The association between ureteral wall thickness and need for additional procedures after primary ureteroscopy in patients with ureteral stones above the iliac crest

Bulbul E., GÜLTEKİN M. H., Ilki Y., TUTAR O., ÇİTGEZ S., ÖNAL B.

AKTUELLE UROLOGIE, vol.54, no.1, pp.37-43, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1055/a-1840-0682
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.37-43
  • Keywords: Ureteral stone, Ureteroscopy, Minimally invasive surgery, Treatment outcome, Non-contrast enhanced computed tomography, SHOCK-WAVE LITHOTRIPSY, SEMIRIGID URETEROSCOPY, MANAGEMENT, CALCULI, URETEROLITHOTRIPSY, COMPLICATIONS
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


Purpose To examine the parameters affecting the need for additional procedures in the primary ureteroscopy treatment in patients with ureteral stones above the iliac crest level.Methods Seventy-one patients were included in the study who were & GE; 18 years old and had undergone ureteroscopy (URS) for ureteral stones above the iliac crest level between 2018-2020 and had a non-contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography before the procedures were included in the study. Patients and stone characteristics were prospectively collected. The results were evaluated six weeks after URS. The absence of any residual fragment was thought to indicate stone-free status. The patients with failure were referred for the additional procedures.Results The median patient age was 51 years [interquartile range (IQR): 18-66]. The median transverse stone diameter was 9.5 mm (IQR: 7.1-11.4), and the median ureteral wall thickness (UWT) was 5.8 mm (IQR: 4.3-6.5). In the univariate analysis, UWT (p < 0.001), presence of multiple stones (p = 0.008), and stone length (p = 0.022) affected stone-free status. The multivariate analysis revealed UWT as the only independent factor affecting the need for additional procedures after URS (p = 0.028). In the receiver operating characteristic curve analysis, the best threshold value for UWT according to the outcomes was identified as 5.8 mm.Conclusion Ureteral wall thickness was the only independent parameter determining the need for additional procedures and affecting the treatment outcomes after the URS procedure.