Evaluation of polydimethylsiloxane as an alternative in the endoscopic treatment of vesicoureteral reflux

D. P. Smith*, W. E. Kaplan, R. Oyasu

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Endoscopic correction of vesicoureteral reflux is an attractive alternative to open repair. In terms of effectiveness and long-term successful results polytetrafluoroethylene (Polytef) is the most reliable injectable product. However, legitimate concerns regarding particle migration still exist for polytetrafluoroethylene. Polydimethylsiloxane (Macroplastique) was evaluated as an alternative to polytetrafluoroethylene. Seven mongrel female dogs underwent endoscopic suburothelial injections of 0.35 to 0.50 cc polydimethylsiloxane paste by the O'Donnell technique to a unilateral nonrefluxing ureteral orifice. To facilitate migratory surveillance the paste was mixed with 57carbon monoxide radiolabeled 80 μm. microspheres and injected in 5 of the 7 animals. Animals were sacrificed at 1, 3 and 6-month intervals. All major organs were retrieved and processed. After intensive histological evaluation the remaining tissue underwent dissolution and centrifugation in sodium hypochlorite. The resulting insoluble pellet was further analyzed. In dogs injected with radiolabeled paste tissue samples and insoluble pellets of each organ system were analyzed for γ counts. Smears of the insoluble pellets of all animals were examined on light and phase contrast microscopy. At autopsy no gross abnormalities were noted. Tissue reaction at injection sites revealed a well encapsulated foreign body reaction with predominantly giant cells, fibroblasts and collagen deposition. Limited local migration of polydimethylsiloxane particles into the periureteral lymphatics of 1 animal sacrificed at 1 month was noted and a single particle visually indistinguishable from polydimethylsiloxane also was found within the splenic capsule. The endoscopic procedure in this animal was complicated in that 2 separate injections were required and histological evaluation confirmed that the injections were performed uniquely deep into the bladder muscularis. Radioactive counts and dissolution of all major organ systems demonstrated no migration in the remaining 6 animals. Endoscopic subureteral injection of polydimethylsiloxane is technically feasible, and it may prove to be biocompatible and without risk of distant migration if injected correctly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1221-1224
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994


  • dogs
  • endoscopy
  • silicones
  • ureter
  • vesico-ureteral reflux

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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