[Ureteroscopy in ureteric stone management: the need for laser lithotripsy and ancillary equipment].

Over the past several decades, there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of nephrolithiasis in the general population. Ureteroscopy has become the treatment of choice for a growing number of urologic conditions; ureteroscopy is still relatively new procedure and continue to undergo significant advancement. The recent technical development of small caliber semi rigid and flexible deflectable ureteroscopes and the development of diminutive intra-corporeal lithotripsy probes have made the retrograde access to urinary calculi throughout the entire ureter a more feasible and low-risk technique. The study aims to identify the need for use of laser lithotripsy and/or other ureteroscopic ancillary equipment (ureteric stent, ureteric catheter, forceps and dormia basket) in patient undergoing ureteroscopy for ureteric stone management. A prospective observational study from 2013 to 2015. The study conducted in urosurgical theater in Al-Jumhoori Teaching Hospital. 200 patient with ureteric stone in the study treated by ureteroscopy. The mean age of the patient is 36 years. Ureteroscopy had done in the right side in 98 patients, left side in 83 patients, and bilateral ureteroscopy in 19 patients. Ureteric stones found in upper ureter in 86 patients, middle ureteric stone seen in 40 patients, and lower ureteric stone founded in 108 patients, whereas 16 patients had stones at more than one location. Ureteric catheter used in 33 patients, and had been removed after 48-72 hours, while Double J stent had been used in 175 patients and had been removed after 2 to 8 weeks.

Urologiia (Moscow, Russia : 1999). 2020 Sep [Epub]

A I Hassan, B Ms Al-Hammodi, R M Ramzi

Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq.