, occurred in a further 15.2% of cases. A total of 66 ureters was injected twice. The overall cure rate after 1 or 2 injections was 79.4% 3 months after injection. There was no correlation between the risk of recurrent reflux and initial degree of reflux. Late recurrence of reflux following a reflux-free period occurred in 11.3% of the 204 units during the observation period, which varied from 3 months to 6 1/4 years. Reflux was absent after 1 or 2 injections, including late recurrence, in 70.6% of cases and in an additional 13.2% recurrent reflux was grade I or II, not necessitating any further treatment. Considering these results, subureteral collagen injection remains an adequate method of treatment for vesicoureteral reflux in children. PMID:7609184

  19. Organ preservation in invasive bladder cancer: Brachytherapy, an alternative to cystectomy and combined modality treatment?

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    Pos, Floris

    2005-03-01

    Purpose: To evaluate our long-term results of bladder preservation with brachytherapy in the treatment of bladder cancer. Methods and materials: Between 1987 and 2000, 108 patients with T1-G3 and T2-T3a stages of bladder cancer were treated with a transurethral resection (TUR) and a course of external beam radiotherapy (30 Gy in 15 fractions) followed by brachytherapy (40 Gy). All tumors were solitary lesions with a diameter {<=}5 cm. Median follow-up was 54 months (range, 1-178 months). Results: The 5-year and 10-year overall survival rates were 62% and 50%, respectively. The 5-year and 10-year disease-specific survival rates were 73% and 67%, respectively. The actuarial local control rate was 73% at 5 and 73% at 10 years, respectively. The 5-year and 10-year disease-specific survival rates for patients with a preserved bladder were 68% and 59%, respectively. Of all long-term surviving patients, 90% preserved their native bladders. The treatment was well tolerated. Acute toxicity was mild. Two patients experienced serious late toxicity: 1 patient developed a persisting vesicocutaneous fistula and the other a stricture of the urethra and ureters. Conclusion: For patients with solitary, organ confined invasive bladder cancer {<=}5 cm, bladder preservation with brachytherapy is an excellent alternative to radical cystectomy and combined modality treatment.

  20. Mechanism of action of a new prostaglandin antihypertensive, viprostol [CL 115 347; (dl)-15-deoxy-16-hydroxy-16(alpha/beta)-vinyl-prostaglandin E2 methyl ester]: (I). Vasodilation.

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    Chan, P S; Cervoni, P; Scully, P A; Ronsberg, M A; Accomando, R C

    1986-12-01

    Viprostol [(dl)-15-deoxy-16-hydroxy-16(alpha/beta)-vinyl-prostaglandin E2 methyl ester; CL 115 347], injected directly into coronary, renal, mesenteric, femoral and carotid arteries of the anaesthetized beagle dogs at doses which did not lower the systemic arterial blood pressure, increased blood flow of the vascular beds being studied. Viprostol was as potent as I-prostaglandin E2 (I-PGE2) in the renal bed, but less potent in the other vascular beds. Viprostol was as potent as I-PGE2 in relaxing smooth muscle of the perfused isolated central ear artery of the rabbit. Viprostol maintained its antihypertensive effect in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) pretreated with indomethacin, chlorpheniramine plus cimetidine, atropine or propranolol, suggesting that the vasodilating effects of viprostol were not mediated through the endogenous prostaglandin, histamine, cholinergic nervous system or beta-adrenergic nervous system. The antihypertensive effects of viprostol were not altered in SHR with bilateral nephrectomy or bilaterally ligated ureters, suggesting that the action of viprostol was not dependent on the secretory or excretory functions of the kidneys. In conclusion, viprostol exerts its antihypertensive action mainly by vasodilation in a way similar to the natural PGE2. PMID:3029218

  1. The safety of hand-assisted laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy: the Ohio State University experience with 1500 cases.

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    Rajab, Amer; Pelletier, Ronald P

    2015-03-01

    Hand-assisted laparoscopic donor (HALD) nephrectomy has been performed at our institution since December 1999. Through May 2014, a total of 1500 HALD procedures have been performed. We have evaluated the outcomes of HALD. The HALD procedure consists of a hand-port incision as well as two 12-mm ports. Mean donor age was 40.8 ± 10.8 yr, BMI was 27.9 ± 5.0, there were 541 males, 1271 Caucasians, and the left kidney was removed in 1236 patients. All procedures were successfully completed. Four donors (0.27%) were converted to an open technique due to bleeding. Four donors required blood transfusions. 53 donors (3.5%) were readmitted in the first month post-donation; almost half were due to gastrointestinal complaints. Six donors required reoperation; three for SBO and three for wound dehiscence. 27 patients (1.8%) developed incisional hernias. Seven donors (0.47%) developed bowel obstruction. All donors recovered well with a mean hospital stay after donation of 2.1 ± 0.3 d. All except one kidney were successfully implanted. Twenty-one recipients (1.4%) experienced DGF. Ureter complications occurred in 17 (1.1%) recipients. Early graft loss occurred in 13 patients (0.9%). In conclusion, HALD is a safe procedure for the donor with good recipient outcomes. PMID:25529029

  2. [Retroperitoneal fibrosis and arthritis--a manifestation of the same illness].

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    Thiele, A; Störkel, S; Stierle, H E

    1998-10-01

    Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a disorder in which the retroperitoneal fat is the site of a subacute and chronic inflammatory reaction and is subsequently replaced by dense fibrotic tissue. Rheumatoid nodules are chronic granulomata occurring at sites of pressure and movement, both near the body surface and internally. A 55-year-old sales-manager was admitted to radiation synovectomy after a 5 year history of excessive right and left knee effusions. There were no other clinical or laboratory abnormalities. The patient did not respond to either radioisotope synoviorthesis using radioactive Yttrium (90 Y), or to open synovectomy and prostetic surgery of the right knee. One year later, surgery of left ureter was necessary. Histological findings revealed the diagnosis of Ormond's disease. Comparative histological studies of synovial membrane of knee and retroperitoneal tissues showed local necrosis, fibrin deposition, lining cell proliferation, and infiltration by lymphocytes. Diagnosis of arthritis complicated by retroperitoneal rheumatoid nodules and retroperitoneal fibrosis was made. Serum rheumatoid factor has been negative. For the last 3 years, the patient has been on successful therapy with azathioprine. Rheumatoid nodules of the retroperitoneum have vanished completely and frequency of knee effusions decreased. PMID:9864832

  3. [Ureterovaginal fistulae].

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    Muzzonigro, Giovanni; Tombolini, Flavia

    2015-01-01

    Ureterovaginal fistulae are pathological communications between the ureter and the vagina; it commonly occur as a rare but serious sequela of unrecognized distal ureteral injuries during pelvic operations. Patients may present symptoms as leakage of urine from the vagina, flank pain and fever; in some cases it could be possible also the loss of renal function. The purpose of this study is to review the articles from 1991 to 2014 to evaluate the most correct diagnostic procedures and endourological and surgical techniques used in the management of ureterovaginal fistula. Nowadays computered tomography and retrograde pielography are the most commonly diagnostic modalities used to identify fistulous tract and to describe its anatomical position. The major of ureterovaginal fistulae can be successfully managed by conservative methods. Modern endourological treatment will result in resolution of a ureterovaginal fistula if retrograde or anterograde passage of a suitable internal stent is feasible. When stenting failed or in complicated cases, ureteral reimplantation is necessary. Ureteroneocystostomy, psoas hitch and Boari flap are three different possible surgical techniques used to realized an ureteral reimplantation. Both open and mini invasive (laparoscopy and robot assisted) surgical approach have proved successful. PMID:25754410

