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Vaporisation des sténoses urétrales au laser KTP 532 [Vaporization of urethral stenosis using the KTP 532 laser]
Publication types: Comparative Study
The authors treated 16 patients presenting with a total of 20 anterior urethral strictures using the KTP 16 Laser. The aetiology was iatrogenic in 50% of cases, infectious in 20% of cases, traumatic in 20% of cases and unknown in 10% of cases. The stricture was situated in the bulbous urethra (80%), membranous urethra (10%) or penil urethra (10%). Laser vaporization of the urethral stricture was performed over the entire circumference of the urethra when necessary, followed by bladder drainage by urethral catheter for 24 hours. All patients were prospectively reviewed at 3 weeks, 3 months and 6 months (clinical symptoms, uroflowmetry, cystourethrography). A complete symptom and urodynamic success was obtained in 13 patients (81%) at 3 and 6 months. The stricture recurred in 4 patients, but only three of them (19%) required treatment (reoperation of repeat dilatations). The mean maximum flow rate increased from 6 mL/s to 20 mL/s at 3 months and was maintained at 19 mL/s at 6 months. No intraoperative or postoperative complications were observed. In conclusion, our results confirm that KTP 532 laser urethral strictures is a reliable and effective method in the medium term. These good results also suggest an advantage in terms of the recurrence rate in comparison with internal urethrotomy. However, our series needs to be evaluated with a longer follow-up and prospective, randomized trials comparing the two methods need to be conducted.
Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Balloon Dilatation, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Iatrogenic Disease, Laser Therapy, Male, Middle Aged, Penis/pathology, Phosphates, Prospective Studies, Recurrence, Reoperation, Reproducibility of Results, Titanium, Urethra/injuries, Urethra/pathology, Urethral Stricture/etiology, Urethral Stricture/pathology, Urinary Catheterization, Urinary Tract Infections/complications, Urination, Urodynamics
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