Editorial Comment

Editorial Comment

References 1. Grases F, Conte A, March JG, et al. Epidemiology of urinary stone disease in the Balearic Islands Community. Int Urol Nephrol. 1994; 26:...

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EDITORIAL COMMENT The authors retrospectively reviewed 117 patients over a 2-year period who underwent shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) for treatment of ureteral stones using a Siemens Lithostar modularis Uro plus lithotriptor. Stones were treated at 120 shocks per minute for distal ureteral stones and at 90 shocks per minute for mid and proximal ureteral stones. Plain radiographs plus renal ultrasound were obtained within the first 2 days to determine stone-free status. If stones were not fragmented within 2 days, another SWL treatment session was immediately planned. They categorized patients into stone sizes of 5-10 mm (group 1), 11-15 mm (group 2), ⱖ16 mm (group 3). The success rate was, as expected, lowest in the largest stone size (55.5%) and 100% in the other 2 groups. The number of sessions required to render patients stone free was also the greatest in the largest stone group (mean of 2.27 sessions compared with 1.01 and 1.58 sessions for groups 3, 1, and 2, respectively). Stones in the distal ureter (3.1 days) were faster to clear than mid (6.1 days) or proximal (13.1 days) ureteral stones. Mean clearance times were also fastest with the smallest stones (mean 2.2, 7.7, and 12.2 days for groups 1, 2, and 3, respectively). It should be noted that these times are calculated from their first SWL treatment and this time also includes any subsequent SWL treatment sessions. This current study provides good data to perform SWL in patients with stones smaller than 15 mm, with the caveat that approximately half of the patients with stones over 10 mm may require a second lithotripsy treatment. There would be a good argument to perform ureteroscopy in these patients and certainly in patients with stones ⬎15 mm if you wish to make the patient stone free in one procedure. Of course, this study did not measure pain scores or symptoms and, arguably, ureteroscopy would result in more postoperative symptoms than SWL. Patients must be counseled regarding this trade-off in multiple procedures for SWL vs a single procedure that would render them stone free, but potentially at a higher rate of complications. The AUA Guidelines’ recommendation for the treatment of ureteral stones is (1) observation with medical expulsive therapy (MET) if there is good preservation of renal function, stone is ⬍10 mm and no signs of urosepsis; or (2) treatment of the stone with SWL or ureteroscopy for stones of any size. Patients must be informed of the differences in anesthesia requirements, stone-free rates, need for ancillary procedures, and complications. Ureteroscopy is associated with a higher stone-free rate with a single procedure, but at a cost of potentially higher complications. The days to passage of stone fragments post SWL for stones ⬍15 mm is certainly faster than most studies regarding spontaneous stone passage using MET. These authors show that SWL is a viable option for stones up to 15 mm, although I believe that patients with stones ⬎15 mm or in the proximal ureter may best be served by ureteroscopy. Ben H. Chew, M.D., M.Sc, F.R.C.S.C., Department of Urology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada doi:10.1016/j.urology.2010.11.039 UROLOGY 78: 30, 2011. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

UROLOGY 78 (1), 2011

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