  4. Urologic complications following obstetrics and gynecologicai surgery: Our experience in a tertiary care hospital

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    Pal, Dilip Kumar; Wats, Varun; Ghosh, Bastab

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Urinary tract injuries are a known complication of obstetrical and gynecological surgeries because of their anatomical proximity. Delayed diagnosis and improper management leads to high morbidity and even mortality. This is our three year's experience of urological complications after obstetric and gynecological surgery, their treatment and follows up. Materials and Methods: We reviewed all cases of urological injuries managed in our department that were deemed to be of obstetric and gynecological origins. Results: Thirty seven women were treated in the department for urological complications secondary to obstetric and gynecological procedures from January 2012 to December 2014. The most common organ involved was urinary bladder, occurring in 54% patients followed by ureter in 35.13%. Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) was the most common injury involving the bladder occurring in nineteen patients. Ureterovaginal fistula (UVF) occurred in nine patients and acute ureteric injury in three. Hysterectomy was the most common etiology occurring in 60% cases followed by obstetrical causes in 40% cases. All cases were successfully managed both with open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Conclusion: Although obstetrical causes are still important in developing countries, gynecological procedures especially laparoscopic surgeries are on the rise. In these procedures the suspicion of urological injuries should be kept in mind and intra-operative detection and early repair should be attempted. Delayed diagnosis and improper treatment leads to severe complications. PMID:26834397

  5. Alpha 1 adrenergic receptors in canine lower genitourinary tissues: insight into development and function

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    Shapiro, E.; Lepor, H.

    1987-10-01

    Radioligand receptor binding methods were used to characterize the alpha 1-adrenergic receptor in the bladder body, bladder base, prostate and urethra of the male dog. Saturation experiments were performed in tissue homogenates using (/sup 125/iodine)-Heat, an alpha 1-adrenergic antagonist of high specific activity (2,200 Ci. per mmol.). The equilibrium dissociation constant Kd for (/sup 125/iodine)-Heat binding in the bladder body (0.56 pM.), bladder base (0.81 +/- 0.11 pM.), prostate (0.86 +/- 0.19 pM.) and urethra (0.55 pM.) was similar, suggesting homogeneity of alpha 1-adrenergic binding sites in lower genitourinary tissues. The receptor density in the bladder body, bladder base, prostate and urethra, expressed as fmol. per mg. wet weight, was 0.22 +/- 0.02, 0.82 +/- 0.09, 0.55 +/- 0.06 and 0.27 +/- 0.06, respectively (mean +/- standard error of mean). Competitive binding experiments with (/sup 125/iodine)-Heat and unlabeled prazosin and clonidine confirmed the selectivity of Heat for alpha 1-adrenergic binding sites. Anatomical dissections have revealed that a major component of the smooth muscle of the bladder base and prostate originates from the ureter, whereas a major component of the smooth muscle of the urethra originates from the bladder. The measured alpha 1-adrenergic receptor densities support these developmental theories.

  6. Diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance voiding cystourethrography for detecting vesico-ureteral reflux in children and adolescents

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    Hekmatnia, Ali; Merrikhi, Alireza; Farghadani, Maryam; Barikbin, Roozbeh; Hekmatnia, Farzaneh; Nezami, Nariman

    2013-01-01

    Background: The purpose of the present study is to determine the accuracy of magnetic resonance voiding cystourethrography (MRVCUG) for diagnosis of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in children and adolescents with recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI). Materials and Methods: During the cross-sectional study from May 2009 to June 2011, 30 patients’ (60 kidney-ureter units) MRVCUG findings by 1.5 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were compared with voiding cystourethrography (VCUG) findings in patients with urinary tract infection. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values for MRVCUG were calculated. Findings: The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values and accuracy for MRVCUG for detecting VUR were respectively 92.68% (95% CI: 80.57-97.48%), 68.42% (95% CI: 46.01-84.64%), 86.36% (95% CI: 71.95-94.33%), 81.25% (95% CI: 53.69-95.02%), and 85% (95% CI: 80.40-89.60%. The level of agreement between MRVCUG and VCUG findings for diagnosis VUR was very good (P < 0.001, according to Cohen's kappa value = 0.638). Studying correlation of low grade VUR (grade I and II) and high grade VUR (grade III-V) showed a very good agreement between MRVCUG and VCUG findings (P < 0.001, Cohen's kappa value = 0.754). Conclusion: MRVCUG could accurately reveal the presence and severity of VUR, especially in cases with high-grade (grade III-V) VUR in both children and adolescents. PMID:23900240

  7. The electromechanical impactor: a new device for intracorporeal stone fragmentation.

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    Dretler, S P

    1993-06-01

    The Electromechanical Impactor was conceived as a safe and effective device for intracorporeal stone fragmentation. It is a 3 French EHL electrode enclosed within a stainless steel sheath. The interior is irrigated with saline. Discharge of the system causes an EHL spark which vaporizes saline and produces a cavitation bubble and subsequent shock wave. The shock wave propels a conical titanium tip forward for a distance of 2.7 mm with an impact pressure of 900 bar. Bench and animal testing has proven its effectiveness for stone fragmentation and safety for use within the ureter. The mean lifetime of each probe is approximately 700 pulses. It is used under direct vision through the straight operating port of a rigid or semi-rigid 9.5 French ureteroscope. Clinical studies at the Massachusetts General Hospital (reported herein) and the Mayo Clinic demonstrate approximately 90% efficacy. It is especially effective on cystine, calcium oxalate dihydrate, struvite and mixed calcium oxalate monohydrate calculi. Shiny-smooth black calcium oxalate monohydrate calculi will fragment but are more resistant. There has been no evidence of ureteral wall injury. The EMI is currently 5 French and is used both safely and effectively under direct vision of fragment ureteral calculi. Larger sizes are designed for percutaneous use and for bladder stone fragmentation. PMID:8342987

  8. Clinical experience with electromechanical impactor.

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    Dretler, S P

    1993-11-01

    The electromechanical impactor is a 3.0F electrohydraulic electrode within a stainless steel sheath attached to a distal compression spring with a conical titanium tip. Each electrical discharge causes a 2.7 mm. tip extension and a kinetic impact energy of 900 bar. It is 5F, flexible and placed within the straight working port of a 9.5F to 10.0F rigid or semirigid ureteroscope. A clinical trial was performed and 15 patients (16 ureters with calculi) were treated with this device. An upper ureteral stone partially fragmented and migrated cephalad, 1 stone failed to break and was basket extracted, and there was 1 machine failure. The 13 other calculi were successfully broken to fragments less than 5 mm. In 2 patients baskets were also used to remove the larger monohydrate fragments. A secondary procedure was required to basket a 4 mm. calcium oxalate monohydrate fragment in a patient with 3 ureteral calculi. The average size of the calculi was 14 mm. in largest diameter. Excluding the machine failure, the average number of pulses required for fragmentation was 764. The life of each device was 600 to 800 pulses. Of the 15 cases 1 electrode was used in 10, 2 in 3 and 3 in 2. There was no evidence of ureteral wall injury, abrasion or perforation. The electromechanical impactor is a safe and effective method of ureteral stone fragmentation. PMID:8411409

  9. A mathematical model for the induction of the mammalian ureteric bud.

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    Lawson, Brodie A J; Flegg, Mark B

    2016-04-01

    Congenital abnormalities of the kidney and urinary tract collectively form the most common type of prenatally diagnosed malformations. Whilst many of the crucial genes that direct the kidney developmental program are known, the mechanisms by which kidney organogenesis is achieved is still largely unclear. In this paper, we propose a mathematical model for the localisation of the ureteric bud, the precursor to the ureter and collecting duct system of the kidney. The mathematical model presented fundamentally implicates Schnakenberg-like ligand-receptor Turing patterning as the mechanism by which the ureteric bud is localised on the Wolfian duct as proposed by Menshykaul and Iber (2013). This model explores the specific roles of regulatory proteins GREM1 and BMP as well as the domain properties of GDNF production. Our model demonstrates that this proposed pattern formation mechanism is capable of naturally predicting the phenotypical outcomes of many genetic experiments from the literature. Furthermore, we conclude that whilst BMP inhibits GDNF away from the budding site and GREM1 permits GDNF to signal, GREM1 also stabilises the effect of BMP on GDNF signalling from fluctuations in BMP sensitivity but not signal strength. PMID:26801874

  10. GPs have key role in early diagnosis of endometriosis.

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    Coleman, Laura; Overton, Caroline

    2015-03-01

    Endometriosis is defined as the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus. Deposits are commonly distributed on the ovaries, uterosacral ligaments, pouch of Douglas, rectum and sigmoid colon, bladder and ureter. Endometriosis is common, affecting 10% of the female adult population and up to 50% of women with infertility. Risk factors include early menarche, late menopause, delayed childbearing, vaginal outflow obstruction and a first-degree relative affected. Women commonly present to their GP with pelvic pain, painful intercourse or subfertility. Classically the pain starts several days before the period which is extremely painful. After the period, symptoms tend to improve until mid-cycle when the pattern repeats again. Patients also complain of fatigue. Abdominal palpation, bimanual and speculum examination are important to identify signs of endometriosis, but also to exclude alternative diagnoses such as fibroid uterus, infection or pregnancy. However, a normal examination does not exclude a diagnosis of endometriosis. Serum CA125 can be raised in endometriosis but is not specific or sensitive for the condition and is therefore not recommended as a screening test. A normal pelvic ultrasound scan does not exclude a diagnosis of endometriosis. The gold standard investigation for endometriosis is laparoscopy and biopsy with histological confirmation. Referral should be considered if pain is not controlled with simple analgesia or the diagnosis is suspected in a woman who is actively trying to conceive. Early referral should be considered in women with abnormal examination findings, or an abnormal ultrasound result. PMID:26062268

  11. Bilateral ureteral obstruction revealing a benign prostatic hypertrophy: a case report and review of the literature

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    2014-01-01

    Introduction Prostatic hyperplasia is the most frequent tumor in men older than 50 years of age. Bilateral hydronephrosis secondary to benign prostatic hypertrophy is a rare condition most often due to vesicoureteral reflux. Herein we report a case of a patient with bilateral hydronephrosis with distal ureter obstruction caused by detrusor hypertrophy due to prostatic hyperplasia, our analysis of the clinical data and a review of the relevant published literature. Case presentation We report a case of a 65-year-old Berber man with clinically significant storage, bladder-emptying symptoms and bilateral low back pain with renal biologic failure and bilateral ureterohydronephrosis, distal ureteral stenosis, detrusor hypertrophy and prostate hyperplasia without significant post-void residual urine volume visualized by abdominal sonography. The patient underwent bilateral JJ stent insertion with transurethral resection of the prostate. The patient was discharged 3 days after surgery without any obvious complications. At his 3-month follow-up examination, the JJ stent was removed and the patient had comfortable urination without renal failure. Conclusion This is an extremely rare condition that has important diagnostic considerations because of the possibility of comorbid severe obstructive uropathy and chronic renal failure. PMID:24513237

  12. Ureteric stone in the presence of existing backache: lessons to learn.

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    Zulkifli, M Z; Ho, C C K; Goh, E H; Praveen, S; Das, S

    2012-01-01

    Incidence of urolithiasis is on the rise due to climatic changes especially global warming.The pain due to presence of ureteric stone is a well known identity but many times it may be asymptomatic or even masked by concurrent presence of backache. In the present article, we describe the case of a 43-year-old male who came to the clinic for treatment of backache persisting for more than two years. The patient complained of backache two years back for which he was treated with analgesics and physiotherapy which relieved his pain. No X-ray was taken earlier because the attending clinician thought the backache to be musculo-skeletal in origin. Recently, one day a sudden episode of backache in the midst of night compelled him to seek medical treatment. However, this time a X-ray was performed and it showed the presence of calculi in the right upper pelvis of ureter which measured 1.9 cm vertically. An ultrasound confirmed the diagnosis. The patient was treated with two episodes of shock wave therapy which failed to crush the stone. A Double-J stent was inserted under general anaesthesia. The stone was crushed using a ureteroscope guided laser. The present case report describes how backache in professionals cannot be lightly attended. Even the characteristic groin to loin pain may be absent. All cases of backache should be properly investigated with an X-ray to rule out renal or ureteric calculi. PMID:22362229

  13. Methodological Standardization for the Preclinical Evaluation of Renal Sympathetic Denervation

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    Sakakura, Kenichi; Ladich, Elena; Edelman, Elazer R.; Markham, Peter; Stanley, James R.L.; Keating, John; Kolodgie, Frank D.; Virmani, Renu; Joner, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Transcatheter ablation of renal autonomic nerves is a viable option for the treatment of resistent arterial hypertension; however, structured preclinical evaluation with standardization of analytical procedures remains a clear gap in this field. Here we discuss the topics relevant to the preclinical model for the evaluation of renal denervation (RDN) devices and report methodologies and criteria towards standardization of the safety and efficacy assessment, including histopathological evaluations of the renal artery, peri-arterial nerves, and associated peri-adventitial tissues. The preclinical swine renal artery model can be used effectively to assess both the safety and efficacy of RDN technologies. Assessment of the efficacy of RDN modalities primarily focuses on the determination of the depth of penetration of treatment-related injury (eg, necrosis) of the peri-arterial tissues and its relationship (ie, location and distance) and affect on the associated renal nerves and the correlation thereof with proxy biomarkers including renal norepinephrine concentrations and nerve-specific immunohistochemical stains (eg, tyrosine hydroxylase). The safety evaluation of RDN technologies involves assessing for adverse effects on tissues local to the site of treatment (ie, on the arterial wall) as well as tissues at a distance (eg, soft tissue, veins, arterial branches, skeletal muscle, adrenal gland, ureters). Increasing experience will help to create a standardized means of examining all arterial beds subject to ablative energy and in doing so enable us to proceed to optimize development and assessment of these emerging technologies. PMID:25240550

  14. Remote control of renal physiology by the intestinal neuropeptide pigment-dispersing factor in Drosophila

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    Talsma, Aaron D.; Christov, Christo P.; Terriente-Felix, Ana; Linneweber, Gerit A.; Perea, Daniel; Wayland, Matthew; Shafer, Orie T.; Miguel-Aliaga, Irene

    2012-01-01

    The role of the central neuropeptide pigment-dispersing factor (PDF) in circadian timekeeping in Drosophila is remarkably similar to that of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) in mammals. Like VIP, PDF is expressed outside the circadian network by neurons innervating the gut, but the function and mode of action of this PDF have not been characterized. Here we investigate the visceral roles of PDF by adapting cellular and physiological methods to the study of visceral responses to PDF signaling in wild-type and mutant genetic backgrounds. We find that intestinal PDF acts at a distance on the renal system, where it regulates ureter contractions. We show that PdfR, PDF's established receptor, is expressed by the muscles of the excretory system, and present evidence that PdfR-induced cAMP increases underlie the myotropic effects of PDF. These findings extend the similarities between PDF and VIP beyond their shared central role as circadian regulators, and uncover an unexpected endocrine mode of myotropic action for an intestinal neuropeptide on the renal system. PMID:22778427

  15. Myocardin is required for maintenance of vascular and visceral smooth muscle homeostasis during postnatal development.

