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ISRN Urology
Volume 2011, Article ID 242690, 5 pages
Research Article

Endourological Management of Urolithiasis in Donor Kidneys prior to Renal Transplant

1Department of Urology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK
2Department of Renal Transplant, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK
3Department of Radiology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK

Received 24 March 2011; Accepted 1 May 2011

Academic Editor: B. Delahunt

Copyright © 2011 Nikhil Vasdev et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. We present our centres successful endourological methodology of ex vivo ureteroscopy (EVFUS) in the management of these kidneys prior to renal transplantation. Patient and Methods. A retrospective analysis was performed of all living donors ( 𝑛 = 1 5 7 ) identified to have asymptomatic incidental renal calculi from January 2004 until December 2008. The incidence of asymptomatic renal calculi was 3.2% ( 𝑛 = 5 ). Donors were subdivided into 2 groups depending on whether theydonated the kidney with the renal calculus (Group 1) versus the opposite calculus-free kidney (Group 2). Results. All donors in Group 1 underwent a left laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. The calculi were extracted in all 3 cases using a 7.5 Fr flexible ureteroscope either prior to transplant ( 𝑛 = 2 ) or on revascularization ( 𝑛 = 1 ). There were no urological complications in either group. At a mean followup at 64 months there was no recurrent calculi formation in the recipient in Group 1. However, 1 recipient formed a calculus in group 2 at a follow up of 72 months. Conclusions. Renal calculi can be successfully retrieved during living-related transplantation at the time of transplant itself using EVUS. This is technically feasible and is associated with no compromise in ureteral integrity or renal allograft function.