Percutaneous balloon dilatation of ureteral strictures

C. D. Johnson, E. J. Oke, N. R. Dunnick, A. V. Moore, S. D. Braun, G. E. Newman, L. Perlmutt, L. R. King

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Percutaneous balloon dilatation of ureteral strictures has not gained widespread acceptance, despite proven success with the techniques for dilating stenotic blood vessels. Thirty-one ureteral strictures (in 30 patients) that were dilated during a 42-month period were reviewed to assess the results and to determine which patients are most likely to benefit from the procedure. Eighteen (58%) of 31 strictures were successfully dilated and remained patent for at least 6 months. Thirteen (42%) of 31 strictures resulted in failed patency either immediately (two patients) or within 3 months (seven patients), 6 months (three patients), or 21 months (one patient). Fourteen (64%) of 22 strictures less than 7 months of age were successfully dilated. All dilations for strictures more than 7 months of age failed. Four strictures were of unknown age. Nine (69%) of 13 strictures located in the proximal or midureter remained patent, and three (60%) of five dilations at a ureteroileal anastomosis were successful. Neither of two strictures at a ureterocolic anastomosis was treated successfully. We conclude that percutaneous balloon dilatation is an effective treatment of ureteral strictures in some patients, especially when the stricures are less than 7 months of age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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