Percutaneous antegrade ureteric stent removal using a rigid alligator forceps.
AffiliationDepartment of Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
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CitationPercutaneous antegrade ureteric stent removal using a rigid alligator forceps. 2008, 52 (6):576-9 J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol
JournalJournal of medical imaging and radiation oncology
AbstractTo evaluate the safety and efficacy of percutaneous antegrade ureteric stent removal using a rigid alligator forceps. Twenty patients were included in our study. Indications for ureteric stent insertion included stone disease (n = 7), malignancy (n = 8) and transplant anastomotic strictures (n = 5). Stent retrieval was carried out for proximal stent placement/migration in seven patients and encrustation in the remaining 13. Twenty-two stents were successfully retrieved in 20 patients. There was one technical failure (5%). There were no major complications. We had four minor complications, which included nephrostomy site pain (n = 2), periprocedural sepsis (n = 1) and a small urinoma (n = 1). All patients settled with conservative management. Percutaneous radiologically guided antegrade ureteric stent removal with an alligator forceps is safe and effective, particularly when initial surgical removal has failed.
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