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Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1993 Dec;3(6):462-5.

Laparoscopic nephroureterectomy for end-stage reflux nephropathy in a child.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.


End-stage renal disease secondary to vesicoureteral reflux often necessitates removal of the affected kidney and its refluxing ureter. Advances in laparoscopic techniques have made nephroureterectomy through the laparoscope possible in a minimally invasive way. We describe our surgical steps for laparoscopic nephroureterectomy in all 11-year-old girl with end-stage reflux nephropathy. Reduced trauma of surgical access, minimal postoperative morbidity, shorter hospital stay, and minimal scarring make laparoscopic nephroureterectomy a comparatively desirable surgical approach, especially in pediatric patients.

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