Letter from the Editor - December 2012

Dear Colleagues,

We at UroToday International Journal have seen the course of another year come and go, and with it, many changes have transpired. We have seen updates to our website that have increased your ability to view our articles, submit to our journal, and have an all-around joyful experience.

As always, with the New Year, we hope to increase our readership and global community so to better provide articles of importance, as well as interest. And, with our new archiving opportunities with Portico, we know the information offered through UIJ is here to stay.

In this issue, a review from Leao and team discusses the relationship between urinary tract symptoms and renal damage, bearing in mind the epidemiology and pathophysiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and potential associations. They emphasize that renal damage secondary to BPH is a preventable disease.

Three studies came to us from Satáa et al.: In one, they conducted a study to evaluate the correlation between Gleason scores obtained on prostate biopsies and radical prostatectomy. They determine that the accuracy of Gleason scores determined by transrectal needle biopsy in patients with prostate cancer seems unreliable.

In the second, they examined the various modalities employed in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Crohn disease complicated by fistulae, and they discovered that treatment, based on resection of the diseased bowel and extirpation of the fistula, could be accomplished with minimal morbidity and mortality.

In the third, they report experiences and results of balloon antegrade dilatations for benign ureteroenteric anastomotic strictures after total cystectomy and urinary diversion by ileal conduit, concluding that it is a minimally invasive and effective treatment option.

Singh et al. present their experience performing percutaneous nephrolithotomy in solitary kidneys, and they assess the postoperative complications and importance of nadir serum creatinine as a marker of long-term renal function. They find that nadir serum creatinine remains the most important predictor of long-term renal function.

We also present a series of case studies on several topics, including migratory intrauterine contraceptive devices, the use of guide wires, and horseshoe kidney malignancies, among others.

We are always grateful to our loyal readership and our ever-increasing list of authors who have contributed to UIJ after all these years. Without your dedication, we would not be where we are today. Thank you for your support. 

Warm regards, 

Karl-Erik Andersson