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    Huang, Jianhe; Wang, Tao; Wright, Alexander C; Yang, Jifu; Zhou, Su; Li, Li; Yang, Jisheng; Small, Aeron; Parmacek, Michael S

    2015-04-01

    Myocardin is a muscle-restricted transcriptional coactivator that activates a serum response factor (SRF)-dependent gene program required for cardiogenesis and embryonic survival. To identify myocardin-dependent functions in smooth muscle cells (SMCs) during postnatal development, mice harboring a SMC-restricted conditional, inducible Myocd null mutation were generated and characterized. Tamoxifen-treated SMMHC-Cre(ERT2)/Myocd(F/F) conditional mutant mice die within 6 mo of Myocd gene deletion, exhibiting profound derangements in the structure of great arteries as well as the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. Conditional mutant mice develop arterial aneurysms, dissection, and rupture, recapitulating pathology observed in heritable forms of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD). SMCs populating arteries of Myocd conditional mutant mice modulate their phenotype by down-regulation of SMC contractile genes and up-regulation of extracellular matrix proteins. Surprisingly, this is accompanied by SMC autonomous activation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and autophagy, which over time progress to programmed cell death. Consistent with these observations, Myocd conditional mutant mice develop remarkable dilation of the stomach, small intestine, bladder, and ureters attributable to the loss of visceral SMCs disrupting the muscularis mucosa. Taken together, these data demonstrate that during postnatal development, myocardin plays a unique, and important, role required for maintenance and homeostasis of the vasculature, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tracts. The loss of myocardin in SMCs triggers ER stress and autophagy, which transitions to apoptosis, revealing evolutionary conservation of myocardin function in SMCs and cardiomyocytes. PMID:25805819

  16. Large-Amplitude Peristaltic Pumping of a Viscoelastic Fluid

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    Teran, Joseph; Fauci, Lisa; Shelley, Michael

    2006-11-01

    Peristaltic pumping by wave-like musculuar contractions is a fundamental biomechanical mechanism for fluid and material transport, and is used in the esophagus, intestine, oviduct and ureter. While peristaltic pumping of a Newtonian fluid is well understood, in many important applications (as in the fluid dynamics of reproduction) the fluids have non-Newtonian responses. Recent work has focused on large wave-length peristalsis of Oldroyd fluids. To study the problem more generally, we have developed a numerical method for simulating an Oldroyd-B fluid coupled to a deforming elastic membrane. A MAC grid-based projection method is used for the fluid equations and an immersed boundary method is used for coupling to a Lagrangian elastic representation of the deforming walls. We examine numerically the peristaltic transport of a viscous Oldroyd-B fluid over a range of Weissenberg numbers and peristalsis wave-lengths, and demonstrate fundamentally different and important behavior in the presence of large amplitude, short-wavelength peristalsis. We also demonstrate the loss of flow reversibility, and its consequences, due to fluid visco-elasticity.

  17. β-catenin is necessary to keep cells of ureteric bud/Wolffian duct epithelium in a precursor state

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    Marose, Thomas D.; Merkel, Calli E.; McMahon, Andrew P.; Carroll, Thomas J.

    2009-01-01

    Differentiation is the process by which tissues/organs take on their final, physiologically functional form. This process is mediated in part by the silencing of embryonic genes and the activation of terminal, differentiation gene products. Mammalian kidney development is initiated when the Wolffian duct branches and invades the overlying metanephric mesenchyme. The newly formed epithelial bud, known as the ureteric bud, will continue to branch ultimately differentiating into the collecting duct system and ureter. Here, we show that Hoxb7-Cre mediated removal of β-catenin from the mouse Wolffian duct epithelium leads to the premature expression of gene products normally associated with the differentiated kidney collecting duct system including the water channel protein, Aquaporin-3 and the tight junction protein isoform, ZO-1α+. Mutant cells fail to maintain expression of some genes associated with embryonic development, including several mediators of branching morphogenesis, which subsequently leads to kidney aplasia or hypoplasia. Reciprocally, expression of a stabilized form of β-catenin appears to block differentiation of the collecting ducts. All of these defects occur in the absence of any effects on the adherens junctions. These data indicate a role for β-catenin in maintaining cells of the Wolffian ducts and the duct derived ureteric bud/collecting duct system in an undifferentiated or precursor state. PMID:18177851

  18. Disruption of ROBO2 Is Associated with Urinary Tract Anomalies and Confers Risk of Vesicoureteral Reflux

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    Lu, Weining; van Eerde, Albertien M.; Fan, Xueping; Quintero-Rivera, Fabiola; Kulkarni, Shashikant; Ferguson, Heather; Kim, Hyung-Goo; Fan, Yanli; Xi, Qiongchao; Li, Qing-gang; Sanlaville, Damien; Andrews, William; Sundaresan, Vasi; Bi, Weimin; Yan, Jiong; Giltay, Jacques C.; Wijmenga, Cisca; de Jong, Tom P. V. M.; Feather, Sally A.; Woolf, Adrian S.; Rao, Yi; Lupski, James R.; Eccles, Michael R.; Quade, Bradley J.; Gusella, James F.; Morton, Cynthia C.; Maas, Richard L.

    2007-01-01

    Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) include vesicoureteral reflux (VUR). VUR is a complex, genetically heterogeneous developmental disorder characterized by the retrograde flow of urine from the bladder into the ureter and is associated with reflux nephropathy, the cause of 15% of end-stage renal disease in children and young adults. We investigated a man with a de novo translocation, 46,X,t(Y;3)(p11;p12)dn, who exhibits multiple congenital abnormalities, including severe bilateral VUR with ureterovesical junction defects. This translocation disrupts ROBO2, which encodes a transmembrane receptor for SLIT ligand, and produces dominant-negative ROBO2 proteins that abrogate SLIT-ROBO signaling in vitro. In addition, we identified two novel ROBO2 intracellular missense variants that segregate with CAKUT and VUR in two unrelated families. Adult heterozygous and mosaic mutant mice with reduced Robo2 gene dosage also exhibit striking CAKUT-VUR phenotypes. Collectively, these results implicate the SLIT-ROBO signaling pathway in the pathogenesis of a subset of human VUR. PMID:17357069

  19. Surgical treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm in association with horseshoe kidney. Three case reports and a review of technique.

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    Canova, G; Masini, R; Santoro, E; Bartolomeo, S; Martini, C; Becchi, G

    1998-01-01

    Horseshoe kidney is a rare congenital anomaly that can create various technical problems during surgery for repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. The diagnosis of this anomaly should be confirmed preoperatively in order to plan surgical strategy. Nowadays, in more than 90% of all cases, ultrasonography, contrast computerized tomography, urography, and angiography are the best instrumental methods of detecting this anomaly in association with abdominal aortic aneurysm. The transperitoneal approach assures the best exposure of the kidney, the ureters, the aneurysm, and both iliac vessels, but the renal isthmus can pose a problem in reimplanting aberrant renal arteries. When it is known preoperatively that renal revascularization should be performed, the left extraperitoneal approach is a better choice. In any event, the coexistence of horseshoe kidney and abdominal aortic aneurysm does not preclude the treatment of the latter. In elective surgery of abdominal aortic aneurysm, the morbidity and mortality rates in the presence of horseshoe kidney are much the same as those in the presence of normal kidneys. The best results in this kind of surgery are obtained by adapting one's surgical technique to each anatomical variant that is encountered. Images PMID:9782562

