Endoscopic Management of Urolithiasis in the Horseshoe Kidney

Andrew T. Blackburne, Marcelino E. Rivera, Matthew T. Gettman, David E. Patterson, Amy E. Krambeck*

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Objective To assess the endourologic outcomes of patients diagnosed with a horseshoe kidney (HK) and symptomatic urolithiasis. Methods A retrospective review was performed of patients diagnosed with an HK who underwent endoscopic management from 2002 to present. Results We identified 45 patients with 64 stone-bearing moieties who underwent 56 procedures, of which 31 (69%) were male. Mean age was 49.4 years (23-78) and mean stone size was 1.6 cm (0.2-5.7). Of the 64 moieties, 37 (58%) underwent percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), 25 (39%) underwent ureteroscopy (URS), and 2 (3%) underwent extracorporal shockwave lithotripsy (SWL). More than one access was utilized in 2 (5.7%) moieties undergoing PCNL. Additional procedures were required in 10 (28.5%) PCNL patients, of which 7 were URS, 2 were secondary PCNL, and 1 sandwich therapy with SWL and PCNL. Stone-free rate by moiety was 81.1% for PCNL, 84% for URS, and 50% for SWL. Postoperative complications occurred in 3 patients in the PCNL group, including readmission for pain and complicated urinary tract infection. With a mean follow-up of 20.5 months (range 0-118 months), stone recurrence was noted in 7 (16%) patients with a total of 11 events. Calcium oxalate was the most common stone type and 20/24 (83%) of patients with metabolic evaluations were found to have at least one abnormality. Conclusion After careful consideration of the anatomy, individuals with HK and symptomatic urolithiasis can be managed safely by a variety of endoscopic approaches with excellent outcomes; however, secondary procedures and recurrence are common.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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