Morphological Changes of the Ureter in Patients with Ureterolithiasis Depending on the Duration of Clinical Manifestations


Oleksandr Vozianov


Urolithiasis (URL) is a common urological disease that often appears in the population, has a high recurrent rate and a significant impact on the social status of the population. Almost half of patients with URL disease are people with ureteric stones, 95% of which have secondary genesis. The main methods of treatment of such patients are extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL) and ureterolithotripsy (URS). It is important in these cases to determine morphological changes (inflammation, edema, sclerosis, necrosis, etc.) that appear in the ureter in the placement of the stone and may reduce the effectiveness of minimally invasive treatment or/and removal of fragments during URS.

The objective: studying morphological changes of the ureter wall in patients with ureterolithiasis in the zone of the calculus in dependence of the duration of clinical manifestations.

Materials and methods. We have studied histological changes of the ureter wall in the location of the stone in patients with ureterolithiasis. We explored the ureter wall in patients depending on duration of typical manifestations of ureterolithiasis, which were 7-en days long, 30 days, and more than 2 months.

Results. If the stone in the ureter is up to 7 days, it does not cause significant microscopic changes of the ureter wall. If the stone been in the ureter during 1 month, more significant morphological changes are determined with desquamation of the urothelium, edema and inflammatory changes in the submucosal membrane. In case of the duration of the calculi in the ureter is more than 2 months, we noted the exfoliation of the urothelium with the denudation of the basement membrane. In the submucosal layer there is an edema, diffuse disorganization of connective tissue fibers, fragments of growth of granulation tissue and dense connective tissue in the form of separate layers.

Conclusion. With increasing duration of the disease in the wall of the ureter increases the manifestations of inflammatory, sclerotic and necrotic changes. Such changes have a direct impact on the quality of visualization of the calculus during endoscopic interventions, the rate of fragmentation and extraction (elimination) of fragments, as a consequence, increase the overall duration of the operation and the risk of intra- and postoperative complications.


Author Biography

Oleksandr Vozianov, State Institution «Institute of Urology of National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine»

Oleksandr S. Vozianov


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