A review of current practices and controversies in the use of indwelling ureteric stents

Authors: H. B. Joshi
Published in: Urol List 2013; 11(1): 40-46


Placement of ureteric stent, for short term use, remains one of the commonest urological interventional procedures. Indwelling ureteric stents are associated with significant side effects and problems that influence patient’s health related Quality of Life (HrQOL). Ureteric Stent Symptoms Questionnaire (USSQ)is a validated measure that helps capture impact of stents and serves as a useful outcome measure for clinical studies. In clinical practice, various types of stents are available for use without clear evidence of superiority of one brand over another. Newer stent designs continue to be marketed, and pharmacological treatments proposed, to address stent related morbidity. This overview looks at current practices, problems related to the stents and looks at the basis for different solutions offered.

Key words:
ureteral, stents, practices, problems


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