David Leavitt

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Extrinsic malignant compression of the ureter is not uncommon, often refractory to decompression with conventional polymeric ureteral stents, and frequently associated with limited survival. Alternative options for decompression include tandem ureteral stents, metallic stents and metal-mesh stents, though the preferred method remains controversial. We(More)
INTRODUCTION Aspirin, as an inhibitor of platelets, is traditionally discontinued prior to percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) given the concern for increased surgical hemorrhage. However, this practice is based on expert opinion only, and mounting evidence suggests holding aspirin perioperatively can be more harmful than once thought. We sought to compared(More)
INTRODUCTION The gold standard treatment for upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) is radical nephroureterectomy (RNU). The role of endoscopic resection is limited to low-risk patients. In this study, we present our 30-year experience in the endoscopic management of UTUC. METHODS In this retrospective study, we identified 141 patients who underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the use of fish oil in the dietary management of hypercalciuric stone formers. Prostaglandins have been linked to urinary calcium excretion, suggesting a role for omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of hypercalciuric urolithiasis. METHODS We retrospectively studied a cohort of patients treated at our stone clinics from July 2007(More)
PURPOSE We report our experience and present our technique with the robot-assisted laparoscopic ipsilateral ureteroureterostomy (IUU) in the management of ureteral duplication with ectopia in children. PATIENTS AND METHODS We reviewed our institutional experience for all patients who underwent a robot-assisted laparoscopic IUU at the University of(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse our experience with and the outcomes and lessons learned from percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) in the super obese (body mass index [BMI] ≥50 kg/m(2) ). PATIENTS AND METHODS In this institutional review board approved study we retrospectively reviewed our PCNL database between July 2011 and September 2014 and identified all patients(More)
PURPOSE Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is commonly performed with the patient prone. There is concern that the prone position, especially in obese patients, negatively affects ventilation due to the restriction of chest compliance and respiratory mechanics. We analyzed the change in airway resistance between supine and prone positioning of patients undergoing(More)
Few cases of synchronous bilateral stage I seminomas have been reported in the world literature. We present a case of bilateral synchronous testicular seminoma, the current literature on the management of stage I seminoma, and the implications for radiotherapy. A forty-year-old man presented with synchronous bilateral classical seminomas, both stage IA.(More)