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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65-72

Metallic stents in the management of ureteric strictures

Department of Urology, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals, Chertsey, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Ravi Kulkarni
Department of Urology, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals, Chertsey, Surrey
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.124210

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Management of ureteric strictures is a challenging task. Subtle presentation, silent progression and complex aetiology may delay diagnosis. A wide range of available treatment options combined with the lack of adequate randomised trials has led to the introduction of personal bias in the management of this difficult group of patients. Metallic ureteric stents offer an alternative to the conventional treatment modalities. A review of the currently available metallic stents and their role in the long-term management of ureteric strictures is presented. Materials used in the manufacture of indwelling urological devices are evolving all the time. Improved endo-urological techniques combined with new devices made from better compounds will continue to improve patient experience.

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