Single-step percutaneous nephrolithotomy (microperc): The initial clinical report - Abstract

Departments of Urology, Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Gujarat, India.

University Hospital Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany.



To our knowledge we report the first technical feasibility and safety study of 1-step percutaneous nephrolithotomy using the previously described 4.85Fr all-seeing needle (PolyDiagnost, Pfaffenhofen, Germany). We defined microperc as modified percutaneous nephrolithotomy in which renal access and percutaneous nephrolithotomy are done in 1 step using the all-seeing needle.

Microperc was performed in 10 cases using the 4.85Fr all-seeing needle to achieve collecting system access under direct vision. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy was done through the same 16 gauge needle sheath with a 3-way connector allowing irrigation, and passage of a flexible telescope and a 200 μm holmium:YAG laser fiber. We prospectively analyzed preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative parameters.

Mean calculous size was 14.3 mm. Two of the 10 patients were of pediatric age, and 1 each had an ectopic pelvic kidney, chronic kidney disease and obesity. Microperc was feasible in all cases with mean ± SD surgeon visual analog score for access of 3.1 ± 1.2, a mean 1.4 ± 1.0 gm/dl hemoglobin decrease and a mean hospital stay of 2.3 ± 1.2 days. The stone-free rate at 1 month was 88.9%. In 1 patient intraoperative bleeding obscured vision, requiring conversion to mini percutaneous nephrolithotomy. There were no postoperative complications and no auxiliary procedures were required.

Microperc is technically feasible, safe and efficacious for small volume renal calculous disease. Further clinical studies and direct comparison with available modalities are required to define the place of microperc in the treatment of nonbulky renal urolithiasis.

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Desai MR, Sharma R, Mishra S, Sabnis RB, Stief C, Bader M.   Are you the author?

Reference: J Urol. 2011 Jul;186(1):140-5.
doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2011.03.029

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21575966 Stone Disease Section



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