While ureteroscopy (URS) is a common procedure for ureteric stones, this window between diagnosis and treatment leaves the possibility for a 'negative', 'stoneless' or 'diagnostic' URS. We perform a systematic review to look at the rate of 'negative ureteroscopy' and risk factors associated with it.
From a total of 3599 articles and 68 abstracts, 4 studies (1336 patients) were selected. The negative URS rate varied from 4 to 14%. Common predictors seem to be female gender, small stones, radiolucent stones and distal ureteric stones. Although infrequent, negative ureteroscopy should be avoided in patients with ureteric stones by performing a low-dose CT scan on the day of surgery. This should especially be performed for females and those with smaller, radiolucent or distal ureteric stones.
Current urology reports. 2019 Feb 07*** epublish ***
Patrick Rice, Sarah Prattley, Bhaskar K Somani
Department of Urology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, Southampton, UK., Department of Urology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, Southampton, UK. .