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PURPOSE Case series have shown a Fournier's gangrene mortality rate of 20% to 40% with an incidence of as high as 88% in some studies. Because to our knowledge there are no population based data, we used a national database to investigate the epidemiology of Fournier's gangrene. MATERIALS AND METHODS We used the State Inpatient Databases, the largest(More)
PURPOSE The authors of this guideline reviewed the urologic trauma literature to guide clinicians in the appropriate methods of evaluation and management of genitourinary injuries. MATERIALS AND METHODS A systematic review of the literature using the MEDLINE® and EMBASE databases (search dates 1/1/90-9/19/12) was conducted to identify peer-reviewed(More)
The College supports the efforts to provide universal access to quality, timely, and affordable surgical care. President John F. Kennedy once said, "There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." It is imperative that, as patient advocates and practitioners of the art of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the short- to medium-term outcomes after artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) placement from a large, multi-institutional, prospective, follow-up study. We hypothesize that along with radiation, patients with any history of a direct surgery to the urethra will have higher rates of eventual AUS explantation for erosion and/or infection.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate multi-institutional outcomes of bulbar urethroplasty utilizing a standardized cystoscopic follow-up protocol. METHODS Eight reconstructive surgeons prospectively enrolled urethral stricture patients in a multi-institutional study and performed postoperative cystoscopy at 3 and 12 months. Anatomic failure was defined as the inability(More)
With the advent of advanced trauma critical care, and precise methods of assessing renal trauma with computed tomography, most patients with high-grade renal trauma can be managed conservatively. Some patients, however, do not do well with conservative management. This article evaluates specific radiographic characteristics that have recently been(More)
PURPOSE Retrospective studies show that even high grade pediatric renal trauma can be safely managed conservatively. We evaluated a prospective patient registry at our level 1 pediatric trauma center, where patients with renal trauma were treated with an institutional review board approved conservative blunt renal trauma protocol. Standardized treatment(More)
PURPOSE Lichen sclerosus is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition of the genitalia of unknown origin that accounts for nearly 10% of urethral stricture disease. In this study we determine systemic comorbidities associated with lichen sclerosus in men. MATERIALS AND METHODS We analyzed data from 1,151 men who were enrolled in a multi-institutional(More)