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Danilovic A., 2020: Editorial Comment: Renal Stone Features Are More Important Than Renal Anatomy to Predict Shock Wave Lithotripsy Outcomes: Results from a Prospective Study with CT Follow-Up

Danilovic A.
Serviço de Urologia, Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP - HCFMUSP, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

Abstract

Predictors of shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) outcomes have been widely studied. Both renal stone features and collecting system anatomy are considered to play a major role to predict stone free rate of SWL. To date, EAU guideline recommends avoid SWL in lower pole kidney stone with an infundibulopelvic angle < 70°, an infundibular length > 30°, and an infundibular width ≤ 5 mm (1). However, those anatomical features were evaluated using intravenous pyelography, rarely used nowadays.
In this study, the authors used computerized tomography (CT) to challenge the concept of the importance of the lower pole location to the outcomes of SWL. In this prospective clinical study, the authors demonstrated the major predictors of SWL success were stone size, stone density and stone-skin distance but not stone location. Interestingly, collecting system anatomy evaluated by CT seems to play a major role in flexible ureteroscopy (2) but not in SWL. In order to promote stone fragmentation, Holmium laser success depends more on collecting system anatomy but SWL depends more on stone features.

Int Braz J Urol. 2020 Mar-Apr;46(2):271-272. doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2020.02.04. FREE ARTICLE

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Peter Alken on Wednesday, June 24 2020 08:30

This comment refers to a recently published and reviewed article which is freely available at the site of the Journal of Endourology: Torricelli FCM, Monga M, Yamauchi FI, et al. Renal Stone Features Are More Important Than Renal Anatomy to Predict Shock Wave Lithotripsy Outcomes: Results from a Prospective Study with CT Follow-Up. J Endourol. 2020;34(1):63–67. doi:10.1089/end.2019.0545

This comment refers to a recently published and reviewed article which is freely available at the site of the Journal of Endourology: Torricelli FCM, Monga M, Yamauchi FI, et al. Renal Stone Features Are More Important Than Renal Anatomy to Predict Shock Wave Lithotripsy Outcomes: Results from a Prospective Study with CT Follow-Up. J Endourol. 2020;34(1):63–67. doi:10.1089/end.2019.0545
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