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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 191-194

Endoscopic removal of a proximal urethral stent using a holmium laser: Case report and literature review


1 Department of Urology, S. Joćo Hospital, Porto, Portugal
2 Department of Urology, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA

Correspondence Address:
Francisco Botelho
Department of Urology, S. Joćo Hospital, Porto
Portugal
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7796.102676

PMID: 23248530

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Urethral stents were initially developed for the management of urethral strictures and obstructive voiding disorders in select patients. Urethral stent complications are common and may require stent explantation, which is often quite challenging. We present our experience with endoscopic removal of an encrusted UroLume proximal urethral stent in a 72-year-old male using a holmium laser. The literature on various management options and outcomes for urethral stent removal is reviewed. Endoscopic removal of proximal urethral stents is feasible and safe and should be considered as the primary treatment option in patients requiring stent extraction.


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