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PURPOSE We assessed the effectiveness and safety of laparoscopic pyelolithotomy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy as surgical management for solitary renal pelvic calculi larger than 2 cm. MATERIALS AND METHODS We searched PubMed®, EMBASE®, The Cochrane Library and the Web of Knowledge(SM) databases up to November 9, 2012 for relevant published studies.(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the clinical outcomes between thulium laser transurethral enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP) and plasmakinetic bipolar resection of the prostate (PKRP) for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in a prospective randomized trial with 18 months of follow-up. METHODS The study randomized 158 consecutive patients with BPH to(More)
INTRODUCTION Cavernous nerves (CNs) injury is the main cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) following radical prostatectomy. Its restoration remains challenging. AIM To investigate the feasibility of erectile function recovery by autologous vein graft after bilateral CNs being excised in a rat model. METHODS A total of 36 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats(More)
In order to identify the anti-invasive and anti-metastatic effect of the synthetic retinoid N-(4-hydroxyphenyl) retinamide (4-HPR) on the human bladder cancer EJ cell line, and to study its impact on the expression of wingless-type mouse mammary tumor virus integration site family, member 5a (Wnt5a), the phosphorylation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), the(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the feasibility of flexible ureteroscopy training by using isolated porcine kidneys and ureters in vitro. METHODS Twenty young urologists were randomly divided into four groups. Overall performance was assessed based on a global rating scale, pass/fail rating, total time to complete task, learning curve, incidence of trauma, and(More)
Transient receptor potential melastatin 7 (TRPM7) functions as a Mg2+/Ca2+-permeable channel fused with a kinase domain and regulates various physical processes and diseases. However, its effects on pathogenesis of human bladder cancer (BCa) has not been clarified yet. Our microarray analysis has suggested that calcium signaling pathway is connected with(More)
Long-term ketamine abuse can affect the urinary system, resulting in lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), but the pathogenesis of this is still unknown. Previous studies have demonstrated that ketamine can change the expression of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the serum of ketamine abuse patients. The aim of the present study is to explore(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare our modified retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy with the standard procedure. METHODS A total of 68 patients underwent modified retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy. Simultaneously, another 23 patients were treated using the standard procedure. The demographic data and perioperative outcomes of the patients were obtained for statistical(More)
INTRODUCTION The ACTH receptor (ACTHR) is primarily expressed in the adrenal cortex. Previous studies focused on the regulatory function of ACTHR in glucocorticoid secretion, but research on adrenal tumours is rare. The aim of this study was to evaluate ACTHR expression in common adrenal adenomas and investigate its influence on adrenal tumorigenesis using(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes between thulium laser enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP) and plasmakinetic bipolar resection of the prostate (PKRP) for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in a prospective randomized trial with 5 years of follow-up. One hundred fifty-eight consecutive patients with BPH were randomized to(More)
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