  20. Cystic lesion around the hip joint

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    Yukata, Kiminori; Nakai, Sho; Goto, Tomohiro; Ikeda, Yuichi; Shimaoka, Yasunori; Yamanaka, Issei; Sairyo, Koichi; Hamawaki, Jun-ichi

    2015-01-01

    This article presents a narrative review of cystic lesions around the hip and primarily consists of 5 sections: Radiological examination, prevalence, pathogenesis, symptoms, and treatment. Cystic lesions around the hip are usually asymptomatic but may be observed incidentally on imaging examinations, such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Some cysts may enlarge because of various pathological factors, such as trauma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or total hip arthroplasty (THA), and may become symptomatic because of compression of surrounding structures, including the femoral, obturator, or sciatic nerves, external iliac or common femoral artery, femoral or external iliac vein, sigmoid colon, cecum, small bowel, ureters, and bladder. Treatment for symptomatic cystic lesions around the hip joint includes rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug administration, needle aspiration, and surgical excision. Furthermore, when these cysts are associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and THA, primary or revision THA surgery will be necessary concurrent with cyst excision. Knowledge of the characteristic clinical appearance of cystic masses around the hip will be useful for determining specific diagnoses and treatments. PMID:26495246

  1. [Two Cases of Curative Resection of Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer after Preoperative Chemotherapy].

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    Mitsuhashi, Noboru; Shimizu, Yoshiaki; Kuboki, Satoshi; Yoshitomi, Hideyuki; Kato, Atsushi; Ohtsuka, Masayuki; Shimizu, Hiroaki; Miyazaki, Masaru

    2015-11-01

    Reports of conversion in cases of locally advanced colorectal cancer have been increasing. Here, we present 2 cases in which curative resection of locally advanced rectal cancer accompanied by intestinal obstruction was achieved after establishing a stoma and administering chemotherapy. The first case was of a 46-year-old male patient diagnosed with upper rectal cancer and intestinal obstruction. Because of a high level of retroperitoneal invasion, after establishing a sigmoid colostomy, 13 courses of mFOLFOX6 plus Pmab were administered. Around 6 months after the initial surgery, low anterior resection for rectal cancer and surgery to close the stoma were performed. Fourteen days after curative resection, the patient was discharged from the hospital. The second case was of a 66-year-old male patient with a circumferential tumor extending from Rs to R, accompanied by right ureter infiltration and sub-intestinal obstruction. After establishing a sigmoid colostomy, 11 courses of mFOLFOX6 plus Pmab were administered. Five months after the initial surgery, anterior resection of the rectum and surgery to close the stoma were performed. Twenty days after curative resection, the patient was released from the hospital. No recurrences have been detected in either case. PMID:26805302

  2. Clinical presentation and diagnostic approach in cases of genitourinary tuberculosis

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    Kapoor, Rakesh; Ansari, M. S.; Mandhani, Anil; Gulia, Anil

    2008-01-01

    Objective: We herein describe the various modes of presentation in genitourinary tuberculosis (GUTB) and a simple diagnostic approach to it. Materials and Methods: We made a literature search through Medline database and various other peer-reviewed online journals to study the various modes of presentation in GUTB. We reviewed over 100 articles published in the last 10 years (1998 -- 2007), which were tracked through the key words like GUTB and extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Results: GUTB has varied presentation and the most common way of presentation is in the form of irritative voiding symptoms, which are found in more than 50% of the patients. The usual frequency of organ involvement is: kidney, bladder, fallopian tube, and scrotum. The usual tests used to diagnose GUTB are the demonstration of mycobacterium in urine or body fluid and radiographic examination. Intravenous urography (IVU) has been considered to be one of the most useful tests for the anatomical as well as the functional details of kidneys and ureters. In cases of renal failure, MRI can be used. Newer examinations such as radiometric liquid culture systems (i.e., BACTEC®, Becton Dickinson, USA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) give rapid results and are highly sensitive in the identification of mycobacterium. Conclusion: GUTB can involve any part of the genitourinary system and presentation may vary from vague urinary symptoms to chronic kidney disease. Newer tests like radiometric liquid culture systems and polymerase chain reaction give rapid results and carry high diagnostic value. PMID:19468477

  3. MR imaging of renal masses: correlation with findings at surgery and pathologic analysis.

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    Pedrosa, Ivan; Sun, Maryellen R; Spencer, Matthew; Genega, Elizabeth M; Olumi, Aria F; Dewolf, William C; Rofsky, Neil M

    2008-01-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is useful in the characterization of renal masses. The MR imaging manifestations and pathologic diagnoses of 82 renal masses were reviewed and correlated. The MR imaging appearance of clear cell type renal cell carcinoma varies depending on the presence of cystic components, hemorrhage, and necrosis. Papillary renal cell carcinomas appear as well-encapsulated masses with homogeneous low signal intensity on T2-weighted images and homogeneous low-level enhancement after the intravenous administration of contrast material, or as cystic hemorrhagic masses with peripheral enhancing papillary projections. Transitional cell carcinoma may be seen as an irregular, enhancing filling defect in the pelvicaliceal system or ureter. Lymphomatous masses are usually hypointense relative to the renal cortex on T2-weighted images and enhance minimally on delayed gadolinium-enhanced images. Bulk fat is a distinguishing feature of angiomyolipoma. Oncocytoma has a variable and nonspecific appearance at MR imaging. MR imaging findings may allow the characterization of various renal masses and can provide valuable information for their clinical management. PMID:18635625

  4. [Bladder replacement with sigmoid colon for bladder cancer].

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    Nishimura, N; Suzu, H; Yushita, Y; Yamashita, S; Kanetake, H; Saito, Y; Sakuragi, T

    1991-01-01

    From 1972 to 1989, 21 patients underwent bladder replacement with sigmoid colon after cystectomy for bladder cancer. A portion of sigmoid colon (about 15 to 20 cm) was isolated and anastomosed to the urethral stump. Then the ureters were implanted in the sigmoid colon via submucosal tunnels. There were 20 men and 1 woman, ranging in age from 24 to 71 years (average 51 years). Preoperative investigations showed that all the cases were free of metastasis. Five years survival rate was 60.7% and there was no operative mortality. There was urethral recurrence in one case and in that case postoperative histopathology revealed carcinoma in situ with tumor. All patients were able to void by themselves without any difficulty. Five patients complained mild incontinence at daytime and all patients had mild incontinence during deep sleep at night, but all of them could maintain their normal daily life like before. The major postoperative complications were: leak at the site of anastomosis (between sigmoid colon and urethra) in 6 cases, hydronephrosis in 2 cases, VUR in 2 cases and bladder stone in 1 case. The patients who underwent bladder replacement with sigmoid colon were well satisfied, because there were no external stoma and the patients could void by themselves. From now, we want to improve our operative method in order to avoid postoperative incontinence. PMID:2046199

  5. Transcriptional repression by the T-box proteins Tbx18 and Tbx15 depends on Groucho corepressors.

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    Farin, Henner F; Bussen, Markus; Schmidt, Martina K; Singh, Manvendra K; Schuster-Gossler, Karin; Kispert, Andreas

