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REVIEWS  ENDOUROLOGIC DISEASE GROUP FOR EXCELLENCE (EDGE) RESEARCH CONSORTIUM: A PRIMER ON ADVANCED URETEROSCOPY FOR STONE DISEASE 

Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2016 December;68(6):570-85

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language: English

Complications of ureteroscopy for stone disease

Dmitry VOLKIN 1, Ojas SHAH 2

1 Department of Urology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA; 2 Department of Urology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA


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Ureteroscopy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries for kidney stones and one of the most commonly performed surgeries by urologists overall. Although generally safe, recognizing and understanding the potential complications of ureteroscopy is paramount. Intraoperative complications discussed in this review include difficult access, bleeding, ureteral false passage, perforation, and avulsion. Postoperative considerations discussed include extravasation, infection, postoperative imaging for silent obstruction, and ureteral stricture. We place special emphasis on the management of ureteral stricture, which can be associated with significant morbidity.

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