Stone Disease

Challenging cases in urology: Persistent ureteral stone in a 76-year-old maleAn elderly male with hypertension, lumbar spinal stenosis, morbid obesity, and ED presents with acute right-sided worsening of his chronic back pain. A distal right ureteral stone is found on CT and his symptoms respond well to medical therapy, but he later develops severe right flank pain.
Unplanned encounters common after ureteroscopyFindings of a retrospective study confirm that unplanned encounters are common after ureteroscopy.
Quality of stone care: We can do betterA recent study "revealed that inadequate pain control, presence of a ureteral stent, and a first-time stone treatment were the most common reasons for unplanned utilization of health care services [following ureteroscopy]," writes Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH.
[Quiz]: Abnormality seen in post-PCNL imagingA 42-year-old female undergoes right percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) for a complete staghorn calculus. As a routine after PCNL, a chest-x-ray was obtained using fluoroscopy. What abnormality is seen?
URS techniques: When to choose dusting vs. basketingWhen treating kidney stones, debate continues over the use of dusting versus basketing. In this interview, Olivier Traxer, MD, describes both methods, lists his preferred laser settings, and explains why he changed the way he uses ureteral access sheaths.
Ureteroscopy stone-free rates ‘disappointingly low’A study analyzing stone-free rates after ureteroscopy suggests that urologists might consider applying refined patient selection criteria in order to achieve better outcomes.
Top 6 stone disease articles of 2017Videos demonstrating ureteroscopy techniques, the debate over medical expulsive therapy, and research into ureteroscopy's possible effect on erectile function were among our most-read stone disease articles of 2017.
Challenging cases in urology: A case of hydronephrosis, sepsis, and painA 61-year-old female complains of acute-onset right-sided flank and abdominal pain. She describes associated nausea, but denied urinary symptoms, hematuria, fever, or chills.
Lipid metabolism linked to pediatric stone formationThe results could have major diagnostic and treatment implications for pediatric kidney stone patients, a researcher says.
Stone retrieval device shows high versatility, efficacyResults from bench studies favor a new open-faced stone retrieval device (Dakota, Boston Scientific) for having greater versatility, efficacy, and durability compared with a competing product, and the in vitro performance of the new instrument is consistent with early clinical experience, says Roger L. Sur, MD.