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J Endourol. 2011 Dec;25(12):1829-30. doi: 10.1089/end.2011.0138. Epub 2011 Oct 17.

Fractured retained ureteral stent in a patient lost to follow-up.

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  • 1Section of Urology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, USA.


Retained ureteral stents in patients lost to follow-up present a challenge to urologists. Patients may present with recurrent flank pain, pyelonephritis, stent migration or encrustation, and ureteral obstruction, with resultant renal failure. Rarely, a long-indwelling period may result in stent fragmentation. Herein, we present a case of a fractured retained ureteral stent noted in a patient lost to follow-up for five years and resurfaced only after complaints of contralateral renal colic.

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