, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 441-444
Date: 09 Jul 2014

The glue-clot technique: a new technique description for small calyceal stone fragments removal

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During the last 20 years, the technology advancement of small flexible ureterorenoscopes has dramatically changed the management of renal calculi. Retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS) has currently a high impact on active stone treatment, and it is increasingly used worldwide. Nevertheless, kidney stone fragmentation and direct removal of fragments require many passages of the ureteroscope, is often time-consuming, and may be very difficult through anatomical and technical factors. We describe a simple, feasible and efficient technique for small stone fragments retrieval, which are often difficult to remove during RIRS.