, Volume 29, Issue 2, p 205
Date: 18 Nov 2012

Our response to Letter

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Dear Editor,

We thank the authors for valuable comments about our article. Today, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and open surgery are the methods of choice in the treatment of most pediatric urinary stones [1]. Considering the small size of the kidneys, a high recurrence rate of stone formation increases the importance of minimally invasive urological treatment modalities in pediatric urinary stone disease. For this reason, it is reported in the literature that mini PCNL supersedes open stone surgery for pediatric stone diseases [2, 3].

There are limited experience about flexible ureteroscopy in pediatric patients. Resorlu et al. reported that retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS) was an effective alternative to mini-perc in children. They commented that operation time, hospital stay, radiation exposure and morbidities of PCNL could be significantly reduced with this technique [4]. But they also added mini-perc continued to be the best ch