Ureterocystoplasty: Indications for a successful augmentation

D. A. Husmann*, W. T. Snodgrass, M. A. Koyle, P. D. Furness, B. P. Kropp, E. Y. Cheng, W. E. Kaplan, S. A. Kramer

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Purpose: We evaluate the outcome of ureterocystoplasty based on preoperative evaluations. Materials and Methods: We reviewed preoperative ultrasound, voiding cystourethrography and preoperative/postoperative urodynamic studies (UDS) in 64 patients undergoing ureterocystoplasty. Results: Augmentation was performed with the distal 5 to 8 cm of a single megaureter in 8 patients without and 16 with grade 4 to 5/5 reflux. Median gain or loss in capacity and compliance was +0.14-fold and -0.11-fold, respectively. Re-augmentation has occurred or is pending in 23 cases (92%). Augmentation was performed in 40 patients with either a complete single or double collecting system. In 9 patients without reflux the diameter of the augmenting system was directly related to success. None of 6 with a ureteral diameter of greater than 1.5 cm required re-augmentation (median increase in bladder capacity and compliance 6 and 50-fold, respectively). Ureterocystoplasty was inadequate in 3 patients with a ureteral diameter of less than 1.5 cm and re-augmentation was required. In 31 patients with reflux, preoperative UDS of the entire system was beneficial. If the system had either normal or mild noncompliance (greater than 20 ml/cm H2O) ureterocystoplasty improved compliance 1-fold (6 cases) and re-augmentation not required. If UDS showed moderately or severely noncompliant system (less than 20 ml/cm H2O, 26 cases) ureterocystoplasty increased capacity and compliance by 0.4-fold (40%) and 0.25-fold (25%), respectively. Re-augmentation has occurred or is pending in 21 of 26 cases (81%). Conclusions: Ureterocystoplasty with any single or double collecting system is warranted in patients without reflux and a ureteral width greater than 1.5 cm, and in patients with reflux and mild noncompliance (greater than 20 ml/cm H2O) on UDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-380
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004


  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Urethral disease
  • Urodynamics
  • Vesico-ureteral reflux

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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