J P Capolicchio

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Pre-transplant nephrectomy is performed to reduce risks to graft and recipient. The aims of this study were to evaluate (1) indications, surgical approach, and morbidity of native nephrectomy and (2) the effects of kidney removal on clinical and biological parameters. This study was designed as a single-center retrospective cohort study in which 49(More)
Obstruction of the urinary tract activates apoptotic pathways in collecting duct cells and leads to loss of renal parenchyma before surgical intervention. It has been suggested that developmental pathways may be reactivated to offset acute organ damage. One such molecule, PAX2, is expressed throughout the fetal collecting duct and was recently shown to(More)
OBJECTIVE Secondary tethering of the spinal cord (TSC) occurs in 3-30% of patients with history of spinal cord dysraphism repair. As many patients with spinal cord dysraphism already have symptoms, it might be difficult to diagnose secondary TSC. Regular clinical/urodynamic (UDS) evaluation is therefore advised to pick-up changes early before they progress.(More)
PURPOSE We assessed the reliability and validity of the Urinary Tract Dilation classification system as a new grading system for postnatal hydronephrosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed charts of patients who presented with hydronephrosis from 2008 to 2013. We included patients diagnosed prenatally and those with hydronephrosis(More)
OBJECTIVES To present the first experience with a 3-port technique for retroperitoneoscopic (HARP) radical nephrectomy, radical nephroureterectomy, and total and live donor nephrectomy. We believe that the retroperitoneoscopic (RP) approach to nephrectomy is advantageous, as it avoids mobilization of intraperitoneal organs and provides direct access to the(More)
Many genes and loci have been reported in genetic studies of primary vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), but few have been reproduced in independent cohorts, perhaps because of phenotype heterogeneity. We phenotyped children with VUR who attended urology clinics so we could establish criteria to stratify patients based on the presence or absence of a renal(More)
INTRODUCTION Laparoscopic reconstructive surgery is associated with a steep learning curve related to the use of two-dimensional (2D) vision and rigid instruments. With the advent of robotic surgery, three-dimensional (3D) vision, and articulated instruments, this learning curve has been facilitated. We present a hybrid alternative to robotic surgery, using(More)
The retroperitoneoscopic (RP) approach to live donor nephrectomy (LDN) may be advantageous for the donor because it avoids mobilization of peritoneal organs and provides direct access to the renal vessels. Notwithstanding, this approach is not popular, likely because of the steeper learning curve. We feel that hand-assistance (HA) can reduce the learning(More)
PURPOSE Screening for vesicoureteral reflux in asymptomatic infants with low grade hydronephrosis is unjustified if this condition is benign. We present a cohort with prenatally detected hydronephrosis, some observed without voiding cystourethrography, and compare outcomes to a classic, screened group. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 206 consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVES Testicular hypertrophy has previously been evaluated as a predictor of monorchism. However, its implication in clinical practice is not well evaluated. The aim of the present study was to examine its value in planning the operative time. PATIENTS AND METHODS Medical charts of prospectively recorded data of 76 consecutive patients with(More)