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BACKGROUND Plasmakinetic enucleation of the prostate (PKEP) has recently been proved a safe and technically feasible procedure for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). However, its long-term safety, efficacy, and durability in comparison with the gold-standard transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) have not yet been reported. OBJECTIVE To report(More)
AIM To investigate the clinicopathologic characteristics of extracellular matrix (ECM) metalloproteinase inducer (CD147) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression in advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), and to evaluate the clinical significance of these two markers in the prognosis of advanced RCC. METHODS CD147 and VEGF expression in(More)
To compare the treatment outcomes between retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS) and minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy (MPCNL) for the management of stones larger than 2 cm in patients with solitary kidney. Between December 2012 and March 2014, 53 patients with a solitary kidney suffering from urinary stones larger than 2 cm were treated with(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe our novel modified technique of ultra-mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy (UMP) using of a novel 6 Fr mininephroscope through an 11-13 Fr metal sheath to perform holmium: YAG laser lithotripsy. METHODS The medical records of 36 patients with moderate-sized (<20 mm) kidney stones treated with UMP from April to July 2012 were(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) using a small tract is controversial, and its indication is considered limited. In our center, however, we have performed Chinese minimally invasive PCNL regularly for managing upper-tract calculi. We report our experience. PATIENTS AND METHODS Our technique is not just about using smaller(More)
BACKGROUND CD147/extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN) expressed by tumor cells stimulates peri-tumorous fibroblasts to produce matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), thus contributing to tumor invasion and metastasis. To assess its suitability as a potential therapeutic target, as well as its association with the clinicopathologic features(More)
The objective of the study is to compare the efficacy and safety of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) and mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy (MPCNL) in treating renal stones sizing 15–25 mm in infants <3 years. Forty-six infants with renal stones sizing 15–30 mm were treated by either ESWL (22 renal units in 22 infants) using Dornier compact delta(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) in infants (<3 years) with renal calculi. METHODS From November 2005 to August 2010, 20 renal units with calculi in 19 infants (13 boys and 6 girls) were treated with PCNL at our institution. Mean age of infants was 20.6 months (range, 7-36 months), the mean stone size(More)
The aim of the study was to objectively analyze the outcomes for minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy (MPCNL) vs standard percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) by systematic review and meta-analysis of published data. A systematic literature review was performed in November 2014 using the PUBMED, EMBASE and Cochrane Library databases to identify(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate how different methods for storage and preservation of urine samples affected the outcome of analysis of risk factors for stone formation. METHODS Spot urine samples were collected from 21 healthy volunteers. Each fresh urine sample was divided into ten 10-mL aliquots: 2 without preservative, 2 with thymol, 2 with toluene, 2 with(More)