    2007-08-31

    Tbox18 (Tbx18) and Tbox15 (Tbx15) encode a closely related pair of vertebrate-specific T-box (Tbx) transcription factors. Functional analyses in the mouse have proven the requirement of Tbx15 in skin and skeletal development and of Tbx18 in the formation of the vertebral column, the ureter, and the posterior pole of the heart. Despite the accumulation of genetic data concerning the embryological roles of these genes, it is currently unclear how Tbx18 and Tbx15 exert their function on the molecular level. Here, we have initiated a molecular analysis of Tbx18 and Tbx15 proteins and have characterized functional domains for nuclear localization, DNA binding, and transcriptional modulation. We show that both proteins homo- and heterodimerize, bind to various combinations of T half-sites, and repress transcription in a Groucho-dependent manner. Competition with activating T-box proteins may constitute one mode of action as we show that Tbx18 interacts with Gata4 and Nkx2-5 and competes Tbx5-mediated activation of the cardiac Natriuretic peptide precursor type a-promoter and that ectopic expression of Tbx18 down-regulates Tbx6-activated Delta-like 1 expression in the somitic mesoderm in vivo. PMID:17584735

  6. A case of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin due to the molecularly confirmed Lynch Syndrome.

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    Sorscher, Steven

    2015-01-01

    Patients with Lynch Syndrome are at high risk for developing a variety of cancers including cancers of the colon or rectum, small bowel, stomach, uterus, renal pelvis, ureter, biliary tract, ovaries, brain and pancreas (N Engl J Med 348: 919-32, 2003; Gut 57:1097-101, 2008; NCCN, Inc Guideline. Ft. Washington, PA. Online Version 2.2014). Lack of MLH-1 and MSH-2 expression commonly result from germline mutations in this inherited cancer syndrome. Here, we report the case of a patient with a molecularly confirmed germline mutation in MLH-1 along with a colon cancer showing lack of expression of MLH-1 as well as a squamous cell cancer of the skin from the abdominal wall also demonstrating lack of expression of MLH-1. This case appears to represent the second case report of a squamous cell skin cancer apparently due to the Lynch Syndrome and further supports a proposed relationship between Lynch Syndrome and these tumors. PMID:25995776

  7. Safe vaginal delivery in a renal transplant recipient: A case report.

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    Ozlü, Tülay; Dönmez, Melahat Emine; Dağıstan, Emine; Tekçe, Hikmet

    2014-01-01

    Here, we aimed to present a case of safe vaginal delivery in a renal transplant recipient and to mention the possible additional risks of caesarean section in such cases. A 40 year-old patient (G4P3), who had undergone renal transplantation 5 years ago, was admitted to our clinic at 39(2/7) weeks of pregnancy. The transplanted kidney at right iliac fossa was sonographically normal except for grade 1 hydronephrosis; the proximity of vascular anastomoses between the transplanted kidney and iliac vessels to the lower segment of the uterus was remarkable. There was no contraindication for vaginal delivery and it was believed that there would be a possible risk of injury to the transplanted kidney with caesarean delivery. The patient delivered a healthy baby weighing 3540 grams. There is a risk of injury to the renovascular and ureter anastomoses in renal transplant recipients during caesarean delivery. Normal vaginal delivery without abdominal compression is the safest method of delivery in these patients. If a situation that can necessitate internal iliac artery ligation or caesarean hysterectomy such as placenta accreata is expected, surgery should be performed in a centre where the renal transplant surgeon can oversee the surgery. PMID:24976780

  8. Vesicoureteral reflux in pediatric age: where are we today?

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    Altobelli, Emanuela; Gerocarni Nappo, Simona; Guidotti, Michele; Caione, Paolo

    2014-01-01

    Although the diagnosis of vesicoureteral reflux and of reflux nephropathy is a well-established and shared procedure, its treatment nowadays is still very controversial. New developments on the knowledge of pathophysiology of renal damage associated to reflux opened the way towards a different diagnostic work-up and different therapeutic approaches. Recently, the "top-down" diagnostic approach has gained wider interest, versus the "down-top" protocol. The attention has recently focused on the renal parenchyma damage and less interest has been given to the presence and the radiological degree of vesicoureteral reflux. The review criteria were based on an in-depth search of references conducted on PubMed, using the terms "vesicoureteral reflux", "children", "incidence", "etiology", "diagnosis", "treatment" and "outcomes". The selection of the papers cited in this review was influenced by the content and the relevance to the points focused in the article.Conservative approaches include no treatment option with watchful waiting, long-term antibiotic prophylaxis and bladder rehabilitation. The operative treatment consists of endoscopic, open, laparoscopic and robotic procedures to stop the refluxing ureter.No final consensus has been achieved in literature yet, and further studies are necessary in order to better define the subset of children at risk of developing progression of renal damage.This review aims to clarify the diagnostic management and the urological-nephrological treatment of reflux in pediatric age, on the basis of a review of the best-published evidence. PMID:25083520

  9. In vivo irreversible electroporation kidney ablation: experimentally correlated numerical models.

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    Neal, Robert E; Garcia, Paulo A; Kavnoudias, Helen; Rosenfeldt, Franklin; Mclean, Catriona A; Earl, Victoria; Bergman, Joanne; Davalos, Rafael V; Thomson, Kenneth R

    2015-02-01

    Irreversible electroporation (IRE) ablation uses brief electric pulses to kill a volume of tissue without damaging the structures contraindicated for surgical resection or thermal ablation, including blood vessels and ureters. IRE offers a targeted nephron-sparing approach for treating kidney tumors, but the relevant organ-specific electrical properties and cellular susceptibility to IRE electric pulses remain to be characterized. Here, a pulse protocol of 100 electric pulses, each 100 μs long, is delivered at 1 pulse/s to canine kidneys at three different voltage-to-distance ratios while measuring intrapulse current, completed 6 h before humane euthanasia. Numerical models were correlated with lesions and electrical measurements to determine electrical conductivity behavior and lethal electric field threshold. Three methods for modeling tissue response to the pulses were investigated (static, linear dynamic, and asymmetrical sigmoid dynamic), where the asymmetrical sigmoid dynamic conductivity function most accurately and precisely matched lesion dimensions, with a lethal electric field threshold of 575 ± 67 V/cm for the protocols used. The linear dynamic model also attains accurate predictions with a simpler function. These findings can aid renal IRE treatment planning under varying electrode geometries and pulse strengths. Histology showed a wholly necrotic core lesion at the highest electric fields, surrounded by a transitional perimeter of differential tissue viability dependent on renal structure. PMID:25265626

  10. Iron Chelation by Deferoxamine Prevents Renal Interstitial Fibrosis in Mice with Unilateral Ureteral Obstruction

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    Tajima, Soichiro; Imao, Mizuki; Horinouchi, Yuya; Izawa-Ishizawa, Yuki; Kihira, Yoshitaka; Miyamoto, Licht; Ishizawa, Keisuke; Tsuchiya, Koichiro; Tamaki, Toshiaki

    2014-01-01

    Renal fibrosis plays an important role in the onset and progression of chronic kidney diseases (CKD). Although several mechanisms underlying renal fibrosis and candidate drugs for its treatment have been identified, the effect of iron chelator on renal fibrosis remains unclear. In the present study, we examined the effect of an iron chelator, deferoxamine (DFO), on renal fibrosis in mice with surgically induced unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO). Mice were divided into 4 groups: UUO with vehicle, UUO with DFO, sham with vehicle, and sham with DFO. One week after surgery, augmented renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis and the expression of collagen I, III, and IV increased in mice with UUO; these changes were suppressed by DFO treatment. Similarly, UUO-induced macrophage infiltration of renal interstitial tubules was reduced in UUO mice treated with DFO. UUO-induced expression of inflammatory cytokines and extracellular matrix proteins was abrogated by DFO treatment. DFO inhibited the activation of the transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-Smad3 pathway in UUO mice. UUO-induced NADPH oxidase activity and p22phox expression were attenuated by DFO. In the kidneys of UUO mice, divalent metal transporter 1, ferroportin, and ferritin expression was higher and transferrin receptor expression was lower than in sham-operated mice. Increased renal iron content was observed in UUO mice, which was reduced by DFO treatment. These results suggest that iron reduction by DFO prevents renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis by regulating TGF-β-Smad signaling, oxidative stress, and inflammatory responses. PMID:24586712

