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A Journal on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Affiliated to the and to the International Research Group of Immunoscintigraphy
Indexed/Abstracted in: Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 2,413
Online ISSN 1827-1936
Pablo AGUIAR 1, 2, Daniel PÉREZ-FENTES 3, Miguel GARRIDO 2, Camilo GARCÍA 3, Álvaro RUIBAL 1, 2, Julia CORTÉS 1, 2
1 Nuclear Medicine Department, Clinical Hospital, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; 2 Molecular Imaging Group, Facultade de Medicina, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, IDIS, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; 3 Urology Department, Clinical Hospital, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to develop a method for estimating DMSA SPECT renal function on each renal pole in order to evaluate the effect of percutaneous nephrolithotripsy by focusing the measurements on the region through which the percutaneous approach is performed.
METHODS: Twenty patients undergoing percutaneous nephrolithotripsy between November 2010 and June 2012 were included in this study. Both Planar and SPECT-DMSA studies were carried out before and after nephrolithotripsy. The effect of percutaneous nephrolithotripsy was evaluated by estimating the total renal function and the regional renal function of each renal pole. Despite PCNL has been previously reported as a minimally invasive technique, our results showed regional renal function decreases in the treated pole in most patients, affecting the total renal function in a few of them.
RESULTS: A quantification method was used for estimating the SPECT DMSA renal function of the upper, interpolar and lower renal poles. Our results confirmed that total renal function was preserved after nephrolithotripsy. Nevertheless, the proposed method showed that the regional renal function of the treated pole decreased in most patients (15 of 20 patients), allowing us to find differences in patients who had not shown changes in the total renal function obtained from conventional quantification methods.
CONCLUSION: A method for estimating the SPECT DMSA renal function focused on the treated pole enabled us to show for the first time that nephrolithotripsy can lead to a renal parenchymal damage restricted to the treated pole.