Stefanie Petrou Binder, MD
Brain activity in OAB patients characterized in study
Preliminary findings of a Swiss study revealed that the brain activity associated with the desire to void in response to the automated, repetitive filling and distention of the bladder with body warm saline differed greatly between healthy patients and patients with non-neurogenic overactive bladder.
Botulinum formulations show slight outcomes differences
A new comparative study showed that the use of intradetrusor injections of abobotulinum toxin A (Dysport) for urinary incontinence due to neurogenic detrusor overactivity provided results that were similar to or superior to those seen with onabotulinum toxin A (Botox), depending on the dosage of the latter.
BPH technique efficacious even in severe obstruction
A patient follow-up report shows promising mid-term results from five German urology centers that implemented the prostatic urethral lift (UroLift System, NeoTract, Inc.) to alleviate symptomatic BPH in patients suffering from mild, moderate, and even severe obstruction.
Selective clamping promising in robot-assisted PN
Near-infrared fluorescence-guided selective clamping with indocyanine green fluorescent dye in robot-assisted partial nephrectomy appears to be a promising technique to delineate renal tumor anatomy for the bloodless resection of renal masses while minimizing ischemic damage to the kidney.
Study: Safety, efficacy similar between PVP, TURP
Photoselective vaporization of the prostate is non-inferior to transurethral resection of the prostate in men with benign prostatic obstruction, researchers reported at the European Association of Urology annual congress in Stockholm, Sweden.
Alpha-blockers top choice for first-line LUTS treatment
Most urologists turn to alpha-blockers as first-line treatment for BPH-related lower urinary tract symptoms, while transurethral resection of the prostate remains the most commonly used surgical modality, according to a recent survey.
For BPH, bipolar, monopolar transurethral resection of the prostate show similar clinical efficacy
In the treatment of BPH, while both bipolar-transurethral resection of the prostate (B-TURP) and monopolar-TURP (M-TURP) have similar clinical efficacy, B-TURP is associated with fewer adverse events, according to a recent systematic review of the two modalities.
Reduced OR, laser time observed with newer PVP system
The new-generation GreenLight XPS-180W laser system (American Medical Systems, Minnetonka, MN) achieved an improved rate of tissue vaporization and overall efficacy in patients with BPH compared to an earlier generation laser, according to results of a recent multicenter study.
Secondary radiation therapy does not negatively impact continence
The clinical advantages of adjuvant or salvage radiation therapy in patients treated for prostate cancer by radical prostatectomy is currently a much-debated issue and is frequently decided for the individual patient. New evidence, however, seems to indicate that secondary radiation therapy (RT) does not negatively affect urinary continence.
Risk of aggressive prostate cancer may be raised by diabetes
Prostate cancer patients who also have long-term diabetes mellitus and/or diabetes with organ failure may have a higher likelihood of developing more aggressive, poorly differentiated prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

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