  11. Iron chelation by deferoxamine prevents renal interstitial fibrosis in mice with unilateral ureteral obstruction.

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    Ikeda, Yasumasa; Ozono, Iori; Tajima, Soichiro; Imao, Mizuki; Horinouchi, Yuya; Izawa-Ishizawa, Yuki; Kihira, Yoshitaka; Miyamoto, Licht; Ishizawa, Keisuke; Tsuchiya, Koichiro; Tamaki, Toshiaki

    2014-01-01

    Renal fibrosis plays an important role in the onset and progression of chronic kidney diseases (CKD). Although several mechanisms underlying renal fibrosis and candidate drugs for its treatment have been identified, the effect of iron chelator on renal fibrosis remains unclear. In the present study, we examined the effect of an iron chelator, deferoxamine (DFO), on renal fibrosis in mice with surgically induced unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO). Mice were divided into 4 groups: UUO with vehicle, UUO with DFO, sham with vehicle, and sham with DFO. One week after surgery, augmented renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis and the expression of collagen I, III, and IV increased in mice with UUO; these changes were suppressed by DFO treatment. Similarly, UUO-induced macrophage infiltration of renal interstitial tubules was reduced in UUO mice treated with DFO. UUO-induced expression of inflammatory cytokines and extracellular matrix proteins was abrogated by DFO treatment. DFO inhibited the activation of the transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-Smad3 pathway in UUO mice. UUO-induced NADPH oxidase activity and p22(phox) expression were attenuated by DFO. In the kidneys of UUO mice, divalent metal transporter 1, ferroportin, and ferritin expression was higher and transferrin receptor expression was lower than in sham-operated mice. Increased renal iron content was observed in UUO mice, which was reduced by DFO treatment. These results suggest that iron reduction by DFO prevents renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis by regulating TGF-β-Smad signaling, oxidative stress, and inflammatory responses. PMID:24586712

  12. BCG for carcinoma in situ.

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    Jakse, G

    1992-01-01

    Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the most effective intravesical therapy of carcinoma in situ of the urinary bladder. Six, weekly instillations of BCG result in a complete remission in about 70-80% of patients. The optimal dose however has still to be defined, and the value of maintenance therapy is also a matter of debate. Recurrent tumours after complete remission occur mainly in the distal ureter and prostatic urethra. In these patients, cystectomy may be required. In about 60-80% of patients, local (e.g. cystitis) and/or systemic (e.g. fever, malaise) side effects are observed. The occurrence of cystitis is associated with the number of instillations, BCG dose and a positive skin test. Systemic side effects are connected with pre-existing dysuria or bacterial cystitis and with traumatic catheterization. Severe toxicity occurs in about 5% of the patients. Prognostic parameters indicating complete remission have yet to be determined, but there is evidence that cytokines detected in the urine and immune-cell infiltration into the bladder wall revealed by immunohistochemistry, can be of value in this respect. PMID:1396945

  13. Esrrg functions in early branch generation of the ureteric bud and is essential for normal development of the renal papilla.

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    Berry, Rachel; Harewood, Louise; Pei, Liming; Fisher, Malcolm; Brownstein, David; Ross, Allyson; Alaynick, William A; Moss, Julie; Hastie, Nicholas D; Hohenstein, Peter; Davies, Jamie A; Evans, Ronald M; FitzPatrick, David R

    2011-03-01

    Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUTs) are common disorders of human development affecting the renal parechyma, renal pelvis, ureter, bladder and urethra; they show evidence of shared genetic aetiology, although the molecular basis of this remains unknown in the majority of cases. Breakpoint mapping of a de novo, apparently balanced, reciprocal translocation associated with bilateral renal agenesis has implicated the gene encoding the nuclear steroid hormone receptor ESRRG as a candidate gene for CAKUT. Here we show that the Esrrg protein is detected throughout early ureteric ducts as cytoplasmic/sub-membranous staining; with nuclear localization seen in developing nephrons. In 14.5-16.5 dpc (days post-conception) mouse embryos, Esrrg localizes to the subset of ductal tissue within the kidney, liver and lung. The renal ductal expression becomes localized to renal papilla by 18.5 dpc. Perturbation of function was performed in embryonic mouse kidney culture using pooled siRNA to induce knock-down and a specific small-molecule agonist to induce aberrant activation of Esrrg. Both resulted in severe abnormality of early branching events of the ureteric duct. Mouse embryos with a targeted inactivation of Esrrg on both alleles (Esrrg(-/-)) showed agenesis of the renal papilla but normal development of the cortex and remaining medulla. Taken together, these results suggest that Esrrg is required for early branching events of the ureteric duct that occur prior to the onset of nephrogenesis. These findings confirm ESRRG as a strong candidate gene for CAKUT. PMID:21138943

  14. Alpha-Lipoic Acid Attenuates Renal Injury in Rats with Obstructive Nephropathy

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    Leelarungrayub, Dolrawee; Thamprasert, Kamthorn

    2013-01-01

    This study was established to determine the possible protective effects of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), a powerful antioxidant, on renal injury in obstructive nephropathy. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned into sham-operated unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and UUO treated with ALA groups. ALA 60 mg/kg was injected intraperitoneally 2 days before UUO induction and continued afterward for 7 days. Renal function, oxidative stress markers, nitric oxide, transforming growth factor-1 (TGF-β1), and histological changes were evaluated at the end of the experiment. Obstruction of the ureter resulted in renal dysfunction as indicated by significant increases in blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine. Nonobstructed contralateral kidneys in all groups examined did not show any morphological or biochemical alterations. In untreated UUO group, the obstructed kidney developed marked hydronephrosis, leukocyte infiltration, and severe interstitial fibrosis. These functional and structural changes were associated with significant increases in tissue levels of malondialdehyde, nitric oxide, and TGF-β1 but decreases in reduced glutathione and total antioxidant capacity. Pretreatment with ALA significantly minimized all the changes elicited by ureteral obstruction. These findings demonstrate that ALA supplementation attenuates renal injury in rats with obstructive nephropathy and further suggest that oxidative stress inhibition is likely to be involved in the beneficial effects of this compound. PMID:24288661

  15. Ultrasonographic diagnosis of renal disease in small animals.

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    Cartee, R E; Selcer, B A; Patton, C S

    1980-03-01

    Real-time ultrasonography was found to be useful in the diagnosis of hydronephrosis, renal calculi, and renal neoplasia in the dog and cat. One dog with hydronephorsis, one with renal calculi, and a cat with a renal neoplasm were scanned with a real-time ultrasonic scanner. Abnormal enlargement due to fluid accumulation was determined by ultrasonographic imaging in the case of hydronephrosis. The location and mobility of the renal calculus were observed during ultrasonography. An uneven contour and parenchymal masses in the neoplastic kidney were detected by ultrasonographic imaging of the cat. The findings were confirmed either by radiography or by postmortem examination. Previously, hydronephrosis could be diagnosed only by radiography, especially by excretory urography. Ultrasonography offers a noninvasive method for diagnosis of hydronephrosis. Localization of a urinary calculus at either the proximal end of the ureter or within the renal pelvis may be difficult by radiography. The ability of real-time ultrasonography to detect motion of the calculi within the pelvis offers an improved diagnostic capability to the veterinarian. The inability of radiography to determine the cause of renal enlargement is contrasted with the ability of ultrasonography to detect changes in tissue density that might be compatible with renal neoplasms PMID:7358560

  16. [Urothelial tumors versus "endemic" nephropathy - myth or reality?].

