Natural history of refluxing distal ureteral stumps after nephrectomy and partial ureterectomy for vesicoureteral reflux

Mark P. Cain, John C. Pope, Anthony J. Casale, Mark C. Adams, Michael A. Keating, Richard C. Rink

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Abstract

Purpose: We evaluated the natural history of refluxing distal ureteral stumps after nephrectomy and partial ureterectomy. Materials and Methods: Between 1985 to 1996, 38 patients a mean age of 37 months underwent nephrectomy and partial ureterectomy for reflux into a nonfunctioning kidney. The diagnosis included primary reflux in 23 patients, reflux associated with posterior urethral valves in 10 and ipsilateral ureterocele in 5. Mean followup was 45 months. Results: Only 1 patient with an ipsilateral ureterocele and 1 with contralateral reflux (5%) had symptomatic infections during postoperative followup, and each underwent a secondary procedure to remove the ureteral stump. No patient with only primary unilateral reflux required surgery for the refluxing stump. Conclusions: Because of the low risk of morbidity associated with a refluxing ureteral stump, we recommend nephrectomy and proximal ureterectomy in patients with reflux into a nonfunctioning kidney.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1026-1027
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume160
Issue number3 II
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1998

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Keywords

  • Kidney
  • Nephrectomy
  • Recurrence
  • Ureter
  • Vesico-ureteral reflux

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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