Efficiency and Safety of the Sting Operation on Kidney Transplanted Patients with Symptomatic Vesicoureteral Reflux and Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction.

The study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of the endoscopic treatment in transplanted patients with neurogenic bladder who complained of symptomatic vesicoureteral reflux (VUR).

Fifteen patients with VUR who were previously diagnosed with a neurogenic bladder were included in the study. The Lich-Gregoire technique was used for ureterovesical anastomosis during transplantation, and a double J stent was inserted routinely in the ureter to protect the anastomosis. The sting operation was performed under general anesthesia in the lithotomy position. A 4.8 Fr double J stent (Boston Scientific, Boston, MA) was inserted to prevent the risk of ureteral obstruction. Successful treatment was defined as absent acute glomerulopyelonephritis (AGPN) during follow-up and as absent VUR on radiological evaluation.

Clinical success was achieved in 6 of 10 patients (60%) who presented with recurrent febrile urinary tract infection (UTI) and in 4 of 6 (66%) patients who presented with gradually graft function deterioration. In 3 patients, the ureteral neo-orifice could not be localized during the operation owing to severe trabeculation of the bladder wall. The other 2 patients with a previous history of augmented bladder procedures had a hypotension attack during bladder filling; hence, the operation was stopped to prevent further complications. Two patients, whose clinical symptoms did not resolve after the sting procedure, accepted open ureteral reimplantation surgery.

Endoscopic management of the VUR in the transplant patients with neurogenic bladder function is safe and effective in at least half of the patients in a mid-term follow-up period.

Transplantation proceedings. 2019 Dec 31 [Epub]

Muhsin Balaban, Orkunt Özkaptan

Biruni University Shool of Medicine Urology Department, Topkapi, Istanbul-Turkey., Urology Department Lütfi Kirdar Training and Research Hospital, Kartal, Istanbul,Turkey. Electronic address: .