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OBJECTIVES To characterize the use of emergent JJ ureteric stent placement and percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) for patients with obstructive urolithiasis with sepsis, and to determine whether outcomes differ between the two treatment methods. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 130 patients with obstructive urolithiasis and systemic inflammatory response(More)
PURPOSE Robot assisted partial nephrectomy is rapidly emerging as an alternative to laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for the treatment of renal malignancy. We present the largest multi-institution comparison of the 2 approaches to date, describing outcomes from 3 experienced minimally invasive surgeons. MATERIALS AND METHODS We performed a retrospective(More)
PURPOSE Computerized tomography use increased exponentially in the last 3 decades, and it is commonly used to evaluate many urological conditions. Ionizing radiation exposure from medical imaging is linked to the risk of malignancy. We measured the organ and calculated effective doses of different studies to determine whether the dose-length product method(More)
Imaging for urolithiasis has evolved over the past 30 years. Currently, non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT) remains the first line imaging modality for the evaluation of patients with suspected urolithiasis. NCCT is a dominant source of ionizing radiation for patients and one of its major limitation. However, new low dose NCCT protocols may help to(More)
PURPOSE A novel ball tip (BT) holmium laser fiber has recently been developed, which features a modified rounded tip. The modification is purported to aid in insertion and minimize damage to the ureteroscope working channel. We evaluated this laser fiber with regard to stone comminution, tip degradation, insertional force into the ureteroscope, and impact(More)
This paper presents striking evidence that option trading changes the prices of underlying stocks. In particular, we show that on expiration dates the closing prices of stocks with listed options cluster at option strike prices. On each expiration date, the returns of optionable stocks are altered by an average of at least 16.5 basis points, which(More)
PURPOSE Malignant ureteral obstruction often necessitates chronic urinary diversion and is associated with high rates of failure with traditional ureteral stents. We evaluated the outcomes of a metallic stent placed for malignant ureteral obstruction and determined the impact of risk factors previously associated with increased failure rates of traditional(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The outcomes of ureteroscopy (URS) after urgent decompression and antibiotics for patients who initially present with urosepsis because of obstructive urolithiasis have not been previously evaluated. The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes and complications of URS in patients with a recent history of sepsis with those(More)
PURPOSE There is rising concern over the increasing amount of patient radiation exposure from diagnostic imaging and medical procedures. Patients with nephrolithiasis are at potentially significant risk for radiation exposure due to the need for imaging to manage recurrent stone disease. We reviewed the literature in an attempt to better characterize actual(More)
PURPOSE We studied the impact of the interval from vasectomy to reversal and presence of sperm granuloma on outcomes of reversal. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 213 microsurgical vasectomy reversals performed by a single surgeon were stratified according to obstructive intervals of less than 5 years, 5 to 10 years, 10 to 15 years and greater than 15(More)