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Balloon dilatation of ureteric strictures.

Author(s): Punekar S | Rao S | Swami G | Soni A | Kinne J | Karhadkar S

Journal: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
ISSN 0022-3859

Volume: 46;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2000;
Original page

Keywords: Adolescent | Adult | Balloon Dilatation | Female | Human | Male | Treatment Outcome | Ureteral Obstruction | etiology | therapy

AIMS: Evaluation of dilatation as a minimally invasive technique for the treatment of ureteric strictures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We evaluated this technique in 16 patients with ureteric and secondary pelviureteric junction strictures from June 1998. Of these, 7 were men and 9 were women. The age range was from 14 to 40 years. RESULTS: Balloon dilatation was successful in 69% of patients. Strictures secondary to previous surgery had nearly 100% success. Of the 8 cases diagnosed as genitourinary tuberculosis, success rate was 50%. CONCLUSIONS: Factors affecting success of balloon dilatation are: a) age of the stricture b) length of the stricture and c) etiology of the stricture. In a select group of patients with fresh post-operative or post-inflammatory strictures, balloon dilatation may be an attractive alternative to surgery.

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