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    Panchev, P; Kumanov, H; Yanev, K

    1998-01-01

    Malignant tumors of the renal pelvis account for over 78 per cent of all malignant tumors of the kidney, and less than 1 per cent of all urogenital neoplasms. At the time of diagnosing, almost one third of these patients present with tumor of the ipsilateral ureter or bladder, and 40-50 per cent have ureteral tumor located elsewhere (D. Crawford, S. Das, 1990). After World War Two, the frequency of publications on cases of primary tumors of the pelvis show a noticeable increase, e.g. in Yugoslavia and Bulgaria the ratio of parenchymatous renal tumors to those of the renal pelvis is conspicuously altered. S. Petcovic (1970) and S. Lambrev (1972) attribute this fact to the existence of endemic "nephropathy" foci. It is the purpose of this work to analyze twenty-nine patients presenting carcinoma of the upper urinary ways, studied in the Chair of Urology in the period 1991 through 1997. Of them only four come from "endemic" regions. Over the period 1972-1975, fifty-nine patients with the same condition undergo treatment in the aforementioned Chair. It is worth noting that patients from the so-called "endemic" regions lack the typical signs of "endemic" nephropathy. The assumption is warranted that "endemic" nephropathy is a still not well enough clarified nosological entity, bearing resemblance to contamination with radioactive elements with a "boom" during the half-life period gradually subsiding. PMID:11247069

  17. [Clinical effects of allylestrenol on benign prostatic hypertrophy by double-blind method].

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    Shida, K; Koyanagi, T; Kawakura, K; Nishida, T; Kumamoto, Y; Orikasa, S; Sato, S; Takeda, M; Yamanaka, H; Shimazaki, J

    1986-04-01

    A double blind comparative clinical trial was performed with allylestrenol (AE) and chlormadinone acetate (CMA) to investigate the clinical efficacy of AE on prostatic hypertrophy. Both drugs were administered orally for 12-16 weeks in a daily dose of 50 mg. With both drugs marked improvement of disorders of micturition and a slight decrease in the size of the hypertrophied prostatic node were observed. No significant difference was observed between the two drugs in the overall efficacy of the treatments. Significant improvement of practically all parameters used for evaluation of results was observed with both drugs following treatment. Ultrasonotomographic examination revealed diminution of the size of the prostatic node and x-ray examination of the ureter showed improvement in elevation of the fundus of the bladder. These improvements were better after CMA treatment than after AE treatment. With all other parameters used no significant difference was observed between the two drugs. Mild adverse effects such as loss of sexual desire and potency were observed in a few cases. The incidence of side-effects was lower following AE treatment, and the incidence of loss of sexual desire and potency was significantly lower after AE than after CMA. Taking into consideration efficacy and safety of the treatments, no significant difference was observed in usefulness between the two drugs, and we were able to confirm the usefulness of AE for the conservative treatment of prostatic hypertrophy. PMID:2426932

  18. Anatomic basis of minimal anterior extraperitoneal approach to the lumbar spine.

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    Lazennec, J Y; Pouzet, B; Ramare, S; Mora, N; Hansen, S; Trabelsi, R; Guérin-Surville, H; Saillant, G

    1999-01-01

    Anterior lumbar spine approaches may be indicated for fusion in degenerative lumbar spine disorders or to fill discal and bone gaps after fracture reduction. We present an anterior extraperitoneal approach applicable to any discal and vertebral levels from T12 to S1. The anatomic study, based on 25 cadavers, highlights retroperitoneal dissection principles for easy kidney and duodenopancreatic mobilisation and direct left anterior access to the entire lumbar spine. We established a precise description of the lumbar veins and the anastomoses between the left renal vein and hemiazygos system, in order to define different topographic and anatomic factors related to safe and easily reproducible approaches for cage or graft implementation. Independent of the level and previous intraperitoneal surgery, lumbar spine access with this approach safeguards the kidney, ureter, spleen, hypogastric plexus and duodenopancreatic system. Regarding operating time, blood-loss and possibilities for freshening and grafting, this technique seems an effective counterbalance to the difficulties and complex technology of endoscopic approaches. The clinical study includes our first 42 cases in traumatic and degenerative lesions. Avoiding the neurologic or hemorrhagic risk inherent in classical posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) techniques, it can be considered as a reasonable and valid alternative. This technique could be used in the near future for mini invasive discal prosthesis insertion. PMID:10370987

  19. The prune belly syndrome in a female foetus with urorectal septum malformation sequence: a case report on a rare entity with an unusual association.

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    Goswami, Dibyajyoti; Kusre, Giriraj; Dutta, Hemonta Kumar; Sarma, Adity

    2013-08-01

    The prune belly syndrome is a rare congenital anomaly which is characterized by the triad of an absent or a deficient development of the abdominal muscle, bilateral cryptorchidism and an anomalous urinary tract. In its full form, this condition occurs only in males. However, a similar condition occurs in females in the absence of cryptorchidism. On the other hand, the urorectal septum malformation sequence is a lethal congenital malformation which is characterized by the development of a phallus like structure, a smooth perineum and the absence of urethral, vaginal and anal openings. We are reporting a case of a female foetus with the prune belly syndrome, which was associated with a urorectal septum malformation sequence. A dead foetus with a protruded abdomen and ambiguous genitalia, was born at 32 weeks of pregnancy. On autopsy, it was found to have female internal genital organs. The left kidney, the urinary bladder and the rectum were absent. The sigmoid colon, the ureters and the fallopian tubes opened into a common cloacal sac. The histopathological examination of the ovary showed the presence of Leydig's cells. The occurrence of the female counterpart of the prune belly syndrome is extremely rare and only few of such cases were found to be discussed in the details in the indexed English literature so far. Hence, we hope that this case report will contribute to the existing knowledge on the prune belly syndrome. PMID:24086893

  20. Laparoscopic rectal resection with intraoperative radiotherapy in locally advanced cancer: preliminary results.

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    Civello, Ignazio Massimo; Brisinda, Giuseppe; Brandara, Francesco; Marniga, Gaia; Mazzeo, Pasquale; Giacchi, Francesco; Vanella, Serafino

    2007-12-01

    Carcinoma of the rectum is a common malignancy, especially in developed countries. The main stay of the therapy for rectal cancer is radical surgery. Total mesorectal excision has emerged as the surgical technique that can substantially reduce local recurrences. The laparoscopic approach does not seem to entail any oncologic disadvantages. Radiotherapy (RT) alone is capable of eradicating some localized rectal tumors while its effect on larger tumors is limited by normal tissue tolerance, tumor sensitivity and microscopic spread beyond the primary site. Preoperative chemoradiation has potential advantages. The rationale for combining cytotoxic agents and RT is based on the ability of some drugs to act as an enhancer of RT. Preoperative chemoradiation can potentially downstage tumors to facilitate surgery, reduce the risk of tumor seeding, problems with hypoxia which is increased postoperatively, allowing more optimal tumor cell kill for equivalent doses compared to postoperative radiotherapy. The addition of radiation to surgery has been successfully used in many disease sites. In the intraoperative radiotherapy (IOERT), a high dose to the area of highest risk for tumor cell persistence is delivered while dose-limiting structures such as small bowel, bladder, or ureters can be mechanically excluded. Our preliminary experience shows that laparoscopic rectal resection with IOERT is not only feasible, but associates oncologic radical treatment with important advantages of laparoscopic approach. PMID:18035536